Beginners Japanese 4 Class

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Embark on an exciting journey with our Beginners Japanese 4 class, designed to deepen your understanding and enhance your proficiency in Japanese.

Building on previous knowledge, this course will introduce more complex grammar structures and vocabulary, expanding your ability to communicate effectively.

Engage in interactive lessons that include cultural insights, practical dialogues, and varied activities to boost your listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills.

Whether for personal enrichment or professional growth, this class will equip you with the tools to confidently explore the rich language and culture of Japan.

Get ready to take your Japanese skills to the next level!

After Taking This Course

After taking Beginners Japanese 4 class at Blue House Okinawa,
you’ll be able to say Japanese phrases below:


*My daughter went to London yesterday.
/ きのう、むすめが ロンドンに いきました。
*Until when? /
いつまで ですか。
*She is coming back to Japan on the fifteenth of next month.
/ らいげつの じゅうごにちに にほんに かえります。
*Does she go to London often?
/ むすめさんは よく ロンドンに いきますか。
*Yes. My daughter’s boyfriend is in London.
/ はい、ロンドンに むすめの かれが います。
*Is that so? Is he Japanese?
/ ああ、そうですか。にほんじん ですか。
*No, he is British. He is coming here with my daughter next month.
/ いいえ、イギリスじん です。らいげつ、そのかれが むすめと いっしょに にほんに きます。
*You must be looking forward to it, aren’t you?
/ たのしみ ですね。
*No, I’m not looking forward to it so much.
/ いいえ、あんまり たのしみ じゃないです。


*What’s the matter?
/ どうしましたか。
*I have a stomachache.
/ おなかがいたいです。
*Since when?
/ いつからですか。
*Since last night.
/ きのうの よるからです。
*Did you take any medicine?
/ くすりを のみましたか。
*Yes, but it didn’t work at all.
/ はい、でも くすりは ぜんぜん ききませんでした。
*What did you eat last night?
/ きのうのよる、なにを たべましたか。
*I ate Chinese food.
/ ちゅうかりょうりを たべました。
*Did you eat at a restaurant?
/ レストランで たべましたか。
*No, I ate at home. It had been in my refrigerator since last week.
/ いいえ、うちで たべました。せんしゅうから れいぞうこの なかに ありました。
*What!? That’s not good.
/ え!? それは だめですよ。
*But it was still good. My friend ate it too.
/ でも、おいしかったです。わたしの ともだちも たべました。


*Good morning.
/ おはよう。
*Good morning. Your face is terrible (you look terrible). Did you sleep well last night?
/ おはよう。すごい かおよ。ゆうびは よく ねたの?
*No. I didn’t sleep so much.
/ ううん。あんまり ねなかった。
/ どうして?
*I don’t know.
/ わからないよ。
*Really? Are you okay?
/ そう?だいじょうぶ?
*Yeah. I’m going to go to school now.
/ うん。もう、がっこうに いくよ。
*What about breakfast?
/ あさごはんは?
*I’ll eat it at school.
/ がっこうで たべるよ。
*What time are you coming home today?
/ きょうは なんじに うちに かえるの?
*I’ll be back at four o’clock.
/ よじに かえるよ。 


*Hey, Gail. What kind of music do you often listen to?
/ ねぇ、ゲール。どんな おんがくを よく きく?
*Rock. What about you, Mayumi?
/ ロック。まゆみは?
*I like classical music. Rock is okay, too.
/ わたしは クラシック。ロックも きらいじゃない。
*On Thursday, there is my favorite band’s concert. Won’t you come with me?
/ もくようびに わたしの すきな バンドの コンサートが あるの。いっしょに いかない?
*Because I have two tests this week, I have no time for it.
/ こんしゅうは テストが ふたつ あるから、じかんが ないよ。
*I see.
/ そうか。
*I’m going to a classical music concert next month, too. Do you want to go with me?
/ わたしも らいげつ、クラシックの コンサートに いくよ。いっしょに いく?
*I don’t like classical music so much, so I won’t go. sorry.
/ クラシックは あんまり すきじゃないから、いかない。ごめんね。
*That’s okay.
/ ううん、いいよ。


*Sayoko got married last April 10th.
/ さよこさんは きょねんの しがつ とおかに けっこん しました。
*Her husband’s name is Jeff.
/ ごしゅじんの なまえは ジェフです。
*Sayoko is Japanese and Jeff is French.
/ さよこさんは にほんじん、ジェフさんは フランスじん です。
*They are in Singapore now.
/ かれらは いま シンガポールに います。
*They were in college in America a long time ago.
/ むかし アメリカの だいがくに いました。
*They loved sports, so they used to play tennis.
/ スポーツが だいすき だったから、よく ふたりで テニスを しました。
*They don’t do it anymore since they are busy with work.
/ いまは しごとが いそがしいから、あんまり しません。
*But they watch baseball games often.
/ でも、やきゅうの しあいを よく みます。
*Since Singaporeans like soccer very much, Jeff plays soccer with his friends every Sunday.
/ シンガポールじんは サッカーが だいすきだから、まいしゅう にちようびに ジェフさんは みんなと いっしょに サッカーを します。
*Sayoko makes a phone call to her mother in Japan every Monday.
/ さよこさんは まいしゅう げつようびに にほんの おかあさんに でんわを します。
*They will have a party at the restaurant at eight since today is her friend’s birthday.
/ きょうは ともだちの たんじょうびだから、はちじに レストランで パーティーを します。

What We Will Learn

In Beginners Japanese 4, we’ll study:

Lesson 7 – Lesson 12

*Japanese Family Structure
*Using よく to Mean “often”
*Using あんまり
*Making さん Sound Cute
*The Difference between ア and マ
*Vocabulary: Dating Words
*Vocabulary: Words at the Post Office
*Vocabulary: Technology
*Japanese Adjective Past Tense
*Japanese Adjective Types
*Making い adjectives Past Tense
*Saying Something Hurts
*Connecting Sentences Using それに
*The Difference Between ユ and コ
*The Particle ヲ
*Vocabulary: When You Are Sick
*Vocabulary: Money Words
*Vocabulary: More Animals
*Japanese Informal Verbs Forms
*Conjugating All Regular Verbs
*The Informal Format That You Already Know (う Form)
*The Negative Informal Form (あ Form)
*Special Rule for Verbs That Ends in う
*Irregular Verbs
*The た Form
*The Question Maker の
*Using の to Create Emphasis
*The Particle よ
*Vocabulary: Words in Nature
*Connecting with “Because”
*Connecting Sentences Using から
*Which Verb Form to Use with から Sentences
*What Happens with です?
*Using どんな
*The Correct Ways to Write Compound Katakana
*Katakana Words Separation
*Vocabulary: Weather Words
*Vocabulary: Words at School
*The する Verbs
*Conjugating する and です
*Making Verbs with する
*Using the Object Particle を with する
*The Question Words なぜ and なんで
*Asking “How Much” with する
*Inexact Time References
*Using まだ
*Making Specific Time Less Specific
*Making Specific Amounts Less Specific

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Self-Paced Method

The journey to mastering Japanese becomes even more personalized with a self-paced method, combining the best of flexibility with the invaluable support of a dedicated instructor at Blue House Okinawa. 
This approach adapts to your rhythm, creating a learning experience tailored to your individual needs.


Tailored Learning Pace

A self-paced method at Blue House Okinawa empowers you to control the speed of your learning, allowing you to spend more time on challenging concepts or breeze through familiar topics. 
This flexibility ensures that your study of Japanese aligns with your personal learning style and daily schedule, whether it’s balancing work, other studies, or taking care of your family.

It makes language acquisition a seamless part of your life rather than a disruptive obligation.


Direct Instructor Support When Needed

While the self-paced method journey offers autonomy, the role of an instructor remains pivotal.
Whether you need clarification on complex grammatical structures, pronunciation practice, or insights into cultural nuances, your instructor is there to provide targeted support. 

This blend of independence and access to expert guidance enhances the learning experience, ensuring you’re never truly alone on your path to fluency.


Deepened Understanding Through Flexibility

The beauty of a self-paced approach lies in the liberty to pause and dive deeply into areas of interest or difficulty. 
Without the pressure to keep up with a preset class pace, you can ensure that your understanding of Japanese language is not just superficial but deeply rooted. 

This flexibility encourages a more reflective and thorough engagement with the language, leading to lasting comprehension and proficiency.


Enhanced Motivation and Responsibility

With the freedom of a self-paced method comes the responsibility for one’s own learning.
This responsibility, guided by the supportive presence of an instructor, fosters a sense of ownership over the learning process at Blue House Okinawa. 

Motivation is driven by personal achievements and milestones, encouraging a more engaged and proactive approach to learning Japanese.

The benefits of a self-paced method supported by an instructor in the context of learning Japanese are manifold. 
From the flexibility that caters to individual lifestyles to the tailored learning experiences that address specific needs, this approach offers a personalized pathway to language mastery.

With the added advantage of deepened understanding and enhanced motivation, learners are well-equipped to embark on a rewarding journey toward fluency in Japanese. 
Embrace the opportunity to learn at your pace, guided by expertise, and discover the joys of language learning tailored just for you.

Our self-paced method consists of two parts, your homework part and practice in class.

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Our Textbook

We believe that immersive learning, while difficult, is the most productive and useful way to learn a language; however, many students drop out of immersive programs because it is an overwhelming process initially.
For that reason, we no longer offer immersive courses at beginners’ level.

To accommodate students’ schedules and learning styles, as many of students at Blue House Okinawa work or study full-time, we’ve chosen to use a curriculum that is thorough, slow, and truly begins from ZERO.
Our textbook, Japanese From Zero!, is an innovative and integrated approach to learning Japanese developed by professional Japanese interpreter George Trombley.
It has chapter-by-chapter video supplements on YouTube, making both pre-study and review easily accessible as you move at your desired pace.

It is geared towards English-speaking learners and based on the experience of a native English speaker learning and flourishing in Japanese.
The added support provided through this curriculum and resource has led to increased longevity in pursuing Japanese language skills.

Courses are truly 100% self teachable if our resources are used, and this is particularly helpful for keeping up despite a busy work schedule, vacation, etc.
Blue House Okinawa provides the learning opportunities, guidance, and language exchanges to reinforce, encourage, and grow learners’ abilities.

Your Homework

1. Watch Lecture Videos on Blue House Okinawa App/Website

Dive into your Japanese learning adventure with lecture videos, your on-demand classroom that fits perfectly into your busy life.
These visual tools allow you to pause, rewind, and rewatch, giving you control over your pace and making tricky concepts stick.

They’re not just about watching; they’re about engaging and preparing you for real-life conversations with native speakers.
With the flexibility to learn anytime and anywhere, these videos transform your journey into an enjoyable, effective path to fluency.

So, why wait?
Press play and let the immersive learning begin!

Example Video:

2. Lesson Activities on the Textbook

Half of your textbook is actually a workbook.
This is because we’re convinced that getting better at writing can really up your game in typing, especially when you’re chatting with your Japanese friends.
So, don’t miss out on using the workbook exercises to give both your writing and typing skills a big boost!

And hey, if you ever find yourself scratching your head over any of the lesson activities, just give your instructor a shout.
We’re all here to help you succeed and have fun along the way!

3. Flashcards on Study Room

You’re zipping through your day, and whether you’re on a coffee break or waiting in line, your phone becomes your gateway to a quick Japanese lesson.
With digital flashcards, you’re actively engaging with the language, thanks to the magic of spaced repetition.
It ensures you review words right when your brain is about to let them slip, making learning stick better.

And if you ever feel like you’re running out of cards, there’s a whole world of pre-made decks online, waiting to be explored.


How to Ace Your Flashcard Review

Flipping Cards: Just tap or click anywhere on a card to see the other side. Simple as that!
Moving Through Cards: Use the left and right arrows on your keyboard or click the arrows at the bottom of the card to move forward or back through your set.
Completing a Round: Make sure to go through every card in the set to wrap up your review session.


Customize Your Study Sets:

Auto-Play: Not in the mood to click through? Hit Play, and the cards will flip through on their own.
Shuffle Mode: Mix it up by selecting Shuffle. This way, you get your cards in a random order for a better challenge.
Language Settings: English popping up first? Wanna start with Japanese instead? Dive into the Options menu and switch it up by choosing Definition under Answer with.
Sounds and Voices: Click the speaker icon on any card to listen to its pronunciation. Handy, right?
Audio Settings: To turn the audio off or on, just open the Options menu. If you want more control over how you hear things, select Show advanced audio options


Our Vocabulary Collections

We’ve noticed that the vocab in textbooks doesn’t always line up with the topics you’re learning about.
That’s why students at Blue House Okinawa have been asking for vocab sets that actually match the topics.

Learning vocab by topic just seems to stick better, so our teachers have been getting creative.
They’ve been putting together extra vocab sets based on what you all have asked for, pulling in words you might not even find in your textbooks.

A lot of the vocab stuff we have comes directly from student suggestions over the years. 

This has allowed us to put together collections that really get you ready to dive into real conversations about your interests in the language you’re learning, right from the start.

Our instructors at school are all about giving you a vocab that’s right for your learning level and creating these easy-to-use resources for you.

But, if you prefer sticking to the textbook order for vocab, that’s totally fine. And remember, making your own flashcards is always a great option too. 🙂

it = “sore ha”

The digital flashcards are awesome for studying, and we absolutely love them! 
But, we did run into a little problem.

Our textbooks sometimes skip over topics because, in Japanese, it’s common to drop the topic from a sentence if everyone already knows what you’re talking about. 
This threw a bit of a curveball for our students using flashcards. 

Since you need your answers and the flashcard answers to match exactly, it was tricky figuring out when to drop the topic and when to keep it in.
To keep things simple, we’ve decided to always use “それは” (sore ha) to mean “it” in sentences, even though that might not always match your textbook. 

Just a heads-up: make sure to type “それは” every time you come across “it” in the sentences.
And hey, if you prefer sticking to how the textbook does things, no worries! 

You’re more than welcome to make your own flashcards and worksheets. 
They can be super handy during Language Exchange. 😊

4. Flashcards “Learn” on Study Room

To use these flashcards, Select or type the correct answer.

Settings and options
To customize your session, open the Options menu.
You can choose to answer with terms, definitions, or a specific language (if applicable).
You can also choose to study only starred terms, change your audio settings, and select which question types are included.

5. Flashcards “Spell” on Study Room

Spell mode helps you practice spelling terms by prompting you to type what you hear.

To finish a round of Spell mode and see your results, you’ll need to spell each word correctly twice.

Settings and options

If you misspelled a word, the letters you missed will be highlighted and the word will be spelled out for you. Then, you can try it again.
You can slow down the audio by selecting Options and choosing Slow.
To hear a term again, click the Speaker.

6. Lesson Quizzes on Blue House Okinawa App/Website

Get ready for a little victory at the end of each lesson, because that’s quiz time!
Aim for the stars and try to score 80% or higher on these quizzes.
The best part?
You can retake them as many times as you need to hit that sweet 80% mark or even go beyond.

Remember, repetition isn’t just a step in learning a new language—it’s the secret sauce!
So embrace those quizzes, and let’s see your scores soar!


7. Q&A Making on the Workbook

After you’ve hit 80% or more on lesson quizzes, why not take a creative leap and come up with your own questions? 
Feel free to jot them down in either Japanese Hiragana or Romaji right on the back of the lesson’s worksheets. 
These questions are perfect for sparking conversations with local Japanese friends during Language Exchanges or Study Exchanges. 

And guess what? 
Often, your Japanese friends will flip the script and ask, “How about you?” So, make sure you’re also prepped with your own answers in Japanese! 

It’s a fun way to deepen your understanding and make those language connections even stronger.

8. 1 Post & 5 Comments on Blue House Okinawa App/Website

You asked for more ways to practice Japanese, and guess what?
We’ve got you covered with our very own app, made for you amazing students! 🌟
Now you can flex your language muscles anytime, anywhere—whether you’re chilling at home, on your daily commute, or just scrolling through your phone with some time to spare.

Dive into the app and you’ll find all sorts of fun ways to keep up with your Japanese studies.
Post, comment, slide into DMs, and do everything you need to boost your language skills.

Plus, you get to support our awesome local Japanese friends who are learning English, just like in our Language Exchange program at school.

Feeling a bit shy about your Japanese?
Pop into the Living Room to ask if your Japanese hits the mark, or lend a hand (and your English skills) to help local students master English with your comments and posts.

9. Host a Study Exchange

Want to try out your Japanese?
Or, do you like to practice your listening and speaking?
Then, host a Study Exchange and study with local Japanese friends!

At the Study Exchange, you can:
*see if you remember what you’ve learned.
*see if your Japanese friends understand your Japanese.
*listen to native Japanese speakers’ Japanese pronunciation.
*learn how native Japanese speakers use Japanese.
*understand what your Japanese friends think, how they look at things, and how they express their feelings.
*understand Japanese culture on a deeper level.

Sounds so exciting, right?

Oh after the Study Exchange, don’t forget to post the report for your review!

Practice in Class

1. Ask Questions if There Are Any

Asking questions in class is your secret weapon for learning! 
It clears up confusion, deepens your understanding, and even helps your classmates who might be wondering the same thing. 

Plus, it shows you’re engaged and eager to learn. 
So don’t hesitate—every question is a step toward mastering the material!


2. Take the Performance Test with the Instructor

Taking the Japanese speaking performance test with your instructor is a golden opportunity in your language learning journey. 
It’s not just a test; it’s a chance to get personalized feedback on your pronunciation, grammar, and conversational skills. 

This experience boosts your confidence and hones your ability to speak Japanese fluently. Embrace this moment—it’s designed to highlight your strengths and guide your progress toward becoming a confident and proficient speaker.

Blue House Okinawa Japanese /English School Language Exchange 5

3. Listening and Speaking Practice with Native Japanese Speakers in Language Exchange

It immerses you in the language’s natural rhythm, intonation, and cultural nuances, making learning authentic and engaging. 
This direct interaction boosts your listening comprehension and speaking fluency, allowing you to pick up colloquial expressions and slang. 

Moreover, it builds confidence in real-world communication and fosters a deeper understanding of Japanese culture. 
These exchanges are a crucial part of mastering the language in a way textbooks alone cannot provide.


4. Ask Native Japanese Speakers the Questions You Made

This immersive experience helps learners grasp nuanced pronunciations, understand colloquial expressions, and become familiar with cultural contexts, improving listening and speaking skills. 
It encourages active learning through real-time feedback, helping to correct mistakes and clarify doubts immediately. 

Engaging with natives also boosts confidence in using the language in everyday scenarios, making the learning process more enjoyable and effective. 

Overall, it’s a direct, practical approach to mastering Japanese, making it easier to think and communicate fluently in the language.

How to Start

Here are the easy steps to get you started with your Beginners Japanese 4 class.

1. Please take a moment to review our cancellation policy on the registration page.

2. Go ahead and sign up for the class using the link below.

3. Complete the online orientation. Don’t worry, we’ll send you the link automatically once you’ve registered.

4. Familiarize yourself with our student agreement and house rules.

5. Register and set up your profile on our school app or website.

6. Install and set up the Japanese keyboard on your devices.

7. Introduce yourself on the app or website to connect with your classmates.

8. Once you’ve completed all the steps, drop us a message in the Living Room.

We’re excited to have you join us and can’t wait to see you in class!

As we wrap up our Beginners Japanese 4 class, you now possess a stronger foundation in Japanese, equipped with more advanced grammar and an enriched vocabulary.

Through engaging activities and cultural exploration, your ability to communicate in Japanese has been significantly enhanced.

We encourage you to continue practicing and immersing yourself in the language and culture to maintain and build on your progress. Remember, language learning is a continuous journey—keep exploring, practicing, and enjoying the process. Best of luck as you continue your adventure in Japanese!

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