Four Seasons: Spring

Part of a quartet of very short stories, Spring follows a family of birds and the joys and challenges of new life. Featuring short sentences, desu/masu verb endings, and easy vocabulary, this series is perfect for students just getting started reading in Japanese. (Ongoing, 10 episodes)

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Episode 1
The arrival of spring means a change for two small birds.
Notes: This episode contains a note on a phenomenon that frequently happens when creating compound words, a breakdown of a potentially tricky sentence, and more.
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Episode 2
The chicks take a big step in their development.
Notes: This episode contains a note on a word that means "through-and-through," one on a word that means "to make up one's mind," and more.
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Episode 3
The new fliers get better with practice.
Notes: This episode contains a note on relative clauses, one on a pattern that means "to become able to (verb)," and more.
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Episode 4
The chicks receive an important lesson from their mother.
Notes: This episode contains a note that briefly explains verb nominalization, one on an intensified version of sugoi, and more.
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With Sound Effects Unread 457
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Episode 5
The bird family confronts the threat.
Notes: This episode contains a note on two different ways to use the word hisshi, a note on distinguishing two meanings of the -you to suru pattern, and more.
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With Sound Effects Unread 371
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Episode 6
The father bird desperately attempts to evade the hotly pursuing hawk.
Notes: This episode contains a note on a word that can be combined with direction words to mean "right (below, behind, above, etc.)," and one on a pattern that means that something nearly happens but does not.
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With Sound Effects Unread 305
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Episode 7
A possible safe harbor appears.
Notes: This episode contains a note that looks at why the same word can sometimes be written in different kanji, one that discusses a pattern that means that it looks like something will happen at any moment, and more.
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With Sound Effects Unread 183
Voice Only Unread 22