JGO Aqua (level 1) is a fun Q&A card game for learning Japanese. Its content is based on the best-selling AGO Q&A Aqua card game, adapted into simple Japanese.
Beginner students of Japanese, including those encountering the language for the first time will find this game a fun way to practice asking and answering 36 simple and useful Japanese questions. Players will naturally learn the associated grammar and vocabulary in the course of playing the game. 18 ‘Action cards’ are also included in the playing deck to make sure playing JGO Aqua is a lot of fun!
JGO’s 36 question cards are all illustrated to add context and most feature labelled relevant vocabulary for players to learn. Model answers are given as well. The meaning of the questions can often be derived from the illustrations on the cards, plus a translation is available from the AGO website (agocards.com). The cards feature Japanese script (hiragana, katakana, and a few simple kanji) subtitled with romaji characters (i.e. the alphabet) – to make it easy for beginners to read the cards, while also allowing some opportunity for players to practice identifying the function of the Japanese characters, too.
By design, each time a game is played, the cards will present themselves in a different, random order, and players get to spend equal time both asking and answering each of the questions. This leads to players quickly become familiar with the grammar and vocabulary targets on the cards, and developing a deeper understanding of the target language each time they play.
JGO Aqua is an invaluable tool for the casual student of Japanese, including those just dipping their toes in the language for the first time. In the classroom, it is best used as part of a fun lesson warm up (that gets everyone speaking), or played at the end of a lesson as a treat for working hard in class!
54 Cards, rule sheet.
(36 question cards,
18 action cards)