When you are choosing a book from the library, try to find a book that interests you and is at your reading level.
To find out if a book is at your reading level look at the level (1, 2, 3, 4, 5). If you still are not sure, use the Five Finger Method. To start, count the number of new words you see on the first few pages.
(The Five-Finger Rule taken from the Extensive Reading Foundation).
Extensive reading (what you would think of as leisure reading) differs from intensive reading (what you often do in class). There will no vocabulary lists or grammatical points and you will not be tested on your ability to read aloud fluently.
Start with books that you can enjoy without using a dictionary. Tadoku has four "golden" rules:
If you need help to find the right levels of the books to read or want to read more in Japanese, please please don't hesitate to contact me.
(adapted from NPO 多読のはじめかた)
Watch this video for more information: 多読の読み方
|Level||Vocabulary Range||Number of Characters per Story|
|Level 0||350||less than 400|
Tadoku (多読) - ‘Ta’ (多) in tadoku means ‘a lot’, and ‘doku’(読) means ‘to read’. Extensive reading can help you gain reading comprehension, reading speed, vocabulary, and writing skills in Japanese.
This guide will help you locate books you may find interesting. Please let me know if you have questions or would like to read more in Japanese.