MARUGOTO (Conversational Courses)

In Marugoto, using Japanese to actually communicate is the goal. The goal is not just to increase your knowledge of grammar and sentence patterns. Can-dos are set as objectives that show what you will be able to do in what situations, and you study Nihongo that can be used in real-life situations. For example, at the starter’s level, for people who have just started studying Japanese, you take part in simple communication while doing things such as saying greetings, and talking about your hobbies and food you like. At the intermediate level, you practice speaking about yourself at length while doing things such as reading and listening to authentic Japanese. At whichever level, the aim is for people to understand each another while actually communicating in Japanese.
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MINATO Courses

JF Japanese e-Learning Minato is a Japanese language learning platform provided by the Japan Foundation. Minato means “port”. Here at Minato, a place to learn and meet other like-minded people, we invite you to expand your understanding and knowledge of Japan, Japanese people, and the Japanese language.

The first course offered by the Japan Foundation Manila under this platform is the Marugoto A1-1 (Katsudoo & Rikai) Tutor Support Course. In this course, students learn about Japanese language and culture by doing online exercises and attending classes at the Japan Foundation Manila once every two weeks. Classroom lessons give the students an opportunity to use the Japanese that they have learned online through communication activities and roleplay.

We encourage you to learn Japanese language and culture by joining not just the Minato e-Learning courses of Japan Foundation Manila, but the courses being offered by the Japan Foundation Kansai Center (KC) as well. KC Courses include topics like MARUGOTO Katsudoo & Rikai (A1-1, A1-2, A2-1, A2-2 levels) HIRAGANA, KATAKANA, Japanese in Anime & Manga (A1, A2 levels), KC Yom Yom, and HAIKU. Please visit the website for more details.

(No *Placement Test required for Minato)


– Duly accomplished application form
– (1) Photocopy of any valid ID
– (1) 1×1-sized photo
– Course fee (For those who passed the *Placement Test, you may pay right after the test.)
– At least 17 years old



1. Download the application form from the JFM Facebook page or JFM website. (Note: Forms will be available once the enrollment has opened.)
2. Fill-out the form with correct information.
3. Submit the form to the JFM office together with the payment. (For Placement Test takers, see below.)

*Placement Test Procedure

(For Marugoto Courses)

Only applicable for outsider students who have previous Nihongo learning experience.

(For Teacher Training Courses)

Only applicable for aspiring Filipino Nihongo teachers who have not taken the JLPT.

  1. Download the application form from the JFM Facebook page or JFM website.
  2. Fill-out the form with correct information.
  3. Choose your preferred date and time for the Placement Test.
  4. Submit the form through e-mail (send to: or by dropping off the office.
  5. You will receive an e-mail confirmation from the JFM regarding your Placement Test schedule.



All course fees must be paid in full by the registration deadline. Payment can only be made by CASH (in person) and CHECK (manager’s check), made payable to “The Japan Foundation Manila Office” at The Japan Foundation Manila, 23rd Floor  Pacific Star Building , Makati Ave., Sen. Gil J. Puyat Ave, Makati, 1226 Metro Manila.

Course Fees

The JFM course fees are correct at the time of publication. However, the JFM reserves the right to amend or change the fees as required.

Cancellation and Refund Policy

This policy shall apply to all courses.

  • Course registration will not be confirmed until the registration form has been submitted and course fee has been paid. Payment must be settled by the registration deadline.
  • In order to cancel a confirmed registration, submit an email request to least one week before the registration deadline in order to receive a full refund.
  • Cancellations seven (7) or less business days prior to course commencement and no-shows are not entitled to refund.

Cancellation by the JFM

  • The JFM reserves the right to cancel any course due to insufficient enrollment. Notice shall be given at least 5-7 calendar days in advance of the scheduled course date.
  • If the course is cancelled due to any unforeseen circumstance such as weather or natural disaster, the registrant is entitled to get full refund of course fee paid.

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