About Marugoto

Q1. Is it necessary to use both Katsudoo and Rikai with Starter (A1) and Elementary 1 and 2 (A2)?

A. Because Katsudoo and Rikai are both designed to be main teaching materials, depending on learners’ needs and learning history, it is possible to have a course that uses only Katsudoo or only Rikai. However, it is recommended that learners who are learning Japanese for the first time use both Katsudoo and Rikai, if thinking of studying for a relatively long period of time, in order to develop overall ability in Japanese.

Q2. Does Marugoto have to be taught in order from lesson 1?

A.Marugoto was not put together so that language points build on top of each other (each lesson is self contained), so it can be taught without proceeding in order from lesson 1. It is also possible to select and use only those topics that meet particular learning aims (for example, choosing topics and practising conversations related to Travel before going on a trip to Japan).

At intermediate level learners’ needs are considered more diverse, so in Intermediate 1 and 2 (B1) each part is divided by skill and can be studied independently.

Q3. Can Marugoto be used for one-to-one or small group classes?

A.Marugoto was designed with group activities in mind, so is more effective when there are a number of learners. However, supplementary materials, such as audio recordings and vocabulary lists are also available, so it can be used with one-to-one classes or for self study.

Q4. Can Marugoto be used for junior high school and high school classes?

A.Marugoto is mainly aimed at adult learners living overseas, but there are organisations that use it for the later stages of secondary education (high school).While there are topics that high school students would enjoy studying, there are also situations where, for example, people are drinking alcohol, so the teachers responsible for the course need to judge whether the contents of each topic are suitable for minors. However, for elementary school and junior high school students, there might be inappropriate points not only with the contents but also with the approach to learning. We would like the teachers responsible for the course to examine these points carefully.

Q5. Is there a grammar book?

A.A grammar book has not been produced. The ultimate objective of Marugoto is communication in Japanese, so practice of sentence patterns takes place within the specific context of topic areas and conversations. If learners have questions about grammar, we recommend using the various reference materials for teachers to freely supplement the course book.

For reference, grammar books made independently by, for example, overseas JF offices to meet the needs of that location’s students are available at the following websites:

Q6. Does Marugoto correspond to the levels of the JLPT (Japanese Language Proficiency Test)?

A.The JF Standard, which Marugoto conforms to, uses a level indicator that shows what learners can do using Japanese (ability to accomplish tasks), and was developed based on a different background from the JLPT levels. If a learner studying with Marugoto wishes to take the JLPT test, the following levels are recommended as a rough guide. However, Marugoto is not a book intended for the JLPT test, so learners who are aiming to pass the JLPT are recommended to do extra preparation, such as by using a workbook with test practice questions.

Rough guide of when to take the JLPT test

Marugoto JLPT
end of Elementary 1 N5
end of Pre-Intermediate N4
end of Intermediate 2 N3

Q7. What is the future publication schedule?

A. Publication of Marugoto books ends with Intermediate 2 (B1).

Q8.Can I use "Marugoto" for online classes?

A.You can use it. However, please note the following conditions.

  1. All participants must have a "Marugoto" coursebook.
    When conducting a class, please identify the participants so that you can confirm that all students have a copy of "Marugoto".
  2. You may project the "Marugoto" on the camera, read the "Marugoto" out loud, or play the audio files.
    However, please remind students not to take screen captures, screen shots, or record class videos.
  3. You may "cut and paste" the text and illustrations from the "Marugoto" to use in your classroom materials.
    However, please do not change the names of the "Marugoto" characters such as "Joy-san" and "Carla-san.
    Images (photos) in the "Marugoto" coursebooks may not be used. This is because some of the images (photos) used in "Marugoto" have not been licensed for secondary use.
  4. When distributing classroom materials, please do so in a way that only the participants can receive them.
    Please make sure that data for class materials is not redistributed. Please ensure that they cannot be easily used even if they are redistributed. For example, you may protect the data with a password that only the participants can know.
    Please also refer to Q43 and 44 for audio files.
  5. You may create your own exercises based on the contents of the "Marugoto".
    However, you may not use images (photos) from the "Marugoto".
  6. Please refer to the following questions and answers regarding recording classes.

Q9. Can I record a class using "Marugoto" and show it online to my students?

A.Yes, you can record a class. However, please note the following conditions.

  1. Recordings must be viewable only by registered students, and must be made available through a system that requires a login or other means of identification.
    Video recordings of classes may not be sent to students via email or other electronic means.
  2. Please delete recordings after one week.
  3. Please remind students not to take screen captures, screen shots, or record class videos.

How to purchase Marugoto

Q10. Where can I buy Marugoto?

A. In Japan Marugoto books are published by Sanshusha, you can buy Marugoto from online shops and book shops throughout Japan. E-books are available at Amazon.co.jp and the Google Play books store.

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Regarding buying Marugoto overseas, please check the shops that stock Marugoto overseas page on Sanshusha’s website.
In some countries, you can buy Marugoto from local publishers. For more information, please check the Overseas Edition page. Please contact the local publisher if you wish to purchase the local edition.

Q11. Is there an audio CD?

A. If you wish to have the audio recordings on a CD, you can request one via the publisher’s website.

Q12. Is there an electronic library edition?

Marugoto e-books are available at libraries with these electronic library services below.
Maruzen eBook Library
KinoDen Kinokuniya Digital Library

Q13. I can't buy an electronic version of "Marugoto" at my local Amazon site.  Where can I buy it?

You can buy it at Amazon.com if you live in the countries listed below.
Australia, Brazil, India, Mexico, New Zealand, and South Korea.

Also, if you live in South Korea, you can buy it at Google Play, too.

Q14.Where can I buy an electronic version of "Marugoto"?  I live in one of the countries listed below.
Bahrain, Egypt, Jordan, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, UAE

You can buy it at Google Play.

Q15.Is there any country/area that neither Amazon nor Google sells electronic version of "Marugoto"?

They don't sell it in Algeria, Iraq, Libya, Morocco, Palestine, Tunisia, or Yemen.

About the website

Q20. I cannot register.

A. The password needs to be the combination of letters and numbers, and at least 8 characters long.
The e-mail confirming your registration will be sent from info@marugoto.org . Check your e-mail settings and your spam folder, and if the e-mail has not arrived, please contact us using the General Inquiry form.

When you contact us, please include the following information:

  • registered e-mail address
  • type of device
  • operating system and version
  • browser and version

Q21. I have forgotten my password.

A. Please follow the steps on the forgot my password page.

Q22. Can I change my password?

A. Yes, you can. Set a password of your choice on the change my password page (passwords need to be at least 8 characters long and written in half-width alphanumeric characters).

Q23. How can I change the email address on my account?

A. You cannot change it. Please create a new account with your new email address. Also, please let us know your old email address through the General Inquiry form, and we will delete your old account.

Q24. After I registered as a user, I received an email to complete my registration and accessed the URL provided. Then the message "No data found" was displayed.

A. If you are a newly registered user, please try to log in from the Login page.
If you are unable to log in, please contact us from the General Inquiry form.

Q25. Can I delete my user account?

A. If you would like to delete your user account, please log in from the login page and go to "Delete my account" under the side menu.

delete user account

Q26. I cannot download the materials.

A. After checking the type of device and the version of the operating system and browser you are using, please contact us using the General Inquiry form.

Q27. Why is user registration necessary?

A. User registration is required to play and to download audio files in terms of copyright protection. You can download any materials other than audio files without user registration.

Q28. Can I access the website from my tablet or smartphone?

A. Yes. The website can also be displayed on a tablet or smartphone.

About the Digital audio files

Q36.I don't know which audio file to use.

A.In the "Marugoto" coursebook (for example, p.7 of the Starter (Katsudoo)), there is an explanation of the icons used in "Marugoto".
When there is an icon for "Listen and repeat"「きいていいましょう」, or "Listen"「ききましょう」, the icon for "Audio sound"「おんせい」and number(s) follow.
For example, on page 22 of the Lesson 1 in the Starter (Katsudoo), on the right side of the icon「きいていいましょう」, there is an Audio sound icon and numbers「きいていいましょう」.

Now, please go to the "Download Materials" page on this website and select "Starter (A1) (Katsudoo)" (log in required).

Next, click "Play" for Lesson1 of Topic 1 under "Digital audio files".


You will see 12 files in a row, such as "001_A1_katsudoo_title". The three-digit number on the leftmost side of these file names is the audio number.

The 002-010 in the previous example「きいていいましょう」means that you should use files 002 through 010 (from the second to the eleventh file).

For your reference, the third file is "002_1_1_2[1]_ohayoo", which means "Audio file number 002_Lesson1_1_2[1]_content hint: good morning. "

The 12th file is "233_can-do_1_(1_1_3)." This means;
"Audio file number 233_Goal(can-do)1_Lesson1_1_3."


For Intermediate 1 and 2, the file name is as follows.

The number to the left of the file name is the topic number, and the number after the underscore (“_”) is the audio file number.

For example,3means that the audio files from 03 to 07 of Topic 1 should be played.

For your reference, the file name "1_14_Pt1_No2str_1_shakoteki" means
"Topic number(1)_Audio file number(14)_Part number (Part1)_2種類+Description* ( Strategy)_No.(1)_Content hint (social)".
*Description = "Number in 赤+ Strategy (str), Grammar (gram), etc." or "Listen", "Conversation", "Read", etc. without赤.


Q37.I cannot open the audio recordings.

A. You are required to download the MP3 audio files to your computer. Folders containing the audio files for each topic are compressed in ZIP format, so your computer’s system environment needs to support ZIP files.

If you have any problems downloading files, after checking the type of device and the version of the operating system and browser you are using, please contact us using the General Inquiry form.

If you have an online system environment, you can also stream the audio files. If the files will not play, first check whether the browser you are using is up-to-date.

Site PolicyLearn more about the Site Policy here

Q40. I teach at a for-profit Japanese language school. Is it possible to use the support materials, teacher resources and audio files available on this website in my classes?

A. All such contents can be used for classes for educational and/or training purposes, regardless of whether such classes are for profit or non-profit. The same is true for those who teach privately. However, please use the contents only within the scope permitted in Paragraphs 3 and 4 of the “Copyright” section of the Site Policy.

Q41. I am teaching Japanese outside of Japan. Does the Site Policy apply to me?

A. Yes, the Site Policy still applies to you in this case.

Q42. Can I download the audio files and put them on the school’s server to play them in class?

A. Yes, you can; however, please make sure that the audio files are not copied or downloaded from that server.

Q43. Is there anything I should keep in mind when using the downloaded audio files in class?

A. Please use the downloaded audio files as they are, without editing or modifying the same in any way. Please do not distribute the downloaded audio files to anyone, including your students.

Q44. Can I copy the audio files for self-study or edit them such as by cutting out part of the files?

A. You may make copies of the audio files for your own study; however, please do not distribute these copies to others for free or for a fee or make them available to the public on websites, etc. Please also refrain from editing or modifying the audio files in any way.

Q45. If I want to edit support materials for a class or training, to what extent can I edit them?

A. In principle, you can freely edit support materials; however, please refrain from editing the same in such a way that they will become completely different from the original.

Q46. Are there any points I should note when distributing the edited support materials to students?

A. Please make sure to distribute the materials free of charge to your students and remind them not to distribute the electronic files they receive to others or make them publicly available on websites, etc.

Q47. Can I copy or edit the “Marugoto” coursebooks and support materials, such as by cutting out part of them, for self-study?

A. You can copy and edit the “Marugoto” coursebooks and support materials as long as you use them for self-study purposes; however, please do not distribute the copied or edited materials to others, regardless of whether paid or unpaid. Please also refrain from making them available to the public on websites, etc.

Q48. Regarding the Copyright section of the Site Policy, are there any materials that are easy to understand?

A. Please see attached.