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What's MARUGOTO

Outline

MARUGOTO+ (MARUGOTO Plus) is a website where users can learn about Japanese language and culture alongside the contents of "Marugoto: Japanese language and culture", a coursebook which uses the JF Standard as a basis.

Target

  • ・Learners of Japanese who are studying using the "Marugoto: Japanese language and culture" coursebook.

  • ・Those who have an interest in Japanese language or culture.

Site features

  • ・You can practice Japanese in order to achieve various 'Can-do' (things one is able to do using Japanese) goals based on the JF Standard.

  • ・You can practice "real-life" Japanese while watching videos that help deepen your understanding of actual everyday situations.

  • ・You can find out more about Japanese society and everyday life and culture in Japan through images and real Japanese people's voices.

Contents

Communication Activities

Using these contents you can review the 'Can-do' targets you learned in the textbook or in class and try applying them in real situations.

▶Topic / Can-do
You can check and practice 50 'Can-do' goals one-by-one, through each of the textbook topics.
Check

Here you can check necessary expressions or reference information to help you accomplish the 'Can-do' targets in the 'Practice' and 'Challenge' sections. If you want to review the kind of expressions studied in the textbook or classroom, first try the 'Practice' and 'Challenge' tasks. If you don't understand something you can look here.
Practice

Here you can do practice tasks to help you accomplish the various 'Can-do' goals. Tasks use videos or photos to help you understand real-life situations. If you want to review again what you learned in the textbook or in class, please see the 'Check' section first.
Speaking, Interacting
In this section you watch a video to check details of a conversation - e.g. the situation and what kind of people are talking - then assume the role of one of the characters to do some conversation practice yourself. You may change the role you play and you can choose to display or hide the written script during practice.
Reading
Here you can practice reading and understanding Japanese used in practical situations, using photos and so on.
Writing
Here you can practice writing Japanese in realistic contexts, like emails or blogs. You can download sheets to help you practice.
Challenge

You play the lead role here and through various activities, such as a homestay with a Japanese family or learning Japanese in a Japanese class, you can have a simulated experience of life in Japan, using Japanese. Interact with the characters who appear in the 'Challenge' scenes and see whether you can accomplish for real what you practised doing in the 'Can-do' section. You'll be given a sign during the video when it is your turn to speak.
Recommended way to use the website (Example for Speaking, Interacting)

  1. (1) Try listening to the “Practice” conversation. Please listen many times.

  2. (2) If there are any words you don’t know or phrases which are difficult to understand, please take a look at the “Check” section. Here you can find basic expressions and vocabulary to help you accomplish the tasks.

  3. (3) Return to “Practice”, this time assuming the role of A or B to try some speaking practice. Choose to show or hide the written script depending on how confident you feel.

  4. (4) Next, you might attempt the “Challenge” section. The people in the video will approach and start speaking to you. Challenge yourself to see how well you can communicate with them.

  5. (5) Proceed on to the “Challenge Drama” and you can practice all of the Can-do points on the same topic in the setting of a single short story.
▶Challenge Drama
The 50 'Can-do' targets which are set for you in the 'Challenge' section are presented here as a single story. Here you can try an extended 'Challenge' for a complete single topic, to see if you can achieve all the 'Can-do' points for that topic.

Life and Culture

You can watch videos and see information on the 'Life and Culture' themes for each topic.

▶Videos
A reporter visits various places and interviews different people for a particular theme. You can catch a glimpse of Japanese life and culture through these short videos.
In some cases the expression displayed in the subtitles may differ slightly from the audio heard in the video. This is because the speech in the video reflects natural spoken Japanese whereas the subtitles present the expression in its grammatically correct form.
▶More information
Here you can read some interesting information not found in the videos. Lots of outside websites are introduced the 'Links' section, so if something sparks your interest you can investigate further by yourself.

Introduction to Japanese

These contents introduce some basic information on Japan and the Japanese language. Information is divided into 5 categories: Japan Knowledge, Pronunciation, Grammar, Writing and Kanji.

▶Japan Knowledge
Information related to Japan's geography, climate, culture and society.
▶Pronunciation
Basic rules on Japanese pronunciation.
▶Grammar
Basic grammar rules on Japanese sentence construction etc.
▶Writing
Introducing the different kinds of characters in Japanese writing and how to use them.
▶Kanji
Introducing how to read and remember kanji, in a Q & A style.

Basic Training

▶Hiragana
Here you can check, with audio and video, the shape and pronunciation of hiragana characters and how to write them. Vocabulary using each character is also introduced.
▶Katakana
Here you can check, with audio and video, the shape and pronunciation of katakana characters and how to write them. Vocabulary using each character is also introduced.
▶Kanji
Here you can check, with audio and video, the shape, meaning and pronunciation of kanji characters learned in each topic and how to write them. There are illustrations providing hints to help you remember the kanji. Example sentences using that kanji vocabulary are also introduced.
▶Vocabulary
You can learn language terms related to each topic with audio and illustrations. To make it easier to form an image, the vocabulary words for a single category are grouped together in one illustration.
▶Typing
Here you can practise entering words in Japanese on a computer. Also introduced here is information on how to type in Japanese and how to set up the computer to do so.
▶Grammar
You can try practice exercises about every sentence pattern. Also, every sentence pattern has an explanation to go along with it, so you can review what you learned in the classroom or if you forget what the grammar point was, you can confirm it.

Sub contents

▶NIPPON なう (now)
You can find out the date and time in Japan now. The readings for days and dates are displayed in romaji.
▶Flower Language
Click here and the 'flower language' for various kinds of flowers will be shown in a calligraphy style. Maybe you'll be inspired to create your own!
▶Things I like
Many different people gave us their answers to 4 questions: their favourite things, foods, anime/manga and kanji. If there are any things you don't know, why not try and find out more about them on the internet?
*Answers to "Anime/manga I like" have been reproduced exactly as written by the contributors themselves, so in some cases this may differ from the official title of the work.

Support Menu

▶What's MARUGOTO?
This section introduces the ideas and outline of "Marugoto: Japanese language and culture" and Japanese language courses run by The Japan Foundation's overseas locations.
▶Cast & Characters
Introduced on this page are the cast who appear in the 'Challenge' and 'Practice' conversation scenes, the reporter from the 'Life and Culture' section and the MARUGOTO+ website characters.

Staff

Creation/Management

The Japan Foundation, Japanese-Language Institute, Kansai
Established in 1972 as a semi-governmental corporation under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, The Japan Foundation is the first organization that specializes in international cultural exchange in Japan, playing a major role in promoting arts and cultural exchange, Japanese language education overseas, Japanese studies and intellectual exchange. As an affiliated agency, The Japan Foundation Japanese-Language Institute, Kansai offers overseas students direct support through Japanese language programs and the development of Japanese teaching materials and websites.

Content production

The Japan Foundation Japanese-Language Institute, Kansai
  • ・Tetsuya Tanaka (Language Education Specialist)

  • ・Keiko Kawashima (Language Education Specialist)

  • ・Asuka Ichihara (Language Education Specialist)

  • ・Reiko Miyazaki (Visiting Instructor)

  • ・Sumiko Maeda (Visiting Instructor)

  • ・Sachiko Okano (Visiting Instructor)

  • ・James Stuart Jones (Visiting Instructor)

  • ・Kozue Horikawa (Assistant)

Collaborators

Website / Video Production
BAU COMMUNICATIONS Co., Ltd
Cast
Communication Activities

Akiko Ikuta / Yasuki Nakajima / Makiko Nagamitsu / Keiichi Nishimura / Haruki Yamazaki
Natsue Kishimoto / Dan Lundqvist / Gerardin Elise
Yuka Imaike / Yuka Ose / Shoichiro Jotaki / Yohei Suzuki / Marina Nakabashi
Yudai Kanata / Risa Shimada / Yuriko Tosaka / Mihoko Nagata / Manami Nanko / Michiko Mukoda / Shigeru Wada / Florian Arncnik
Life and Culture

Kyoko Ikeya (Reporter)
Narration

Hiroko Aoki
Character design
DEVILROBOTS.INC
Illustrations
Momoko Nakashima
Special thanks to
Candy Film Inc.
MAHALOTEC

Il quadrifoglio / Osaka Seiwa Shokuhin, Miyako Soba, Umeda Shibata branch / Kintetsu Corporation / Kunishige Knives / Kunkundo / Sasebo Burger LOG KIT, Nishinomiya branch / Shimaoka Kimonos / Shabutei Wakisaka / Joel, Yodoyabashi-odona building / SENOYA Co. Ltd, Naniwa Meibutsu Ichibirian, Dotonbori branch / Daikisuisan Co. Ltd, Daikisuisan Kaitenzushi, Sakai branch / Duskin Co. Ltd, Mister Donut, Esaka Yoshinocho branch / Chiyonoya Takemura Ltd. / Ten3 (Tenjinbashisuji 3-chome) Okage Hall / Nara Park administrative office / Naramachi-Nagaya Co. Ltd., Akemitori, Hanashobu branch / Fukuda Clinic / Masuda Shouten / Rakugando / Risoujitsugyou Ltd., Kamukura, Shinsaibashi branch / Watami Food Service Co. Ltd, Za-Watami, Namba Oriental Hotel branch

ISHIYA CO., LTD. / Maruyoshi Beikoku Co. ,Ltd

PIXTA Inc. / Photolibrary

Boutique-sha, Inc.(Reference for Flower Language content:"園芸大百科")

Oota Kouhou (Tokyo Calligraphy Education Organization)