About this site
The MARUGOTO-NO-KOTOBA is a website where you can study words and phrases used in "Marugoto: Japanese Language and Culture", a series of coursebooks which comply with the JF (Japan Foundation) Standard for Japanese-Language Education.
For more detailed information on "Marugoto: Japanese Language and Culture", please refer .
- ・ You can look up the meaning of words and phrases, and search for example sentences. You can also hear spoken Japanese.
- ・ 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 do a quiz using the words and phrases in your selected list.
When you want to look up words and phrases
Here you can input letters/characters and look up words and phrases. You can use kanji, kana, romaji or one of the user languages (e.g. English) to do this.
When you perform a search, any words and phrases with a partial match will be displayed. Cute illustrations are displayed along with the translation next to the Japanese, and you can see in which coursebook each word/phrase appears. You can also listen to audio.
Choose a word/phrase from the list and click on it to open a detailed page. The following information is displayed on the detail page.
- ・Course book type
- ・Topic, Lesson
Communicative language activities, communicative language competences → Topics, lessons that initially appear
Vocabulary book → All related topics, lessons
- ・Word class
- ・Dictionary form (for verbs only)
- ・Example sentences
When you want to organize words and phrases
You can make a convenient personalized list by selecting particular coursebooks, topics, lessons and the kinds of word you want to study. For example, you can pick out just the new I-Adjectives and NA-Adjectives from a particular lesson, or maybe only the Group 1 verbs you wish to study etc.
Here you can study words related to 5 categories - calendar, time, positions/locations, numbers and colours - presented as a whole with charts/illustrations to make them easy to study.
Recently viewed words最近見たことば
Here you can remind yourself of words and phrases for which you looked at detailed pages recently. Please check to see if you can remember them!
We have gathered example sentences you may use in daily life, such as writing emails in Japanese or talking about your hobbies with friends. When you want to try out some Japanese, look for the Can-do point that resembles the setting you want. We’ve adopted example sentences using vocabulary, expressions, and sentence patterns for various situations. We are confident you can find examples that will provide the hints you need. Enjoy communication in Japanese by matching it to real-life settings in which you would use it, replacing the vocabulary where you see fit.
There are also example sentences that have a mark. Clicking on this mark lets you see a model conversation that uses the example sentence, and learn specific ways to use it.
About symbols and notation
Romaji notation follows the same rules as the "Marugoto: Japanese Language and Culture" coursebooks.
> Romaji list
・Notation for particular kinds of sounds
|ああ / かあ||アー / カー
||aa / kaa
|いい / きい||イー / キー
||ii / kii
|うう / くう||ウー / クー
||uu / kuu
|えい / けい||エー / ケー
||ee / kee
|おう （おお） / こう||オー / コー||oo / koo|
Kanji / Kana
Choose ‘漢字・かな’ (Kanji/Kana) in Japanese and the notation for vocabulary items and example sentences will include kanji studied at that (Communicative language competences) coursebook level. If you choose ‘かな ’ (Kana only) the Japanese notation will not include any kanji.
The coursebook, topic, lesson etc. are displayed as seen in the following examples:
Starter (A1) Communicative language activities, Topic 3, Lesson 5
Elementary 1 (A2) Communicative language competences, Topic 7, Lesson 14
Verb groups are shown as follows:
Verb Group 1 →
Verb Group 2 →
Verb Group 3 →
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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
Starter(A1) / Elementary 1 (A2)
- ・Tetsuya Tanaka (Language Education Specialist)
- ・Keiko Kawashima (Language Education Specialist)
- ・Asuka Ichihara (Ex-Language Education Specialist)
- ・Sumiko Maeda (Visiting Instructor)
- ・Reiko Miyazaki (Visiting Instructor)
- ・James Stuart Jones (Ex-Visiting Instructor)
- ・Akiko Matsuoka (Assistant)
Elementary 2 (A2)
- ・Yoko Ishii (Language Education Specialist)
- ・Sumiko Maeda (Language Education Specialist)
- ・Jun Arai (Language Education Specialist)
- ・Hideaki Ito (Ex-Language Education Specialist)
- ・Reiko Miyazaki (Visiting Instructor)
- ・Kie Kawasaki (Assistant)
> Brain Corporation
> IMAGICA WEST Corp. (Starter(A1) / Elementary 1 (A2))
> Chara Corporation (Elementary 2 (A2))
Hiroko Aoki, Kyoko Matsuba, Takuya Matsumoto (Starter(A1) / Elementary 1 (A2))
Yuriko Imanishi (Elementary 2 (A2))