The KLC Graded Reading Sets

KLC 漢字レベル別 読解練習例文集(和英対訳文)

30,000 parallel text segments graded character-by-character

With over 30,000 reading exercises graded character-by-character, parallel English text, complete pronunciation guides, and extensive grammar support, The Kanji Learner’s Course Graded Reading Sets series is the most powerful Japanese reading comprehension tool available today. While its character sequence follows that of Kodansha’s widely acclaimed Kanji Learner’s Course (KLC), the series is an irreplaceable resource even for those who have studied kanji by other methods.

The series contains an average of over 13 reading exercises for all 2,300 kanji in the course.  The exercises for each entry contain only kanji already introduced earlier in the course, allowing learners to begin using kanji and kanji-based words as they learn them, and to continuously review what they have already studied.

Each exercise appears in three parallel forms: Japanese text, Japanese text with phonetic guides, and English equivalent. Phonetic guides indicate word division as an additional learning aid. To further accelerate your learning, the series introduces hundreds of key grammatical structures as they appear, with cross-references that allow you to quickly find in-depth information about any structure that may be unfamiliar to you. This contextualized grammar support allows you to master a wide range of sentence patterns through the natural process of reading and understanding.

Download PDF file of Volume 1 (free)
(Only Volume 1 will be available as a pdf)

Download Epub file of Volume 1 (free):
Apple iBooks 
If you have access to the iBooks app (on iOS), please see this page for information regarding an important advantage of reading this series on iBooks. To skip a couple of downloads and consolidate your collection, download the Combined set Volumes 1-3 (kanji 1-400). See list of all volumes.

Download Mobi file of Volume 1 (USD 0.99):
[Update: Amazon is offering Vol. 1 FREE as of Feb 13, 2018. Hopefully this is permanent]

Amazon Kindle
To skip a couple of downloads and consolidate your collection, download the Combined set for Volumes 1-3 (kanji 1-400). See list of all volumes.

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Testimonial for combined volumes 1-3 (iBooks) (Kindle):
In six years of “studying” Japanese, I can definitely say this is hands-down in my TOP 2 best Japanese study materials. Along with the author’s previous book, The Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Course, which gets the #1 spot on my list, this is an absolute must. I can’t say enough about the quality of these graded reading sets, as it’s obvious the author put a lot of time and effort into creating them. The example sentences provide a solid understanding of the actual kanji used in various contexts. Some kanji have up to 30 example items, and the examples the author used were also fantastic. The advantage compared to every other Japanese language study material is that you can actually see and understand the kanji in different forms, which greatly helps remembering them. I think this is best used side-by-side with the KKLC, but if you’ve already advanced quite well through the kanji, you’ll still find this useful. I personally wish there were a printed version, but that’s not enough to justify anything lower than 5 stars. Overall I can’t give anything but praise for this.
–  Alex Williams

The Graded Reading Sets provide an average of thirteen exercises per KLC kanji entry. Below are two iBooks screenshots from Volume 2, the first in Scrolling View (click either to enlarge):