MARUGOTO Plus Japanese Learning

Supporting your Japanese!

A1 level

While watching videos and pictures to understand specific situations, you can practice tasks to help you accomplish the various 'Can-do' goals.

Play the lead role of a drama and have a simulated experience of life in Japan, using Japanese. Enjoy communication with your friends from Japanese class, your host family and more!

A reporter visits various places and interviews different people for a particular theme, based on the "Life and Culture" topics. You can catch a glimpse of Japanese life and culture through these short videos.

You can view slides about Japan and also basic information about Japanese grammar, characters, etc.

Using illustrations and animations, you can enjoy learning characters and vocabulary. You can also practice grammar and typing in Japanese.

A2 level

You become the main character of the drama and you can have a simulated experience of interacting with Japanese people and people from around the world. Let's talk with your coworkers and the members of an international exchange group!

By deepening your understanding of various specific situations using picture slideshows, you can practice to in order achieve the "Can-do" related to Speaking and Interactions.

You can check how the sentence patterns are used in various situations and also practice reviewing them.

You can check the shape, meaning, pronunciation, and stroke order of kanji. There are also helpful illustrations to assist you remember the kanji.

You can watch videos of interviews with the characters that appear in the "Challenge Drama." You can listen to a short dialog.

Life & Culture Lab:You are able to know about the lives, culture,
and ways of thinking of Japanese people as well as people from
all over the world.

Introducing people doing their best and unique people and so on in fields relating to the topics.

Each researcher and the people around them talk about various themes around them related to the topics.

People around the world that are studying Japanese have sent in information about various themes.

You can try Japanese culture that is related to the topics.

MARUGOTO-NO-KOTOBA:You can check words and phrases
used in "Marugoto: Japanese Language and Culture".

You can input letters/characters and look up words and phrases. There are example sentences, audio, and illustrations.

You can make a list of the language you need to learn by selecting your chosen topics and lessons of the textbooks and the type of word/language you want.

You can enjoy learning about the calendar, the time, numbers and more with easy to understand charts and illustrations.

Search for sample sentences that you can use for writing emails in Japanese, talking with your friends about your hobbies and other situations in actual everyday life.

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『まるごと』について What’s MARUGOTO?

"Marugoto: Japanese language and culture"

"Marugoto: Japanese language and culture" is a new textbook based upon the Japan Foundation's JF Standard for
Japanese-Language Education. The book is mainly targetted at adult learners of Japanese overseas.

Levels Based on the JF Standard (JFS) which is derived from the CEFR. CEFR is an abbreviation of the 'Common European Framework of Reference for Languages: Learning, Teaching, Assessment' which provides a shared framework in the field of language education and learning in Europe.
Tasks Learning goals for each chapter are designed with reference to JFS's "Can-do" statements. The emphasis is on communicative tasks.
In order to deepen their understanding, learners can find out about Japanese life and culture and consider similarities and differences with their own.
Portfolio Learners use a portfolio to keep records of their Japanese language learning and cultural experiences. This makes the learning process and achievements gained more visible.

For more detailed information on "Marugoto: Japanese Language and Culture", please refer here.

A1 level

  • ・Can understand and use familiar everyday expressions and very basic phrases aimed at the satisfaction of needs of a concrete type.
  • ・Can introduce him/herself and others and can ask and answer questions about personal details such as where he/she lives, people he/she knows and things he/she has.
  • ・Can interact in a simple way provided the other person talks slowly and clearly and is prepared to help.

A2 level

  • ・Can understand sentences and frequently used expressions related to areas of most immediate relevance (e.g. very basic personal and family information, shopping, local geography, employment).
  • ・Can communicate in simple and routine tasks requiring a simple and direct exchange of information on familiar and routine matters.
  • ・Can describe in simple terms aspects of his/her background, immediate environment and matters in areas of immediate need.

B1 level

  • ・Can understand the main points of clear standard input on familiar matters regularly encountered in work, school, leisure, etc.
  • ・Can deal with most situations likely to arise whilst travelling in an area where the language is spoken. Can produce simple connected text on topics which are familiar or of personal interest.
  • ・Can describe experiences and events, dreams, hopes & ambitions and briefly give reasons and explanations for opinions and plans.

B2 level

  • ・Can understand the main ideas of complex text on both concrete and abstract topics, including technical discussions in his/her field of specialisation.
  • ・Can interact with a degree of fluency and spontaneity that makes regular interaction with native speakers quite possible without strain for either party.
  • ・Can produce clear, detailed text on a wide range of subjects and explain a viewpoint on a topical issue giving the advantages and disadvantages of various options.

C1 level

  • ・Can understand a wide range of demanding, longer texts, and recognise implicit meaning.
  • ・Can express him/herself fluently and spontaneously without much obvious searching for expressions.
  • ・Can use language flexibly and effectively for social, academic and professional purposes.
  • ・Can produce clear, well-structured, detailed text on complex subjects, showing controlled use of organisational patterns, connectors and cohesive devices.

C2 level

  • ・Can understand with ease virtually everything heard or read.
  • ・Can summarise information from different spoken and written sources, reconstructing arguments and accounts in a coherent presentation.
  • ・Can express him/herself spontaneously, very fluently and precisely, differentiating finer shades of meaning even in more complex situations.

About the JF Standard

The JF Standard for Japanese-Language Education is a tool to help when considering how the Japanese language is taught and studied, and when deciding how to evaluate learning achievements. With the application of the JF standard, one can gauge a person's level of proficiency in Japanese, according to what they can do using the language, and to what extent. It can also be put to practical use in course design, development of teaching materials, making tests and so on.

In order to further mutual understanding, the JF Standard requires learners to demonstrate both an 'ability to accomplish tasks' (what a person can do using Japanese and how well they can do it) and 'competence in intercultural understanding' (showing understanding and respect when exposed to various other cultures).

For more detailed information on the JF Standard, please refer here.

About JF Japanese lauguage courses

The Japan Foundation has 22 overseas locations based in 22 towns and cities in 21 countries. Many of these overseas offices offer courses based upon the JF Standard and are promoting studies using the "Marugoto: Japanese language and culture" textbook. For more information, please ask at each overseas office.

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