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Learn English with Yuki Nagato and Haruhi Suzumiya

3 March 2013 6 Comments

Chukei Publishing Company (part of the Kadokawa Publishing group) is set to publish a new book that teaches English to Japanese students with help from the Haruhi Suzumiya series. This is not the first time Haruhi (and other anime characters for that matter) has been involved in promoting education — back in 2011, Chukei published a two-volume set of English vocabulary guides featuring Suzumiya Haruhi and friends to help Japanese school children and teens enhance their English skills in school. Similar books, such as chemistry books starring the cast of Lucky Star, have also been published in the same manner with the series mangaka providing artwork and jokes while promoting educational subjects.

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The new book is linked to the Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya movie/novel and features Yuki Nagato smiling while holding her glasses and a book on the cover. The one-volume English grammar guide is called Suzumiya Haruhi no Shōshitsu de Eibunhō ga Omoshiroi Hodo Mi ni Tsuku Hon and uses translated text from the Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya novel to help Japanese students improve their English grammar. Noizi Ito provided the original new art work for the cover as well as the special poster bundled with the book.

While digging for information on this book, I kept thinking that it would great if English speakers could access a version of the book that would teach Japanese vocabulary and grammar using the Japanese version of the Haruhi Suzumiya books… I did come across this: if you visit this page on Chukei’s website, you will find free downloadable MP3 audiobooks of the Haruhi Suzumiya English guides published in 2011. The audiobooks contain English words or phrases taken from the light novels followed by spoken Japanese translations. You will probably need some familiarity with Japanese already to make the most use of it, but any seasoned anime fansub watcher should have no problem.

Below: Covers and sample pages from Lucky Star teaches chemistry books.
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6 Comments »

  • Cheeze said:

    ^Whoa… take a chill pill. Perhaps you should try some of the audio books on the Chukei website if you are interested.

  • Mutenri said:

    >wtf is this sh*t…..this is only for b*ches who cant english….

    Irony.

  • viacomsucks said:

    i’ll give it a try when i using detskop….

  • ALL OPPOSE VIACOM!!!!!!!!!! said:

    VIACOM WANTS TO CONQUER ALL OVER THE WORLD OF THE REAL WORLD AND THE INTERNET!!!!!! THEY WILL USING THE ROCKET NUCLEAR WARHEAD TO CONQUER EVERYTHING SO WE MUST STOP THEM BEFORE THEY CONQUER HARUHI SUZUMIYA AND THIS WORLD!!!!!!!!!

  • blasko said:

    Communication in this day and age is absolutely KEY. Most of us use our phones endlessly to communicate with our friends in our lives. It’s almost unfathomable to think about a world without chat applications. I’m so glad we have apps like these at our disposal.

  • Trey Brock said:

    Promotional videos included a live action sequence, inspired by the “Bamboo Leaf Rhapsody” chapter from the third novel The Boredom of Haruhi Suzumiya , depicting Haruhi and Kyon breaking into a school with footage taken from surveillance cameras. On December 18, 2007 the anime’s official website, haruhi.tv, was replaced by a fake 404 error with five form-input fields, a reference to the pivotal date in The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya, the fourth volume in the light novel series.

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