Japanese Language Audio Books on iPad with Rye Studio

Posted on 03. Oct, 2011 @ 9:51 am by in Books, Gadgets, Media Views: 4,649

In an effort to boost my pitiful Chinese abilities… I got an App!

A company called Rye Studio makes a series of picture book apps for iPhone and iPad that read you a story while showing you the text in Chinese. Listening to target language text being read at native speed while reading along is a great way to pick up new vocabulary if you ask me.

What’s that you say? You’re not studying Chinese, you’re learning Japanese! Of course! Well, the kicker is that you can watch the story while reading and listening to it in a variety of languages… including Japanese in most cases! (Not that I’m spending all my time in China looking for Japanese language sources… no not at all… I just happened to notice this and decided to tell you about it… yeah that’s it…)

Mulan in Chinese!
Mulan in Japanese!

(Doesn’t looking at all the Chinese characters that appear in both the Japanese and the Chinese make you crazy?)

And rest assured, the Japanese seems to be being read by a native speaker as far as I and my Japanese wife can tell. So yeah, it’s high quality stuff.

The following Rye Studio stories are available in Japanese:
The Little Snail かたつむり
Mulan ムーラン
The Magic Brush and Maliang 魔法の筆と馬良
The Monkeys Who Tried to Catch the Mooon 猿とお月さん

There are lots more as well!

Also, these apps all run on your iPhone or iPod Touch as well. The screen shots in this post are all from the iPhone and iPod Touch screens. Note, it’s a universal app, so you only have to buy it once and you can run it on both of your devices.

Well worth a look!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PLYHECQAGROQXMRFSUCYLGZBSM Carol

    Interesting to imagine you both listerning to those Chinese ancient stories, but are they fun enough for adults?

    • http://twitter.com/JapanNewbie Harvey

      These are stories that EVERY Chinese person knows. So if being up to speed on the local culture is important, I think adults will find them worthwhile. They are culturally significant.

  • http://twitter.com/JapanNewbie Harvey

    なんで面白くないの?文化と言葉をすごく便利な方法で同時に勉強できるじゃない。私はいいと思うんだけど。

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