Blue House Okinawa Japanese School
Blue House Okinawa is a close-knit and unique community for learners of Japanese and English to support each other!
Close to Kadena gate 1
The school is set in an adorable blue house in Sunabe seawall area.
Authentic Language Practice
Use what you learn in class during our engaging Language Exchange with local native speakers.
Adventurous & Community Centered
A great place to make friends, explore and grow together.
Students’ Common Challenges
Why can’t I speak Japanese yet?!
One of the most common challenges reported to us is how much difficulty students have in interacting in their target language.
For example, despite perhaps years of dedicated study in Japanese, many students feel paralyzed and defeated in interactions with native Japanese speakers.
This challenge is largely due to the fact that language-learning is multifaceted.
Proficiency requires separate yet overlapping skills, such as reading, listening, writing, cultural awareness, speaking, pronunciation, etc.
Schools often emphasize grammar, reading and writing over other aspects.
Thus, students become discouraged and feel as if they don’t know anything after years of study, when in fact they just haven’t had sufficient practice in a particular skill to make them a balanced learner.
At Blue House Okinawa, students are given the opportunity to develop all areas of language to build towards proficiency.
We provide practical listening and speaking practice with both peer learners and native speakers.
Our goal is to build students’ confidence and put their learning to use quickly and often.
Why don’t Japanese people include me in their circle?
As we’ve welcomed new students in, we recognised that there were cultural misunderstanding between Japanese learners and English learners that hampered effective communication.
As many native English speakers come from cultures that greatly contrast that of Japan’s, Blue House Okinawa provides ample opportunity to learn about the values, history, and influences in Japanese society.
We believe learning about specific behaviors, unspoken rules, and the history of the local culture is as important to effective, respectful interactions as learning the words and phrases themselves.
I’m nervous about speaking in Japanese to locals…
We’ve seen students struggling outside of class in conversation practice, as sometimes they’re unsure of how to say specific words or phrases.
We want to prepare you for conversational success outside of class by decreasing dependence on your teacher and increasing your ability to find answers on your own.
For that reason, our focus is not just answering your questions, but encouraging you to find the answers as best you can on your own first, utilizing peers, native speakers, online resources, etc.
This more accurately mirrors how real-life exchanges, as your teacher will not always be by your side to answer questions directly.
Finding your own answers takes more time than asking your teacher for help, but you will find much more joy in your progress long term by doing the legwork early on.
It provides the opportunity to enjoy Japanese conversations on your own for years to come.
At Blue House Okinawa, we strive to nurture that sense of autonomy and independence in each of our students.
We encourage you to see teachers as the guides and coaches they are, not merely live dictionaries.
We believe this habit will help what you learn become more deeply ingrained and nurture responsibility and persistence, which will serve you well in all aspects of life.
Our Unique Program
As we also have English classes in the house, we’re so fortunate to have this wonderful program, Language Exchange as part of our curriculum.
In our Japanese classes, we practice Japanese conversations with native Japanese speaker, the real Japanese people from the English classes.
This Language Exchange program will let you be able to learn Japanese in a practical way and practice what you have learned right away!
You will to meet some of our Japanese local friends through our Language Exchange and make real connections with them to learn the Japanese culture and deepen your intercultural understanding.
Bridge the Gap Between Classroom and the Real World
By registering for any class at Blue House Okinawa, you get an additional two hours a week of guided conversational practice for FREE with native speakers on Thursday evenings.
Here’s where the give-and-take of learning happens!
This exchange is student-driven and set up as a mutually-beneficial learning program.
In language exchanges, don’t wait for perfection to participate — start with what you can, even if it turns into charades, and let your native speaking peers guide you to accuracy.
Ask questions, share cultural insights, and provide feedback to each other while building your Japanese speaking confidence.
This exchange is a fantastic way to bridge the gap between classroom learning and communicating
in the real world!
Stick with the Basics of What You’re Learning
In Language Exchange, students break into smaller groups of about four or five.
We may practice a specific dialogue for that week (perhaps talking about hobbies, restaurants, jobs, etc.) with vocabulary provided.
We also often play a game or work together to plan a dream trip, all in our target language.
This time is mutually beneficial to the Japanese students learning English, as we work together.
An important tip:
slow down, pick out what you know, and start from there!
One of our favorite phrases at Blue House Okinawa is, “mou ichido itte kudasai” (one more time, please!).
Learn the phrases your teacher assigns each week.
While you will want to have more in-depth conversations and will be tempted to switch to English frequently, stick with the basics of what you’re learning until they come naturally.
Then you’ll build on that as you learn more complex grammar and phrases.
Be patient and build a solid foundation!
Most frequent questions and answers
Unfortunately, our school is too small that NOT able to issue/support any student visa.
The only thing we offer is a Letter of Verification.
This will show dates of attendance and receipts of payment.
Come and join our Conversational Japanese Class!
You get to learn practical Japanese and practice with native local Japanese.
You can always study with our materials online when you have to miss your class.
And no, we do NOT offer a make-up class, instead, you can use our Language Exchange as your make-up class!
Join our Conversational Japanese Class which has once a week lesson!
You can always re-take the class!
We have students re-take the class and we recommend students to move to next class ONLY when they are able to comfortably use what you’ve learned in the class.
You’ve already learn how to read and write Japanese! That’s awesome!
Join our Conversational Japanese Class to reinforce your Japanese and practice with native local Japanese!
Blue House Okinawa
Interested in learning Japanese with us?
Come and visit us at initial consultation!
***Please park your car by the seawall. Street parking by Blue House is not allowed.***
It’s only a few minutes away from the seawall to Blue House!
Please plan to come early since you’ll take a walk to Blue House!
*Please bring your notebook and pens you feel comfortable with.
And most importantly, bring an open mind to this new adventure at Blue House!