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.
- Learners of Japanese who are studying using the "Marugoto: Japanese language and culture" coursebook.
- Those who have an interest in Japanese language or culture.
- 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.
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.
This contains content for reviewing and actually doing the 'Can-do' that you studied in the classroom and coursebook. For each topic in the coursebook, you can select a 'Can-do' from the list, practice it in the 'Practice' section, and try it out in the 'Challenge' section.
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.
- 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.
Here you can practice reading and understanding Japanese used in practical situations, using photos and so on.
Here you can practice writing Japanese in realistic contexts, like emails or blogs. You can download sheets to help you practice.
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.
Life and Culture
You can watch videos and see information on the 'Life and Culture' themes for each topic.
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.
Here you can read some interesting information not found in the videos.
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.
Information related to Japan's geography, climate, culture and society.
Basic rules on Japanese pronunciation.
Basic grammar rules on Japanese sentence construction etc.
Introducing the different kinds of characters in Japanese writing and how to use them.
Introducing how to read and remember kanji, in a Q & A style.
The content of these pages are for checking the shape, sound and writing order of hiragana characters with audio and animation. Vocabulary using each character is also introduced.
The content of these pages are for checking the shape, sound and writing order of katakana characters with audio and animation. Vocabulary using each character is also introduced.
The content of these pages are for checking the shape, meaning, sound and writing order of the kanji characters you learned for each topic with audio and animation. There are illustrations providing hints to help you remember the kanji. Example sentences using that kanji vocabulary are also introduced.
The content of these pages are for checking the usage of grammar items and practicing them by answering exercise problems. 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.
Creation/ManagementThe 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.
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)
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)
Character designDevil Robots
Special thanks to
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ISHIYA CO., LTD. / Maruyoshi Beikoku Co. ,Ltd
PIXTA Inc. / Photolibrary
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