There are almost no materials to read for absolute beginners. Even books for little children already expect understanding of fairly advanced grammar and quite rich vocabulary. While you might have studied for a few weeks or months now, those children have studied for years with native speakers.
Here’s a list of five websites that I’ve used in my beginnings. They contain JLPT N5, N4 and N3 reading materials.
UPDATE: Some of these websites aged away. For example the Chokochoko library is mostly gone. Check my other article about websites to read for more current list.
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The language of computers used to be English. Support for other languages was added over time. Until recently, it wasn’t easy to display many of the national alphabets and scripts. East Asian languages have been supported for some time already, but furigana was added only recently.
Right now, in April 2015, most modern browsers support furigana using something called ruby annotations. If it works in your browser, you should see it here:
Continue reading Furigana on the web