What we're about

Marco Polo Project is a cross-cultural education design agency based in Melbourne, that has been operating in Tokyo too since 2018 through the Translation Club Japan, and from 2020 through other educational events.
We run interactive translation workshops for learners of Japanese and English in which participants collaborate to complete a translation.
This workshop is great for Japanese and English learners who want to develop their knowledge of language and explore cultural differences in a multicultural and safe environment.
How we go about it?
Each session is facilitated and includes group translation and reflection on the translation process and specific vocabulary and sentences which were insightful. We form multilingual teams of 3 to 5 people, mixing ad much as possible native speakers of English, and of Japanese. The teams then co-translate the text. The texts are recent articles about contemporary cultural and social issues.
Why should you come to our events?
1. The events WILL challenge your language skills in terms of both Vocabulary and Grammar.
2. You will not be stuck making small talk with people covering the same topics as normal like "How long have you been studying Japanese/English".
3. You will have authentic conversations in both Japanese and English about real topics in society.
4. A dedicated facilitator who wants to promote language learning and cultural exchange will make sure you’re in a safe space to enjoy the learning.
5. The process is designed and the technology is handled, so you just have to participate with a laptop and an open mind!
6. This is a genuinely intellectually engaging and fun event with interesting and motivated participants in attendance weekly.
7. The events are one of the few language exchange events in Tokyo that cater to Intermediate to Advanced learners of Japanese and English. We have a core of dedicated language learners who come every week and tackle a different text on a different topic.

Upcoming events (2)

Translation Club Japan Online (Japanese to English)

Location visible to members

Welcome to the Translation Club Online!

We are excited to meet you online every Tuesday and keep connecting through translation. We will be translating Japanese texts into English with people from all over. This is open to anyone interested in learning either language and understanding more about these cultures.

Join us with the zoom link mentioned in the location from 20:00, no password required!

Before the event:
Download zoom so you can fully participate (extra features)
Check your camera and microphone is working (we want to connect!)
Make sure you have a fairly quiet space (so we can all focus) , ideally a headset or headphones with a microphone on it.

Bring an open mind ready to explore new ideas (we will bring the rest)

If you have any issues you can reach out to Patrick on [masked].

-------------

• What we'll do
Each session is an opportunity to do group translation, enjoy general social time and reflect on the translation process, i.e. specific vocabulary, sentences which were difficult/insightful, etc. We form groups of 3 people with some native speakers of English, and some native speakers of Japanese.
There is a text for us to translate together, we need to use both of the group languages (e.g Japanese and English) to complete the translation. The texts are recent articles about contemporary cultural or social issues.

This is one of the few language exchange events in Tokyo that cater to Intermediate to Advanced learners of Japanese and native speakers. We have a core of dedicated language learners who come every week and tackle a different text on a different topic.

The workshops are great for English and Japanese learners and speakers who want to develop their knowledge of language and meet other people who speak their language.

• Standard agenda for a session:
20:00-20:15: Introduction
20:15-21:15: Group Translation
21:15-21:30: Discussion time, learning sharing.

• Important to know

  1. This event is entirely free... And in order to keep it this way, we need to be able to calibrate the room for the amount of participants, so please, keep us updated about your participation!
  2. If you arrive later than 20:15, please send us a message! (We won't allow anyone past 20:15 for the sake of the group dynamics)

Translation Club Español Online (Japanese to SPANISH)

Needs a location

Bienvenido al Traduction Club Español online!

Estamos encantados de encontrarnos con usted en línea todos los martes y seguir conectando a través de la traducción. Traduciremos textos japoneses al español con gente de todas partes. Esto está abierto a cualquier persona interesada en aprender cualquiera de los idiomas y comprender más sobre estas culturas.

Únase a nosotros todos los miércoles con el enlace de zoom mencionado en la ubicación a partir de las 20:00, ¡no se requiere contraseña!

Antes del evento:
Descarga zoom para que puedas participar plenamente (funciones adicionales)
Comprueba si tu cámara y micrófono funcionan (¡queremos conectarnos!)
Asegúrate de tener un espacio bastante silencioso (para que todos podamos concentrarnos), idealmente usa unos auriculares o audífonos con micrófono.

Traiga una mente abierta lista para explorar nuevas ideas (nosotros traeremos el resto)
Si tiene algún problema, puede comunicarse con Zahira en [masked]

-------------
• Qué haremos
Cada sesión es una oportunidad para hacer traducción en grupo, disfrutar del tiempo social general y reflexionar sobre el proceso de traducción, es decir, vocabulario específico, oraciones que fueron difíciles / perspicaces, etc. Formaremos grupos de 3 personas con algunos hablantes nativos de español y algunos nativos. hablantes de japonés.
Siempre habrá un texto para que podamos traducir juntos, necesitamos usar los dos idiomas del grupo (por ejemplo, japonés e inglés) para completar la traducción. Los textos son artículos recientes sobre temas culturales o sociales contemporáneos.

Este es uno de los pocos eventos de intercambio de idiomas en Tokio que está dirigido a estudiantes de nivel intermedio a avanzado de japonés y hablantes nativos. Tenemos un núcleo de estudiantes de idiomas dedicados que vienen cada semana y abordan un texto diferente sobre un tema diferente.

Los talleres son ideales para estudiantes y hablantes de español y japonés que desean fortalecer su conocimiento del idioma y conocer a otras personas que hablen su idioma.

• Agenda estándar para una sesión:
20: 00-20: 15: Introducción
20: 15-21: 15: Traducción grupal
21: 15-21: 30: Tiempo de discusión, intercambio de aprendizaje.

• Importante saber

  1. Este evento es completamente gratuito ... Necesitamos organizar los grupos con anticipación. ¡Por favor manténganos informados sobre su participación!
  2. Si llega más tarde de las 20:15, envíenos un mensaje. (No permitiremos a nadie después de las 20:15 por el bien de la dinámica del grupo)

Past events (205)

Translation Club Japan Online (Japanese to English)

Needs a location

Photos (22)