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 Air Base 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.

Welcome!

If you want to make the most of your time on this gorgeous island, there’s no better way than starting with exploring the language.


While anyone can definitely survive here with only English, knowing the language of any country you visit can transform your experience.


Language is a great adventure in itself and opens many more opportunities in terms of friendships, work, networking, shopping, travel, cuisine, intellectual growth, etc.


Blue House Okinawa is a small, unique community for learners of English and Japanese to support each other, share culture, and reach their language goals.


Whether it’s reading your first word in hiragana, your first book in kanji, your first conversation with a Japanese-only speaker, or the first time you can order your meal in Japanese, cheer yourself on at each milestone!

How long does it take to learn Japanese?

For a native English speaker to learn Japanese, it’s said that it usually takes 3,000 hours of study time.

It’s 30 minutes a day for 10 years,

or 1 hour a day for 5 and half years,

or if you can study 3 hours a day then it’ll be down to 2years,

or even more, if you can study 5 hours a day, it’ll be just 1 year!

But, yes, it’s a long way…

This is way, at Blue House Okinawa, we work a lot on how much we can make it easy for students to study, make it fun to motivate them more!

So don’t worry, we’ll study SMART together 🙂

To study smart, here are some study tips from our students and our favorite Japanese textbook!

FAQ and Answers From Our Students

Unfortunately, our school is too small that NOT able to issue/support any student visa.

However, most of our classes are 3 months long that you can come and take with your tourist visa!

And of course, you can join us just for one class too!

Learning Japanese writing is very beneficial!

After you study Japanese writing, you’ll be able to text with your Japanese friends and practice your Japanese with even more.

Also you’ll be able to read signs on the road or at the store so that you can practice reading even more too!

You will be able to read and write Hiragana in 8 weeks by taking Beginners Japanese 1 Class at Blue House Okinawa.

After Beginners Japanese 1 Class, you will learn Katakana in Beginners Japanese 2 Class. 

Then, you will be able to read and write all Japanese words in both Hiragana and Katakana.

Kanji will follow Katakana, learning Kanji is a very interesting part that will allow you to understand Japanese beyond reading and writing!

Japanese vocabulary, phrases grammar and pronunciation are all important aspects to speak Japanese.

If you know a lot of vocabulary, it will help you speak in more variety and understand/express in Japanese more.

If you know Japanese grammar, it gives you a depth to your Japanese conversation because some words can not be directly translated from English to Japanese. 

If you got Japanese pronunciation right and know plenty of phrases, it will help you speak more like a native speaker which makes your Japanese conversation much easier for native Japanese speakers to understand.

In conclusion, let’s study all together at Blue House Okinawa 🙂

Even if you have a lot of knowledge, without speaking practice, you won’t be able to speak well.

To be able to speak Japanese faster, we recommend to practice speaking with a native speaker.

To improve your listening skill, of course, talking to Japanese people will help.

Also, you can listen to Japanese podcasts, watch Japanese Youtube videos, drama and/or anime. 

Repeating/shadowing from any of these options will also benefit your learning process.

We provide speaking practice with native Japanese speakers through our in class Language Exchange.

For additional practice, we also provide a 2 hour Language Exchange outside of class for FREE!

You can also make friends here!!

We have some school events too, so you can speak with Japanese people while learning Japanese culture!!

Yes! Come and join us!

You get to practice your Japanese with native Japanese speakers in our class!

Practicing listening and speaking are different than learning writing and vocabulary.

It could be overwhelmed if you learn a new language and practice it at the same time(it’s an ideal learning style though).

Instead, if you can only focus on listening and speaking then , of course, you’ll be good at them and improve your Japanese conversation.

So we recommend you to join our Beginners Japanese Class so that you can focus on listening and speaking to practice conversation more.

Oh no! You’ve already found that out! 😜

But it’ll be alright!
Don’t worry!

You can always re-take the class!

We actually recommend students to move to next course ONLY when they are able to comfortably use what they’ve learned in the class.

We practice more together, and we grow more together 🙂

Glad to hear that!

You can always practice your Japanese with local native speakers on our community, and you can even find your study buddies too!

We also provide Language Exchange on Monday mornings, 10am-12pm and Thursday evenings, 7pm-9pm for free to our students. So Come and join us!

You can study with our materials online when you have to miss your class!

Don’t forget to check each week’s assignment on our community to keep catching up the class.

And we do NOT offer a make-up class, instead, you can use our Language Exchange as your make-up class!

Advices From Our Students

ーRecommended Sites and Tools

Tofugo has good memory hints especially for learning the Japanese alphabet.

Doing all of the sections of Quizlets including the “Learn” and “Write” sections help.

Sometimes you can make your own mnemonics by associating a word with something you recognize in English.

Also, one motivation for learning is to remember that language is good for the brain!

It helps lower Dementia!

I am also motivated by the positive social interaction from attending class at Blue House Okinawa.

I have met really great classmates here and it is great way to interact with native Japanese speakers in the language exchanges.

ーThis Is How I Study

To  memorize Japanese vocab, I put several of my most challenging words into one sensible or silly sentences.

And I practice that sentence repeatedly. (You can do the same for practicing writing kanji — write a short story so you can work on vocab, kanji stroke order, and grammar simultaneously).

I try not to take it too seriously.

Language-learning effectively — especially speaking — requires humility and the ability to bounce back and laugh off my mistakes.

Your confidence will build back up over time as you get better and better 😉

ーTips to make Japanese learning more successful (not necessarily easier) but successful. 

First, know that many Japanese words and phrases are difficult and have no direct translation.

To better accept this fact leave what you know “makes sense” at the door before learning.

Second, Japanese is hard and there will be times when you wish to give up, particularly when you study particles and verb conjugation. 

Don’t allow yourself to be discouraged.

This is a common problem and most if not all Japanese language learners have experienced the same frustrations. 

Third, repetition is key in learning new languages. 

Go over the Quizlet exercises often and try to either speak Japanese, or put yourself in a place where you hear it often.

You will eventually begin to hear the words and nuances that are associated with the language!

A Guide to Japanese Grammar by Mr. Tae Kim

Mr. Kim is the author of one of our favorite books at Blue House Okinawa. To begin with, here are a few critical points we want to share from his text:

  1.       Unlike some Romance Languages that you may have studied, there is no direct translation from English to Japanese.

 

Mr. Kim gives the example that many students want to begin by learning phrases such as, “I am Mr. Smith,” so they translate it directly: “watashi wa Smith desu.” This is unnatural Japanese.

 

For example, Japanese speakers most often omit the subject (I or You), and the accurate translation, “Smith desu,” would merely be “Smith” in English.

 

We must let go of our English sentence structures to be successful in Japanese.

 

With that, immediately give up the idea of direct, word-for-word translations.

 

You’ll very quickly realize it’s impossible, anyway, as Japanese does not contain article such as “the” and “a”.

  1.       Change your mindset, learn Japanese.

 

Do not try to use English phrases in Japanese.

 

As Mr. Kim writes,

“If you find yourself trying to figure out how to say an English thought in Japanese, save yourself the trouble and stop because you won’t get it right most of the time.

You should always keep in mind that if you don’t know how to say it already, then you don’t know how to say it. …ask someone how to say it in Japanese including a full explanation of the answer and start practicing from Japanese.

 

Further,

“If you practice from the answer, you will develop good habits that will help you formulate correct and natural Japanese sentences. This is why I’m a firm believer of learning by example.”

  1.       Build your Japanese like you would a house – with focus on a strong foundation. Do not rush!

 

Many textbooks sacrifice accuracy and a true understanding of Japanese by using English-based thoughts and approaches.

 

However, Japanese is so fundamentally different in syntax and approach that it will be very difficult to progress in your learning without adjusting your thought-process from the beginning.

 

As Mr. Kim notes,

“…There are advantages and disadvantages to systematically building a grammatical foundation from the ground up.

In Japanese, the most fundamental grammatical concepts are often the most difficult to truly understand.

This means that the hardest part of the language will come first.”

 

Many teachers and students attempt to skip this process by learning phrases or using poor translations based on English patterns, but at Blue House Okinawa we face the challenges head-on for long-term rewards in language-acquisition.

Schedule & Tuition

Are you coming from overseas?

Or you’re busy that you can only have a few months to study Japanese?

Come and join us!

Most of our classes are 3 months long that you can come and take with a tourist visa!

Or if you’re living in Okinawa, you can take a class and after you finished your class, you can come back to next level of class any time when you get a chance.

 

Our classes go

*Beginners Japanese Class 1
*Beginners Japanese Class 2
*Beginners Japanese Class 3
(Recommended to beginners and test result of A1)

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*Pre-Intermediate Class 1
*Pre-Intermediate Class 2
*Pre-Intermediate Class 3
(Recommended to test result of A2-1)

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*Intermediate Class 1
*Intermediate Class 2
*Intermediate Class 3
(Recommended to test result of A2-2)

 

You have studied Japanese before and don’t know which class to join??

You can take this online test and see your level here!

Recommended classes for your test results are above.

Beginners Japanese Classes

This Beginners Classes are for those who:

  *Want to learn Japanese from TOTALLY ZERO!!

  *Have learned Japanese writing of Hiragana, Katakana and basic Kanjis but need more knowledge of Japanese phrases and grammar.

  *Have learned basic Japanese phrases and grammar but need to practice more of listening and speaking.

 

In these Beginners Japanese Classes, you’ll learn Japanese writing systems of Hiragana, Katakana, and very basic Kanjis,

very basic Japanese phrases, basic Japanese grammar: present tense, past tense, basic adjective conjugation, basic verb conjugation,

and Japanese culture and manner that you can apply into your Japanese conversation with local Japanese right away!

 

After finishing these classes, you’ll be able to greet with Japanese and make short conversations in Japanese introducing yourself and talking about your daily life.

 

Please see the details of each class for further information. 

Beginners Japanese Class 1 *in 8 Weeks!*

This class is for those who:

*Want to learn Japanese from TOTALLY ZERO!

*Have learned Hiragana already but want to learn basic Japanese vocabulary and phrases.

*Have learned basic Japanese vocabulary and phrases but want to practice more listening and speaking.

This is twice a week, 8 weeks class!

Schedule:

*March Morning Class
  Monday, March 2nd - Wednesday, April 22nd 
  10:55am - 12:30pm

*March Evening Class
  Tuesday, March 3rd - Thursday, April 23rd
  8:15pm - 9:50pm

*May Afternoon Class
  Tuesday, May 5th - Thursday, June 25th  
  12:40pm - 2:15pm

*May Evening Class
  Tuesday, May 5th - Thursday, June 25th 
  6:30pm - 8:05pm

Tuition:

  Lesson Fee: 70,400 yen 
  Course Materials: 1,650 yen
  Registration Fee: 5,400 yen

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   Total: 77,450 yen

One-Time Payment: 
  74,160 yen *10% discount on lesson fee!

Two-Times Payment:  
  First Time - 42,250 yen
 
Second Time - 35,200 yen

Estimated Study Time: 

  160 Hours/8 Weeks

    Lesson Hours - 6 hours/week
 Language Exchange Hours - 2 hours/week
 Self-Study Hours - 12 Hours/week

Registration:

Register and pay by the 20th of the month prior to the class begins to save your spot!

You can register

March Class here!

May Class here!

Beginners Japanese Class 2 *in 8 Weeks!*

This class is for those who:

*Have learned Hiragana and Katakana already but need to learn basic Japanese vocabulary and phrases.

*Have learned basic Japanese structure but want to practice more listening and speaking.

*Are ready to learn basic adjective conjugations.

This is twice a week, 8 weeks class!

Schedule:

*March Morning Class
  Monday, March 2nd - Wednesday, April 22nd
  9:10am - 10:45am

*May Morning Class 
  Monday, May 4th - Wednesday, June 24th
  10:55am - 12:30pm

*May Evening Class
  Tuesday, May 5th - Thursday, June 25th
  8:15pm - 9:50pm

 

Tuition:

  Lesson Fee: 70,400 yen 
  Course Materials: 1,650 yen
  Registration Fee: 5,400 yen

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   Total: 77,450 yen

One-Time Payment: 
  74,160 yen *10% discount on lesson fee!

Two-Times Payment:  
  First Time - 42,250 yen
 
Second Time - 35,200 yen

 

Estimated Study Time: 

  160 Hours/8 Weeks

    Lesson Hours - 6 hours/week
 Language Exchange Hours - 2 hours/week
 Self-Study Hours - 12 Hours/week

Registration:

Register and pay by the 20th of the month prior to the class begins to save your spot!

You can register

March Class here!

May Class here!

Beginners Japanese Class 3

This class is for those who:

*Are ready to learn Kanji!

*Have learned Hiragana, Katakana and basic Kanji but want to learn more Japanese vocabulary and phrases.

*Are able to have a short conversation in Japanese with local Japanese but want to practice more listening and speaking.

This is twice a week, 4 months class.

Schedule:

*May Morning Class
  Monday, May 4th - Wednesday, August 19th
  9:10am - 10:45am

Tuition:

  Lesson Fee: 140,800 yen 
  Course Materials: 1,650 yen
  Registration Fee: 5,400 yen

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   Total: 147,850 yen

One-Time Payment: 
  133,770 yen *10% discount on lesson fee!

Monthly Payment:  
  First Time - 42,250 yen
 
Second to Sixth Time - 35,200 yen/Month

Estimated Study Time

  320 Hours/4 Months

    Lesson Hours - 6 hours/week
 Language Exchange Hours - 2 hours/week
 Self-Study Hours - 12 Hours/week

Registration:

Register and pay by the 20th of the month prior to the class begins to save your spot!

Pre-Intermediate Japanese Classes

In Pre-Intermediate Japanese Class, you can jump right into any class as long as you either have finished Beginners Japanese Classes at Blue House Okinawa or have JLPT N5!

This Pre-Intermediate Classes are for those who:

*Have learned

  -Japanese writing systems of Hiragana, Katakana, and very basic Kanjis,

  -very basic Japanese phrases, basic Japanese grammar: present tense, past tense, basic adjective conjugation, basic verb conjugation,

  -and Japanese culture and manner.

*Are ready to learn more of basic level of Kanji, Japanese vocabulary, and verb conjugations.

*Have JLPT N5 and want to practice N5 level of listening and speaking.


After taking this classes, you’ll be able to have a conversation in Japanese with simple sentences talking about your daily routine and background.


Wanna see the inside of our textbook?

Click here!

Pre-Intermediate Japanese Class 1

This class is for those who:

*Have finished Beginners Japanese Classes at Blue House Okinawa

*Have JLPT N5 and want to practice more listening and speaking

This is twice a week, 3 months class.

Schedule:

*Morning Class
  
Tuesday, March 3rd - Thursday, May 28th
  9:10am - 10:45am

*Evening Class
  Monday, March 2nd - Wednesday, May 27th
  6:30pm - 8:05pm

Tuition:

  Lesson Fee: 105,600 yen 
  Course Materials: 4,000 yen
  Registration Fee: 5,400 yen

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   Total: 115,000 yen

One-Time Payment: 
  104,440 yen *10% discount on lesson fee!

Monthly Payment:  
  First Time - 44,600 yen
 
Second and Third Time - 35,200 yen/Month

Estimated Study Time

  240 Hours/3 Months

    Lesson Hours - 6 hours/week
 Language Exchange Hours - 2 hours/week
 Self-Study Hours - 12 Hours/week

Registration:

Register and pay by the 20th of the month prior to the class begins to save your spot!

Pre-Intermediate Japanese Class 2

This class is for those who:

*Have finished Beginners Japanese Classes at Blue House Okinawa

*Have JLPT N5 and want to practice more listening and speaking

This is twice a week, 3 months class.

Schedule:

*Morning Class
  
Tuesday, June 2nd - Thursday, August 20th
  9:10am - 10:45am

*Evening Class
  Monday, June 1st - Wednesday, August 19th
  6:30pm - 8:05pm

Tuition:

  Lesson Fee: 105,600 yen 
  Course Materials (If Needed) : 4,000 yen
  Registration Fee (If Needed): 5,400 yen

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   Total:

  With Course Materials and Registration Fee - 115,000 yen

  Without Course Materials and Registration Fee - 105,600 yen

One-Time Payment: *10% discount on lesson fee!

  With Course Materials and Registration Fee - 104,440 yen

  Without Course Materials and Registration Fee - 95,040 yen

 

Monthly Payment:  

  First Time

  With Course Materials and Registration Fee - 44,600 yen

  Without Course Materials and Registration Fee - 35,200 yen
 

  Second and Third Time - 35,200 yen/Month

Estimated Study Time

  240 Hours/3 Months

    Lesson Hours - 6 hours/week
 Language Exchange Hours - 2 hours/week
 Self-Study Hours - 12 Hours/week

Registration:

Register and pay by the 20th of the month prior to the class begins to save your spot!

Pre-Intermediate Japanese Class 3

This class is for those who:

*Have finished Beginners Japanese Classes at Blue House Okinawa

*Have JLPT N5 and want to practice more listening and speaking

This is twice a week, 3 months class.

Schedule:

*Morning Class
  
Tuesday, September 1st - Thursday, November 10th
  9:10am - 10:45am

*Evening Class
  Monday, August 31st - Wednesday, November 18th
  6:30pm - 8:05pm

Tuition:

  Lesson Fee: 105,600 yen 
  Course Materials (If Needed) : 4,000 yen
  Registration Fee (If Needed): 5,400 yen

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   Total:

  With Course Materials and Registration Fee - 115,000 yen

  Without Course Materials and Registration Fee - 105,600 yen

One-Time Payment: *10% discount on lesson fee!

  With Course Materials and Registration Fee - 104,440 yen

  Without Course Materials and Registration Fee - 95,040 yen

 

Monthly Payment:  

  First Time

  With Course Materials and Registration Fee - 44,600 yen

  Without Course Materials and Registration Fee - 35,200 yen
 

  Second and Third Time - 35,200 yen/Month

Estimated Study Time

  240 Hours/3 Months

    Lesson Hours - 6 hours/week
 Language Exchange Hours - 2 hours/week
 Self-Study Hours - 12 Hours/week

Registration:

Register and pay by the 20th of the month prior to the class begins to save your spot!

Intermediate Japanese Classes

In Pre-Intermediate Japanese Class, you can jump right into any class as long as you either have finished Pre-Intermediate Japanese Classes at Blue House Okinawa or have JLPT N4!

This Intermediate Classes are for those who:

*Have learned

  -basic 100 Joyo Kanji,

 -basic adjective conjugation, basic verb conjugation,

  -and Japanese culture and manner.

*Are ready to learn N4 level of Kanji, Japanese vocabulary, and verb conjugations.

*Have JLPT N4 and want to practice N4 level of listening and speaking.

Wanna see the inside of our textbook?

Click here!

Intermediate Japanese Class 1

This class is for those who:

*Have finished Pre-Intermediate Japanese Classes at Blue House Okinawa

*Have JLPT N4 and want to practice more listening and speaking

This is twice a week, 3 months class.

Schedule:

*Morning Class
  
Tuesday, March 3rd - Thursday, May 28th
  10:55am - 12:30pm

Tuition:

  Lesson Fee: 105,600 yen 
  Course Materials: 4,000 yen
  Registration Fee: 5,400 yen

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   Total: 115,000 yen

One-Time Payment: 
  104,440 yen *10% discount on lesson fee!

Monthly Payment:  
  First Time - 44,600 yen
 
Second and Third Time - 35,200 yen/Month

Estimated Study Time

  240 Hours/3 Months

    Lesson Hours - 6 hours/week
 Language Exchange Hours - 2 hours/week
 Self-Study Hours - 12 Hours/week

Registration:

Register and pay by the 20th of the month prior to the class begins to save your spot!

Intermediate Japanese Class 2

This class is for those who:

*Have finished Pre-Intermediate Japanese Classes at Blue House Okinawa

*Have JLPT N4 and want to practice more listening and speaking

This is twice a week, 3 months class.

Schedule:

*Morning Class
  
Tuesday, June 2nd - Thursday, August 20th
  10:55am - 12:30pm

Tuition:

  Lesson Fee: 105,600 yen 
  Course Materials (If Needed) : 4,000 yen
  Registration Fee (If Needed): 5,400 yen

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   Total:

  With Course Materials and Registration Fee - 115,000 yen

  Without Course Materials and Registration Fee - 105,600 yen

One-Time Payment: *10% discount on lesson fee!

  With Course Materials and Registration Fee - 104,440 yen

  Without Course Materials and Registration Fee - 95,040 yen

 

Monthly Payment:  

  First Time

  With Course Materials and Registration Fee - 44,600 yen

  Without Course Materials and Registration Fee - 35,200 yen
 

  Second and Third Time - 35,200 yen/Month

Estimated Study Time

  240 Hours/3 Months

    Lesson Hours - 6 hours/week
 Language Exchange Hours - 2 hours/week
 Self-Study Hours - 12 Hours/week

Registration:

Register and pay by the 20th of the month prior to the class begins to save your spot!

Intermediate Japanese Class 3

This class is for those who:

*Have finished Pre-Intermediate Japanese Classes at Blue House Okinawa

*Have JLPT N4 and want to practice more listening and speaking

This is twice a week, 3 months class.

Schedule:

*Morning Class
  
Tuesday, September 1st - Thursday, November 19th
  10:55am - 12:30pm

Tuition:

  Lesson Fee: 105,600 yen 
  Course Materials (If Needed) : 4,000 yen
  Registration Fee (If Needed): 5,400 yen

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   Total:

  With Course Materials and Registration Fee - 115,000 yen

  Without Course Materials and Registration Fee - 105,600 yen

One-Time Payment: *10% discount on lesson fee!

  With Course Materials and Registration Fee - 104,440 yen

  Without Course Materials and Registration Fee - 95,040 yen

 

Monthly Payment:  

  First Time

  With Course Materials and Registration Fee - 44,600 yen

  Without Course Materials and Registration Fee - 35,200 yen
 

  Second and Third Time - 35,200 yen/Month

Estimated Study Time

  240 Hours/3 Months

    Lesson Hours - 6 hours/week
 Language Exchange Hours - 2 hours/week
 Self-Study Hours - 12 Hours/week

Registration:

Register and pay by the 20th of the month prior to the class begins to save your spot!

How to Start a Class!

Ready to join us??
Register & make the payment online today!
You can register in here!

We’ll send you the information of your orientation via email after the payment.

Please let us know when you’ll attend the orientation.

If you’re joining Beginners Classes, you don’t have to attend the orientation beforehand.

We’ll have it in class together!

You will pick up the course materials at the orientation. Pre-study and get ready for the class!

Again, if you’re joining our Beginners Japanese Classes, you don’t have any pre-study required.

Just bring yourself to the class!

We’re so excited to have you in the class!

Oh, remember that street parking is not allowed at the house. Please park your car by the seawall 🙂

Register today!

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