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We have gathered Japanese e-learning materials that are useful for preparing to take JFT-Basic. These free materials will help you learn the Japanese language.

Irodori: Japanese for Life in Japan

The Japanese-language coursebook Irodori: Japanese for Life in Japan is a textbook for foreign people to learn basic Japanese communication skills that are needed for daily life and working in Japan. It covers a variety of topics and situations to let you effectively acquire practical Japanese communication skills that you are actually likely to use in your life in Japan. Learning objectives of each lesson are given as Can-do statements, giving you a clear idea of what you will be able to do after studying the lesson.

Level of Japanese:
A1,A2
Language of Explanation
English, Japanese, Chinese, Mongolian, Indonesian, Khmer, Thai, Vietnamese and Myanmar
Irodori: Japanese for Life in Japan

IRODORI Japanese Online Course

IRODORI Japanese Online Course is a course for acquiring comprehensive Japanese language skills based on the coursebook “Irodori: Japanese for Life in Japan”. In the “Study contents”, you can interactively learn the Japanese language necessary for daily life situations in Japan using videos and other content. In the “Practice contents”, you can practice study areas you're unsure of, such as kanji or grammar, as much as you want.
Since the IRODORI Japanese Online Course can be accessed via smartphones, computers and tablets, you can take advantage of your spare time to study Japanese anytime, anywhere.

Level of Japanese:
A2
* Currently, the course for Elementary 1 (A2) level is open. Course for Elementary 2 (A2) level is scheduled to open on October 2021.
Language of Explanation
English, Japanese
(Courses in Chinese, Indonesian, Khmer, Mongolian, Myanmar, Nepali, Thai and Vietnamese are planned for the future.)
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JF Japanese e-Learning Minato

JF Japanese e-Learning Minato is a Japanese language learning platform that provides around 150 different online Japanese courses a year, operated by the Japan Foundation. You can learn the Japanese language on the Internet anytime, anywhere after registration. It also provides links of websites and smartphone apps for learning the Japanese language.

Online Japanese courses offered on Minato

Marugoto Japanese Online Course

The Marugoto Japanese Online Course is a course for learning the Japanese language and culture comprehensively. You can learn by practicing listening, speaking, reading and writing interactively, and using contents available to support your self-study. The Marugoto Japanese Online Course is available not only for PCs but also for tablets and smartphones.

Level of Japanese:
A1,A2
Language of Explanation
English, Spanish, Chinese, Indonesian, Thai, Vietnamese, French, Portuguese, and Japanese
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Hiragana/Katakana/Kanji Courses

The Hiragana, Katakana and Kanji Courses are courses to study the basics of reading and writing in Hiragana, Katakana, and A1 level Kanji.

Level of Japanese:
A1
Language of Explanation
English
HiraganaKatakanaKanji

Website

Marugoto Plus

Marugoto Plus is a site supporting the self-study of learners who are studying using Marugoto:Japanese Language and Culture. You can practice the Japanese language in order to achieve various ‘Can-dos’, and find out more about the Japanese culture through videos and pictures.

Level of Japanese:
A1,A2
Language of Explanation
English, Spanish and Japanese

Smartphone apps

HIRAGANA/KATAKANA Memory Hint

HIRAGANA Memory Hint is an app for learning Hiragana and Katakana in a fun way using mnemonic pictures. It includes quizzes for you to test your understanding.

Level of Japanese:
A1
Language of Explanation
English, Indonesian, Thai
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KANJI Memory Hint 1,2,3

KANJI Memory Hint is an app for checking whether you have learned a "kanji" in two games after you have studied it using associative drawings.

Level of Japanese:
A1,A2
Language of Explanation
English
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For those who are teaching the Japanese language

The Japan Foundation developed the JF Can-do for Life in Japan in 2019 for foreign nationals on Specified Skilled Worker status or other status of residence who are not native speakers of Japanese. It outlines the basic Japanese skills required for everyday life in Japan. Each of its statements begins with “I can...” and describes an ability to complete a communicative task. It was developed based upon the philosophy and concept of the JF Standard for Japanese-Language Education released in 2010. It consists of 381 Can-dos at levels A1 and A2.

The Japanese-language coursebook Irodori: Japanese for Life in Japan sets 341 Can-dos as learning goals.

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