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New JF website: Hirogaru, get more of Japan and Japanese

We are delighted to announce the launch of Hirogaru, get more of Japan and Japanese, a Japanese learning website where you can enjoy studying Japanese through learning all about Japan. It is aimed at Japanese language learners with a proficiency level of A1 or A2 (Starter to Elementary) in the JF Standard for Japanese-Language Education.

Free and smartphone-responsive, Hirogaru enables Japanese learners of all kinds to:

  • Personally experience understanding and using basic Japanese

  • Engage with various aspects about Japan and the Japanese language through reading articles and watching movies related to 12 topics about Japan

  • Through user comments, learn more about not only Japan but also your own culture and the culture of places where other learners live.

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