Category Archives: audiobooks

Language Hack #1 – Audiobooks with transcripts

This post is the first in a new series of hacks that will massively accelerate your language learning.

What’s it about?

Foreign language audiobooks are great learning tools. Combined with a matching transcript they become incredible resources. Today I’m going to show you how to use audiobooks to hugely boost your language level.
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THE definitive list of Japanese language audiobooks

As I discussed here, an audiobook together with the corresponding  transcript is one of the best ways of improving your proficiency in a foreign language.

For whatever reason, the Japanese are not big fans of audiobooks. I have spent a great deal of time looking around for good quality materials in Japanese, but usually ended up frustrated by how scattered the resources were.

The following list is therefore an attempt to bring together all the Japanese audiobooks that I could find.  Many of them are free. I have provided links to the audio file, transcript, physical book or e-book wherever possible. Enjoy!


Fairy Tale “Goldilocks and the Three Bears” (8 min)
Audio (free with Audible trial)
Book


Fairy Tale “Beauty and the Beast” (9 min)
Audio (free with Audible trial)
Transcript
Book
Book (manga)


Fairy Tale “Cinderella” (8 min)
Audio (free with Audible trial)
Transcript
E-book


O Henry “Gift of the Magi” (25 min)
Audio (free) 
Transcript
Parallel Text 
E-book


Natsume Soseki “Yumejuuya” (1 hour 14 min)
Audio (free with Audible trial)
Transcript
Translation
E-book

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The big list of Chinese language audiobooks

As I discussed here, an audiobook together with the corresponding  transcript is one of the best ways of improving your proficiency in a foreign language.

This is the list of audiobooks in Chinese that we were able to find so far. Most come together with the transcript.


Fortress Besieged “Fortress besieged” (14+ hours)
Audio (free)
Transcript
Book

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