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)