Japanese Conversation Class

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Japanese Classes

Curriculum

Tuition

FAQs

Japanese Learning Tips

Who We Are

Beyond Language Learning

A Close-Knit Multilingual Community
Join us and become part of a vibrant community where Japanese and English learners teach and learn from each other.

Authentic and Immersive Practice
Experience genuine language practice with native Japanese speakers in our Japanese class providing endless opportunities for real-world application.

Supportive and Community-Centered
Embrace a relaxed, community-oriented approach to learning. Together, we support, grow, and share joyful moments, making every step of the journey enjoyable.

Jump into the Japanese language without any pre-study with our laid-back and engaging class!
Designed for learning in a fun, stress-free environment, our Japanese Conversation class let us explore the language together, right from the get-go.

If your time is limited but you’re keen to start speaking Japanese, our casual conversation classes are just what you need.
Perfect for those who want to focus on practical speaking skills rather than reading, writing, or complex grammar, our sessions are geared towards helping you master essential phrases and understand the basics for everyday communication.

Our class not only emphasize correct pronunciation and the use of daily expressions but is also ideal for those planning to travel or live in Japan.
Plus, you’ll have the fantastic opportunity to participate in Language Exchange sessions with Japanese students learning English and gain exclusive access to our vibrant online learning community!

Get ready to speak Japanese with confidence and ease.
Join us today and start your journey to becoming a proficient speaker!

After Taking This Course

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

*Greetings

*Self-Introduction
Ex.
– Nice to meet you. / Hajime mashite, douzo yoroshiku.
– Are you Mr. Suzuki? / Suzuki san desuka.
– The office number is 090-1234-5678. / Kaisha no denwa bangou wa 090-1234-5678.

*Country, People & Language

Ex.
– Japan, Japanese People, Japanese Language / nihon, nihon jin, nihon go

*Occupations

Blue House Okinawa Japanese :English School - Japanese Conversation Class - Greeting

*Directions to a Taxi Driver
Ex.
– To the Narita airport, please. / Narita kuukou made onegai shimasu.
– straight, right, left / massugu, migi, hidari

*Places

Ex.
– bank, post office, hospital, park / ginkou, yuubin kyoku, byouin, kouen

*Counting in Yen

*Place an Order at a Coffee Shop
Ex.
– A large coffee, please. / Ko-hi- L-saizu o hitotsu onegai shimasu.
*Ordering a Pizza on the Phone
Ex.
– My address is Miyagi 1-82, Chatan. / Juusho wa Chatan cho, Miyagi 1-82 desu.

*What Are They Saying at a Convenience Store?

Ex.
– Shall I put it in a bag? / Fukuro ni oire shimasuka.
– Is it ok just like this? (no bag) / Kono mama de yoroshii desuka.
– Shall I put chopsticks? / Ohashi o otsuke shimasuka.

*What Are They Saying at a Coffee Shop?

Ex.
– Are you ready to order? / Gochumon okimari deshitara douzo.
– Is it for here? / Kochira de omeshi agari desuka.
– Is it to go? / Omochi kaeri desuka.

Blue House Okinawa Japanese :English School - Japanese Conversation Class - Ordering Food

*Counting General Objects
Ex.
– one thing, two things, three things … / hitotsu, futatsu, mittsu…
*Ordering at a Restaurant
Ex.
– What is this? / Kore wa nan desuka.
– This is chicken curry. / Kore wa chikin kare- desu.
– Do you have beef curry? / Bi-fu kare- wa arimasuka.

*To Avoid Specific Ingredients

Ex.
– Are there any nuts in it? / Nattsu ga haitte imasuka.
– Can I have it without nuts in it? / Nattsu nashi o onegai dekimasuka.
– I’m allergic to nuts. / Nattsu arerugi- desu.

*Kanji Signs in Restaurants

Ex.
– open for business / 営業中 eigyou chu
– in preparation / 準備中 junbi chu
– regular holiday, closed / 定休日 teikyubi

Blue House Okinawa Japanese :English School - Japanese Conversation Class - Ordering Food 2

*Shopping
Ex.
– What is it? / Nan desuka.
– Where is it? / Doko desuka.
– How much is it? / Ikura desuka.
*Food and Ingredients Vocabulary

*Telling Time
Ex.
– 1 o’clock, 2 o’clock, 3 o’clock … / ichiji, niji, sanji …
– 1 minutes, 5 minutes, 10 minutes … / ippun, gofun, juppun
– What time is it? / Nan ji desuka.

*Asking for Business Hours
Ex.
– What time do you open? / Nanji kara desuka.
– What time do you close? / Nanji made desuka.
– When would be possible? / Itsu deki masuka.

*Days of the Week


*Months and Dates

*Taking Public Transportation
Ex.
– train, bullet train, airplane / densha, shinkansen, hikouki
– I go to the airport. / Kuukou ni ikimasu.
– Does this bus go to the airport? / Kono basu wa kuukou ni ikimasuka.

*Locations
Ex.
– in front of the airport / kuukou no mae
– nearby the train station / eki no chikaku
– to the right of the convenience store / konbini no migi

*At the Station
Ex.
– to get on shinkansen at Osaka / Osaka de shinkansen ni norimasu
– to change to JR at Kyoto / Kyoto de JR ni norikaemasu
– to get off at Gion / Gion de orimasu

*Asking for the Destination

Ex.
– Where does this go? / Kore wa doko ni ikimasuka.
– Does it go to the airport? / Kuukou ni ikimasuka.
– I go to the airport. / Kuukou ni ikimasu.

Blue House Okinawa Japanese :English School - Japanese Conversation Class - At the Train Station

*Everyday Phrases
Ex.
– I eat sandwiches for lunch. / Hirugohan ni sandoicchi o tabemasu.
– I go to work at 7. / Shichiji ni shigoto ni ikimasu.
– I watch movies on my day off. / Yasumi no hi wa eiga o mimasu.
– I buy a new phone. / Atarashii keitai o kaimasu.

*Socializing
Ex.
– Why don’t we go together? / Issho ni iki masenka.
– Why don’t we have lunch together? / Issho ni hiru gohan o tabe masenka.
– Why don’t we have coffee together? / Issho ni ko-hi- o nomi masenka.
– Let’s go. / Iki masho.
– Let’s eat. / Tabe masho.
– Let’s drink. / Nomi masho.

*Describing Your Day
Ex.
– I went to the gym today. / Kyo jimu ni ikimashita.
– I had dinner. / Ban gohan o tabe mashita.
– I didn’t drink beer. / Bi-ru o nomi masen deshita.
– It was fun. / Tanoshi katta desu.
– It was delicious. / Oishi katta desu.

Japanese Manners & Etiquette

We’ll also learn about Japanese Manners & Etiquette too!:

*Dining Manners
– Bad Chopstick Manners
– Manners for Eating Sushi
– Manners for Sushi-Go-Around
– Manners for Eating Noodles
– Manners for Eating Tempura
– Manners at Izakaya; Japanese-Style Bar
– How to Pour Japanese Sake and Shochu
– Manners for Eating Ramen
– How to Make Your Own Onigiri
– Manners for Eating Japanese Confectionery

Blue House Okinawa Japanese :English School - Japanese Conversation Class - Table Manners

*Manners for Staying and Visiting
– How to Drink Japanese Tea
– How to Make Your Own Japanese Tea
– Manners at Ryokan; Japanese-Style Hotels
– How to Wear a Yukata; Japanese-Style Summer Kimono
– Manners at Hot Springs
– How to Take a Public Bath
– Staying at a Japanese Temple/Shrine
– Manners for a Japanese House Visit
– Manners for Giving a Gift
– Manners for Visiting Japanese Temples and Shrines
– How to do Zazen; Japanese Meditation

Blue House Okinawa Japanese :English School - Japanese Conversation Class - Ryokan

*Understanding Japanese Culture
– Japanese Gardens
– How to Spot a Good Bonsai
– Japanese Castles
– Japanese Festivals
– Manners at Japanese Cherry Blossom Viewing Visit
– Kabuki, Noh, Kagura, Gagaku, Bunraku; Japanese Culture
– Kimono; Japanese Traditional Formal Dress
– Kimono Manners
– Sado; Japanese Tea Ceremony
– Kado; Japanese Flower Arrangement
– Shodo, Haiku; Japanese Literature
– Ukiyoe; Japanese Art
– Budo; Japanese Martial Arts
– Origami
– Annual Events in Spring
– Annual Events in Summer
– Annual Events in Autumn
– Annual Events in Winter
– Japanese New Year
– Japanese Shinto-Style Wedding
– Japanese Funeral
– Greeting in Japanese

Blue House Okinawa Japanese :English School - Japanese Conversation Class - Kimono

Japanese Classes

Curriculum

Tuition

FAQs

Japanese Learning Tips

Practice in Class

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.

Ask Native Japanese Speakers the Questions

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.

Language Exchange May '19

Even More Practice!

Ask native Japanese speakers questions 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.

2. Nov 16, Blue House Okinawa English: Japanese School App10

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!

Regular Class

Intensive Learning with a Fixed Schedule

Our Regular Class is perfect for those committed to mastering Japanese. Attend classes weekly on the same days and times, ensuring a consistent and reliable routine. Benefit from regular, focused practice, immediate feedback from experienced instructors, and interaction with dedicated peers. This structured approach helps you stay disciplined, making steady progress towards fluency.

 

Why Choose Our Regular Class?

 

1. Easy to Build Study Habits
With a fixed schedule, it’s easier to build and maintain your study habits. Attending classes on the same days and at the same times each week helps integrate learning into your routine, making it a regular part of your life.

 

2. Accelerate Your Progress
Join our Regular class and attend lessons weekly to fast-track your language learning journey. Regular attendance not only enhances your understanding of the Japanese language but also speeds up your progress, helping you achieve your goals faster and more effectively.

 

3. Improve Listening and Speaking Skills Faster
Frequent classes enhance your Japanese listening and speaking skills more quickly too. Engaging in regular conversations with native Japanese speakers and receiving direct feedback from instructors improve your practical communication abilities.

 

4. Cost-Effective
The Self-Paced Regular Class is more cost-effective compared to taking eight/four Flexible Schedule lessons. This makes it an economical choice for those looking to maximize their learning within a budget.

 

5. Switch to Flex Class Anytime!
When you sign up for a Regular Class, you have the freedom to switch to a Flex Class anytime in the future. Changing your class is easy and can be done online with just a few clicks. Enjoy the flexibility to choose the learning style that best suits your needs!

Regular Class Tuition

Registration Fee  11,000 yen

Class Materials
 Japanese Conversation: 7,200 yen

*The registration fee and the class materials are required for a new student and each student.

 

Tuition
– This class meet once a week.
Tuition Subscription Renewal Date
The subscription renews on the 20th of the preceding month. You can cancel the subscription at any time as needed.

  • By Term with Early Bird Discount ¥ 27,720

    The payment for the upcoming term by the 20th of the preceding month.

  • By Term with Regular Price ¥ 33,270

    The payment for the upcoming term after the 20th of the preceding month.

  • By Month with Early Bird Discount ¥ 15,400

    The payment for the upcoming month by the 20th of the preceding month.

  • By Month with Regular Price ¥ 18,480

    The payment for the upcoming month after the 20th of the preceding month.

*Register at least 1 day prior to the 1st day of class. If a class is already in session, please wait until the next term starts to register.

2024 Schedule
Jan-Feb Term   *8 Jan – 29 Feb
Mar-Apr Term  *4 Mar – 25 Apr
May-Jun Term  *6 May – 27 Jun
Jul-Aug Term    *1 Jul – 22 Aug
Sep-Oct Term    *2 Sep – 24 Oct
Nov-Dec Term   *28 Oct – 19 Dec

*Tuition fees cover one term regardless of your attendance.

*Cancellation Policy
90% refund for cancellation greater than 7 days prior to the 1st day of class
50% refund for cancellation 1-7 days prior to 1st day of class
NO refunds for cancellation after the 1st day of class

Register today to save your spot!

Flexible Schedule Class

Discover the Ultimate Flexible Schedule Class

In today’s fast-paced world, balancing work, studies, and family commitments can be challenging. Our Flexible Schedule Class is designed for busy individuals, those traveling from afar, and anyone who prefers online learning. This hybrid class offers the best of both worlds, allowing you to tailor your education to fit your lifestyle seamlessly. You can purchase coupons and book your lessons at your convenience, making it perfect for those with busy schedules.

 

Why Choose Our Flexible Schedule Class?

 

1. Start Now!
You don’t have to wait for a new term to start. You can start online program now and come to class whenever you get a chance! This allows you to start learning without delay and fit your education into your life seamlessly.

 

2. Make Your Own Schedule
The ability to make your own schedule is a significant advantage. You can book lessons at times that fit your personal and professional commitments, providing you with the flexibility to learn when it’s most convenient for you.

 

3. Easy to Continue
With the flexibility to create your own schedule, it’s easier to continue your learning journey without interruptions. You can adapt your study times to fit your changing schedule, ensuring that you keep making progress.

 

4. Pay for What You Use
You only pay for the lessons you take, which means you don’t have to worry about wasting money on classes you can’t attend. This pay-as-you-go model is particularly beneficial for those with unpredictable schedules.

 

5. Switch to Regular Class Anytime!
When you sign up for a Flex  Class, you have the freedom to switch to a Regular Class anytime in the future. Changing your class is easy and can be done online with just a few clicks. Enjoy the flexibility to choose the learning style that best suits your needs!

Flexible Schedule Class Tuition

Registration Fee  11,000 yen

Class Materials
 Japanese Conversation: 7,200 yen

*The registration fee and the class materials are required for a new student and each student.


– You can purchase coupons and book your lessons at your convenience.Choose from the following options:
  Flex 4: 4 lessons per month
  Flex 3: 3 lessons per month
  Flex 2: 2 lessons per month
  Flex 1: 1 lessons per month
Tuition Subscription Renewal Date
The subscription renewals monthly on the date you signed up. You can cancel the subscription at any time as needed.

  • Flex 4 ¥ 18,480

    4,620 Yen/Lesson - 4 lessons a month.

  • Flex 3 ¥ 14,850

    4,950 Yen/Lesson - 3 lessons a month.

  • Flex 2 ¥ 11,000

    5,500 Yen/Lesson - 2 lessons a month.

  • Flex 1 ¥ 6,050

    6,050 Yen/Lesson - 1 lesson a month.

*Subscription Cancellation Policy
-100% refund for cancellations made more than 1 day prior to your subscription renewal date.
-No refunds for cancellations made after your subscription renewal date.

 

*Lesson Booking & Cancellation Policy
You can book a lesson from 1 hour to 3 weeks before the lesson in advance.
Your coupon will be available for use from the day your subscription renews for up to 3 weeks.
Please note that the coupon cannot be carried over to the next 4-week subscription period.

Cancellations made more than 24 hours before the scheduled lesson:
Your coupon will be reactivated and can be used to book another lesson.
Cancellations made within 24 hours before the scheduled lesson:
Your coupon will be forfeited and cannot be used for future bookings.

Please send your instructor a message on Living Room and let him/her know when you cancel a lesson within 24 hours before the scheduled lesson.

Register today to save your spot!

*Display price is a price for per lesson.

How to Book a Lesson for the Flexible Class

Once you sign up for the Flex class, you can start booking your lessons as below.
Your coupon will be applied on the checkout page.

Lesson Booking Policy
– You can book a lesson from 1 hour to 3 weeks before the lesson in advance.
– Your coupon will be available for use from the day your subscription renews for up to 3 weeks.
– Please note that the coupon cannot be carried over to the next 4-week subscription period.

Check lesson availabilities.

How to Cancel the Lesson for the Flexible Class

After booking a lesson, you can cancel it here if needed here
*You need to be a student to access your account page.

*Lesson Booking Cancellation Policy
– Cancellations made more than 24 hours before the scheduled lesson:
Your coupon will be reactivated and can be used to book another lesson.
– Cancellations made within 24 hours before the scheduled lesson:
Your coupon will be forfeited and cannot be used for future bookings.
– Please send your instructor a message on Living Room and let him/her know when you cancel a lesson within 24 hours before the scheduled lesson.

Both the Regular Class and the Flexible Schedule Class offer unique benefits tailored to different needs. The Regular Class provides a structured environment that helps build consistent study habits, ensures faster progress, and improves practical language skills. On the other hand, the Flexible Schedule Class offers convenience and flexibility, allowing you to learn at your own pace, pay only for the lessons you take, and start immediately.

No matter which class you choose, you will receive high-quality instruction and support from our experienced teachers. Our goal is to provide you with the tools and resources you need to succeed in learning Japanese, whether you prefer a regular schedule or require the flexibility to fit learning into a busy life.

 

Join Us Today!

Don’t let a busy schedule or distance stop you from learning Japanese. Choose the class that best fits your needs and start your journey with us. Our flexible and regular classes are designed to accommodate your lifestyle and help you achieve your language learning goals. 

How to Start

Here are the easy steps to get you started with your Japanese Conversation 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 our Japanese conversation class comes to a close, you’ll make remarkable strides in your speaking and comprehension skills.
This journey will equip you with practical language tools and confidence to engage in conversations with native speakers.

We hope the real-life scenarios and interactive sessions inspires you to continue practicing and exploring the nuances of Japanese.
Keep building on this foundation—practice regularly, stay curious, and seek opportunities to converse in Japanese.

Your progress is a testament to your dedication, and with continued effort, you’ll find your fluency ever improving. Keep up the great work!

Japanese Classes

Curriculum

Tuition

FAQs

Japanese Learning Tips

Who We Are

Beyond Language Learning

A Close-Knit Multilingual Community
Join us and become part of a vibrant community where Japanese and English learners teach and learn from each other.

Authentic and Immersive Practice
Experience genuine language practice with native Japanese speakers in our Japanese class providing endless opportunities for real-world application.

Supportive and Community-Centered
Embrace a relaxed, community-oriented approach to learning. Together, we support, grow, and share joyful moments, making every step of the journey enjoyable.

Pre-Intermediate Japanese 3 Class

Table of Contents

Japanese Classes

Curriculum

Tuition

FAQs

Japanese Learning Tips

Who We Are

Beyond Language Learning

A Close-Knit Multilingual Community
Join us and become part of a vibrant community where Japanese and English learners teach and learn from each other.

Authentic and Immersive Practice
Experience genuine language practice with native Japanese speakers in our Japanese class providing endless opportunities for real-world application.

Supportive and Community-Centered
Embrace a relaxed, community-oriented approach to learning. Together, we support, grow, and share joyful moments, making every step of the journey enjoyable.

Step into Pre-Intermediate Japanese 3, the culmination of your initial explorations into the Japanese language.
This course is designed to solidify your understanding and use of intermediate-level grammar and vocabulary, preparing you for the transition to more advanced stages.

You will refine your skills in forming complex sentences and handling various communicative situations with greater confidence.
Engaging lessons will enhance your fluency and comprehension, incorporating cultural nuances to deepen your connection to the language.

Prepare to challenge yourself and celebrate your achievements as you near the threshold of advanced Japanese proficiency.

After Taking This Course

After taking Pre-Intermediate Japanese 3 class at Blue House Okinawa,
you’ll be able to say Japanese phrases below:

 

*エドワードです。おひさしぶりです。
/ Hi, it’s Edward. Long time no see.
*おぼえていますか。日本で会ったことがあります。
/ Do you remember me? We met in Japan.
*らいしゅうの出張は私とタイラーがたんとうします。
/ Tyler and I will be handling the business trip next week.
*どうぞよろしくお願いします。
/ We’re looking forward to working with you.
*空港にはタイラーさんがむかえに行きます。
/ Tyler will be picking you up at the airport.
*出発時間と到着時間をおしえてください。
/ Please let us know your departure and arrival times.
*出張のスケジュールをおくります。見てください。
/ We’ll send you the itinerary for the business trip. Please check it.

*ABCモーターズのやまださんから電話がありました。
/ Received a call from Mr. Yamada at ABC Motors.
*メッセージがありました。
/ He left a message.
*あしたはかいぎを11時にはじめてもいいですか。
/ “Is it okay to start tomorrow’s meeting at 11 AM?”
*4時ごろもういちどお電話します。
/ “I will call again around 4 PM.”

*けんこうのためにせいかつや食事にきをつけましょう。
/ To promote health through lifestyle and dietary habits, let’s take care.
*せいかつの時間について:
/ About Lifestyle Routines:
*まいにち、おなじ時間にねて、おなじ時間におきてください。
/ Try to sleep at the same time and wake up at the same time every day.
*食事もまいにちおなじ時間にするといいです。
/ It’s good to have your meals too at consistent times daily.
*食事について:
/ About Dietary:
*肉、魚、野菜、くだもの、何でも食べてください。
/ Please eat meat, fish, vegetables, fruits, whatever.
*お酒は飲みすぎないでください。
/ Please don’t drink alcohol too much.
*うんどうについて:
/ About Exercise:
*けんこうのためにうんどうをしましょう。
/ Let’s do exercise for health.
*会社ではできるだけエレベーターは使わないでください。
/ Please don’t use elevators at work as much as possible.

*ジムの使いかた
/ How to Use the Gym
*はじめてトレーニングする人は、トレーナーに聞いてください。
/ People who are training for the first time, please ask a trainer.
*マシンの使いかたがわからない人は、トレーナーに聞いてください。
/ If you don’t know how to use a machine, please ask a trainer.
*ジムの中では食べたり、飲んだりしないでください。飲食はラウンジでお願いします。
/ Please don’t eat or drink inside the gym. For any refreshments the lounge please.
*ジムの中では携帯電話を使わないでください。
/ Please don’t use mobile phones in the gym.
*たばこをすう人は外でお願いします。ジムの中ではすわないでください。
/ For those who smoke, please do so outside. Please don’t smoke in the gym.

*しゅうしょくのお祝いに仕事で使うものをよくあげます。
/ For celebrating new employment, I often give things that can be used at work.
*ペンやめいしいれなどが多いです。
/ Pens and business card holders and such are many (common).
*会社では学生のとき使わないことばを使いますから、じしょもよくあげます。
/ Since at the workplace we use words we didn’t use at college, I often give dictionaries too.
*さいきんは、レストランでいっしょに食事をしたり、パーティーをする人もいます。
/ Recently, there are people who eat together at a restaurant and/or do a party.

*新しい家はどうですか。
/ How is the new house?
*これは会社のみんなからです。
/ This is from everyone at the company.
*新しい家で使ってください。
/ Please use the new house.
*よしださんはよく花をかざると言っていましたから、きっときにいると思います。
/ Since Yoshida-san often said that decorates flowers, I’m sure you like it.

What We Will Learn

In Pre-Intermediate Japanese 3, we’ll study:

Lesson 13 – Lesson 18

*Nounでも いいですか
*Verb た ことが あります
*イ Adjective すぎます、ナ Adjective すぎます、Verb すぎます
*Sentence 1 が Sentence 2
*Verb て1年になります、Verb て1ヶ月になります
*Verb ても いいですか。
*Verb 1 る まえに、 Verb 2
*Verb ると いいです
*Verb ないで ください
*Verb 1 たり、Verb 2 たり しています
*Verb 人
*Sentence んです
*A は B に C を あげます
*B は A に C を もらいます、B は A から C を あげます
*Sentence と 思います
*Sentence と 言っていました

Self-Paced Method

Personalized Mastery with Self-Paced Learning

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. You don’t have to wait for other students, enabling you to advance more quickly. This flexibility ensures that your study of Japanese aligns with your personal learning style and daily schedule, making language acquisition a seamless part of your life rather than a disruptive obligation.

 

Accelerate Your Learning Journey

A significant benefit of the self-paced method is the ability to advance quickly through your studies. You can move forward as soon as you’re ready, making your learning experience more efficient and rewarding. Many students find that they can progress faster with a self-paced approach. By focusing on familiar topics briefly and spending more time on challenging areas, you can tailor your study sessions to your strengths and weaknesses, keeping you motivated and engaged.

 

Direct Instructor Support When Needed

While the self-paced method 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 expert guidance ensures 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 the Japanese language is deeply rooted. This flexibility encourages a more reflective and thorough engagement with the language, leading to lasting comprehension and proficiency.

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 Textbook

Our textbook, “Marugoto,” is designed specifically for adult learners of Japanese.
It emphasizes not only the use of Japanese for communication but also the understanding and respect for different cultures.

The textbook prioritizes listening, speaking, and conversational skills, catering to those who wish to quickly acquire basic Japanese proficiency.
It includes various scenarios featuring interactions among people from diverse cultural backgrounds, all conducted in Japanese.

Students like the textbook for its realistic speaking scenarios and the audio resources available through its online platform.
Many appreciate the opportunity to enhance their practice independently through its interactive online components.

Additionally, “Marugoto” offers a glimpse into various facets of Japanese culture via photographs and illustrations, accompanied by numerous natural conversational examples.
The online learning center enables students to study anytime, anywhere, providing more opportunities to practice Japanese, especially during classroom sessions.

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How to Study

1. Sign up for Minato

The Japan Foundation’s JF Japanese e-Learning Minato is a platform dedicated to the study of the Japanese language.
“Minato,” translating to “port,” symbolizes a gathering place for learning and connecting with others who share a similar interest.
At Minato, we offer an invitation to deepen your comprehension and insight into Japan, its people, and their language.

At Minato, a diverse array of Japanese courses awaits you online, making it easier than ever to start your journey into the Japanese language from wherever you are, at any time that suits you.
Have you ever felt discouraged from learning because classes were out of reach, or found yourself too busy to travel for lessons?
Or perhaps you’re curious about starting but feeling a bit apprehensive?
Minato is designed for you.
Here, you can personalize your learning experience by selecting the course level, type, study category, and language of instruction that best fits your needs.
Get ready to embark on your learning adventure with us.

Sign up here

After sign up, register for Marugoto A2-2 here

2. Study Marugoto A2-2 on Minato

This course is designed to offer a thorough understanding of both the Japanese language and culture.
Within the Katsudoo section, participants are afforded the opportunity to develop practical communication skills applicable to daily scenarios.
This is achieved through extensive exposure to Japanese, enhancing your ability to speak by actively listening.
Conversely, the Rikai section is structured to provide a systematic approach to learning how Japanese functions in communicative contexts.

The ultimate goal is to cultivate a comprehensive proficiency in Japanese, encompassing reading, listening, writing, and speaking abilities.

3. Flashcards and Practice on Blue House Okinawa App/Website

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.

Example Flashcards: 

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.

Quizlet Spell

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. Writing Practice on Workbook

After you’ve hit 80% or more on lesson quizzes, why not practice writing on workbook?

Practicing Japanese writing significantly enhances learning by improving memorization of kanji characters and their numerous compounds.
It facilitates a deeper understanding of sentence structure, grammar, and vocabulary, making the language more accessible.

Writing practice aids in mastering the nuances of kanji, hiragana, and katakana, crucial for reading and comprehension.
Additionally, it boosts confidence in using Japanese in real-world contexts, from casual conversations to formal writing.

Engaging with the writing system actively rather than passively listening or reading encourages active recall, reinforcing learning and retention.

Overall, writing practice is an indispensable tool in achieving fluency in Japanese.

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.

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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!

Study Japanese while helping your Japanese peers to study English!

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-Study Plan

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.

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Japanese Classes

Curriculum

Tuition

FAQs

Japanese Learning Tips

Regular Class

At Blue House Okinawa, we provide two tailored payment options to suit various needs and learning styles across different class settings. Whether you prefer an intensive learning environment or require flexibility to accommodate a busy schedule, we have the ideal class for you. Below, we outline the key differences between our Regular Class and Flexible Schedule Class.

Intensive Learning with a Fixed Schedule

Our Regular Class is perfect for those committed to mastering Japanese. Attend classes weekly on the same days and times, ensuring a consistent and reliable routine. Benefit from regular, focused practice, immediate feedback from experienced instructors, and interaction with dedicated peers. This structured approach helps you stay disciplined, making steady progress towards fluency.

 

Why Choose Our Regular Class?

 

1. Easy to Build Study Habits
With a fixed schedule, it’s easier to build and maintain your study habits. Attending classes on the same days and at the same times each week helps integrate learning into your routine, making it a regular part of your life.

 

2. Accelerate Your Progress
Join our Regular class and attend lessons weekly to fast-track your language learning journey. Regular attendance not only enhances your understanding of the Japanese language but also speeds up your progress, helping you achieve your goals faster and more effectively.

 

3. Improve Listening and Speaking Skills Faster
Frequent classes enhance your Japanese listening and speaking skills more quickly too. Engaging in regular conversations with native Japanese speakers and receiving direct feedback from instructors improve your practical communication abilities.

 

4. Cost-Effective
The Self-Paced Regular Class is more cost-effective compared to taking eight/four Flexible Schedule lessons. This makes it an economical choice for those looking to maximize their learning within a budget.

 

5. Switch to Flex Class Anytime!
When you sign up for a Regular Class, you have the freedom to switch to a Flex Class anytime in the future. Changing your class is easy and can be done online with just a few clicks. Enjoy the flexibility to choose the learning style that best suits your needs!

Regular Class Tuition

Registration Fee  11,000 yen

Class Materials
 Pre-Intermediate Japanese 3: 6,600 yen

*The registration fee and the class materials are required for a new student and each student.

 

Tuition
Early Bird Discount
  The payment for the upcoming term or month by the 20th of the preceding month are eligible for a 20% early bird discount. 
2 Payment Methods
  There are two payment methods available.
  By Term: Covering a 2-month period.
  By Month: Covering a 1-month period.
Tuition Subscription Renewal Date
The subscription renews on the 20th of the preceding month. You can cancel the subscription at any time as needed.

 

Self-Paced Regular Class Tuition
– Self-Paced Class is for Beginners Japanese 1 – 4, Pre-Intermediate Japanese 1 – 3 and JPLT Prep.
– This class meets twice a week.

  • By Term with Early Bird Discount ¥ 55,440

    The payment for the upcoming term by the 20th of the preceding month.

  • By Term with Regular Price ¥ 66,530

    The payment for the upcoming term after the 20th of the preceding month.

  • By Month with Early Bird Discount ¥ 27,720

    The payment for the upcoming month by the 20th of the preceding month.

  • By Month with Regular Price ¥ 33,270

    The payment for the upcoming month after the 20th of the preceding month.

*Register at least 1 day prior to the 1st day of class. If a class is already in session, please wait until the next term starts to register.

2024 Schedule
Jan-Feb Term   *8 Jan – 29 Feb
Mar-Apr Term  *4 Mar – 25 Apr
May-Jun Term  *6 May – 27 Jun
Jul-Aug Term    *1 Jul – 22 Aug
Sep-Oct Term    *2 Sep – 24 Oct
Nov-Dec Term   *28 Oct – 19 Dec

*Tuition fees cover one term regardless of your attendance.

*Class Cancellation Policy
90% refund for cancellation greater than 7 days prior to the 1st day of class
50% refund for cancellation 1-7 days prior to 1st day of class
NO refunds for cancellation after the 1st day of class

Register today to save your spot!

Flexible Schedule Class

Discover the Ultimate Flexible Schedule Class

In today’s fast-paced world, balancing work, studies, and family commitments can be challenging. Our Flexible Schedule Class is designed for busy individuals, those traveling from afar, and anyone who prefers online learning. This hybrid class offers the best of both worlds, allowing you to tailor your education to fit your lifestyle seamlessly. You can purchase coupons and book your lessons at your convenience, making it perfect for those with busy schedules.

 

Why Choose Our Flexible Schedule Class?

 

1. Start Now!
You don’t have to wait for a new term to start. You can start online program now and come to class whenever you get a chance! This allows you to start learning without delay and fit your education into your life seamlessly.

 

2. Make Your Own Schedule
The ability to make your own schedule is a significant advantage. You can book lessons at times that fit your personal and professional commitments, providing you with the flexibility to learn when it’s most convenient for you.

 

3. Easy to Continue
With the flexibility to create your own schedule, it’s easier to continue your learning journey without interruptions. You can adapt your study times to fit your changing schedule, ensuring that you keep making progress.

 

4. Pay for What You Use
You only pay for the lessons you take, which means you don’t have to worry about wasting money on classes you can’t attend. This pay-as-you-go model is particularly beneficial for those with unpredictable schedules.

 

5. Switch to Regular Class Anytime!
When you sign up for a Flex  Class, you have the freedom to switch to a Regular Class anytime in the future. Changing your class is easy and can be done online with just a few clicks. Enjoy the flexibility to choose the learning style that best suits your needs!

Flexible Schedule Class Tuition

Registration Fee  11,000 yen

Class Materials
 Pre-Intermediate Japanese 3: 6,600 yen

*The registration fee and the class materials are required for a new student and each student.

 

Self-Paced Flexible Schedule Class Tuition
– Self-Paced Class is for Beginners Japanese 1 – 4, Pre-Intermediate Japanese 1 – 3 and JPLT Prep.
– You can purchase coupons and book your lessons at your convenience.Choose from the following options:
  Flex 8: 8 lessons per month
  Flex 6: 6 lessons per month
  Flex 4: 4 lessons per month
  Flex 2: 2 lessons per month
Tuition Subscription Renewal Date
The subscription renewals monthly on the date you signed up. You can cancel the subscription at any time as needed.

  • Flex 8 ¥ 33,440

    4,180 Yen/Lesson - 8 lessons a month.

  • Flex 6 ¥ 26,400

    4,400 Yen/Lesson - 6 lessons a month.

  • Flex 4 ¥ 18,480

    4,620 Yen/Lesson - 4 lessons a month.

  • Flex 2 ¥ 11,000

    5,500 Yen/Lesson - 2 lessons a month.

*Subscription Cancellation Policy
-100% refund for cancellations made more than 1 day prior to your subscription renewal date.
-No refunds for cancellations made after your subscription renewal date.

 

*Lesson Booking & Cancellation Policy
You can book a lesson from 1 hour to 3 weeks before the lesson in advance.
Your coupon will be available for use from the day your subscription renews for up to 3 weeks.
Please note that the coupon cannot be carried over to the next 4-week subscription period.

Cancellations made more than 24 hours before the scheduled lesson:
Your coupon will be reactivated and can be used to book another lesson.
Cancellations made within 24 hours before the scheduled lesson:
Your coupon will be forfeited and cannot be used for future bookings.

Please send your instructor a message on Living Room and let him/her know when you cancel a lesson within 24 hours before the scheduled lesson.

Register today to save your spot!

*Display price is a price for per lesson.

How to Book a Lesson for the Flexible Class

Once you sign up for the Flex class, you can start booking your lessons as below.
Your coupon will be applied on the checkout page.

Lesson Booking Policy
– You can book a lesson from 1 hour to 3 weeks before the lesson in advance.
– Your coupon will be available for use from the day your subscription renews for up to 3 weeks.
– Please note that the coupon cannot be carried over to the next 4-week subscription period.

Check lesson availabilities.

How to Cancel the Lesson for the Flexible Class

After booking a lesson, you can cancel it here if needed here
*You need to be a student to access your account page.

*Lesson Booking Cancellation Policy
– Cancellations made more than 24 hours before the scheduled lesson:
Your coupon will be reactivated and can be used to book another lesson.
– Cancellations made within 24 hours before the scheduled lesson:
Your coupon will be forfeited and cannot be used for future bookings.
– Please send your instructor a message on Living Room and let him/her know when you cancel a lesson within 24 hours before the scheduled lesson.

Both the Regular Class and the Flexible Schedule Class offer unique benefits tailored to different needs. The Regular Class provides a structured environment that helps build consistent study habits, ensures faster progress, and improves practical language skills. On the other hand, the Flexible Schedule Class offers convenience and flexibility, allowing you to learn at your own pace, pay only for the lessons you take, and start immediately.

No matter which class you choose, you will receive high-quality instruction and support from our experienced teachers. Our goal is to provide you with the tools and resources you need to succeed in learning Japanese, whether you prefer a regular schedule or require the flexibility to fit learning into a busy life.

 

Join Us Today!

Don’t let a busy schedule or distance stop you from learning Japanese. Choose the class that best fits your needs and start your journey with us. Our flexible and regular classes are designed to accommodate your lifestyle and help you achieve your language learning goals. 

How to Start

Here are the easy steps to get you started with your Pre-intermediate Japanese 3 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 conclude Pre-Intermediate Japanese 3, the final chapter in your pre-intermediate studies, you have now built a robust foundation in the Japanese language.
This course has pushed you to develop greater fluency and accuracy in both spoken and written Japanese, preparing you for the challenging yet exciting advanced levels ahead.

Your ability to understand and use complex grammatical structures and vocabulary has significantly improved, enabling you to engage more deeply with native speakers and authentic texts.

Continue to immerse yourself in Japanese culture and practice regularly. Your dedication has brought you this far; keep striving and thriving in your language learning journey!

Japanese Classes

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Who We Are

Beyond Language Learning

A Close-Knit Multilingual Community
Join us and become part of a vibrant community where Japanese and English learners teach and learn from each other.

Authentic and Immersive Practice
Experience genuine language practice with native Japanese speakers in our Japanese class providing endless opportunities for real-world application.

Supportive and Community-Centered
Embrace a relaxed, community-oriented approach to learning. Together, we support, grow, and share joyful moments, making every step of the journey enjoyable.

Pre-Intermediate Japanese 2 Class

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Japanese Classes

Curriculum

Tuition

FAQs

Japanese Learning Tips

Who We Are

Beyond Language Learning

A Close-Knit Multilingual Community
Join us and become part of a vibrant community where Japanese and English learners teach and learn from each other.

Authentic and Immersive Practice
Experience genuine language practice with native Japanese speakers in our Japanese class providing endless opportunities for real-world application.

Supportive and Community-Centered
Embrace a relaxed, community-oriented approach to learning. Together, we support, grow, and share joyful moments, making every step of the journey enjoyable.

Welcome to Pre-Intermediate Japanese 2, where your journey into the Japanese language continues to unfold!
This course builds on the skills developed in Pre-Intermediate Japanese 1, pushing you further into the grammar and vocabulary that characterize conversational fluency.

You’ll learn to navigate more complex scenarios, from discussing future plans to expressing preferences and opinions.
Our interactive lessons and practical activities are designed to strengthen your speaking, listening, reading, and writing abilities, while also deepening your cultural understanding.

Perfect for those looking to refine their Japanese, this class sets the stage for advanced learning.

After Taking This Course

After taking Pre-Intermediate Japanese 2 class at Blue House Okinawa,
you’ll be able to say Japanese phrases below:

 

*今日、すずきさんとびじゅつかんに行きました。
/ Today, I went to the art museum with Suzuki-san.
*待ち合わせの時間は2時半でした。
/ The meeting time was at 2:30.
*ちょっと道をまちがえました。
/ I got a little lost on the way.
*でも、2時20分ごろびじゅつかんにつきました。
/ But, I arrived at the art museum around 2:20.
*よかった!
/ That was good!
*すずきさんもいました。
/ Suzuki-san was also there.
*すずきさんはいつもはやいなあ。
/ Suzuki-san is always early.
*私たちは4時ごろまでいろいろなえを見ました。
/ We looked at various paintings until about 4 o’clock.
*とてもたのしかったです。
/ It was very enjoyable.

 

*こんばん、いそがしいですか。
/ Are you busy tonight?
*いいえ、ひまです。
/ No, I’m free.
*じゃあ、みんなで、タワーにやけいを見に行きませんか。
/ Then, how about we all go to the tower to see the night view?
*町がよく見えますよ。
/ You can see the town very well from there.
*いいですね。じゃあ、見に行きましょう。
/ Sounds good. Let’s go see it.
*それから、やけいのあとで飲みに行きませんか。
/ After seeing the night view, how about we go for drinks?
*安くて、いい店がありますよ。
/ There’s a cheap and good store.
*おさけですか。私はおいしいものを食べに行きたいです。
/ Alcohol? I want to go eat something delicious.
*おいしいものも、もちろんありますよ。
/ Of course, there will be delicious food too.
*いいですね。じゃあ、おねがいします。
/ Great, then please.

 

*私は大学のとき、ドイツ語を勉強しました。
/ I studied German when I was in university.
*ドイツ語は日本語とちがいます。
/ German is different from Japanese.
*ドイツ語ははつおんがすこしむずかしいです。
/ German pronunciation is a bit difficult.
*でも、ドイツ語は書くのがかんたんです。
/ But, writing in German is easy.

 

*私の町にはロシア人のかんこうきゃくがたくさん来ます。
/ Many Russian tourists come to my town.
*私はロシア語がすこしできますから、ときどきバスの乗りかたをおしえます。
/ Because I can speak a little Russian, I sometimes explain how to take the bus.
*私もいつかロシアに旅行に行きたいです。
/ I also want to travel to Russia someday.

 

*らいしゅうのピクニック、楽しみですね。
/ I’m looking forward to the picnic next week.
*3つれんらくします。
/ I will contact you three times.
*1. 食べ物はすずきさんと私が買っていきます。
/ Suzuki-san and I will buy the food.
*お金は一人 1,000円です。
/ It will be 1,000 yen per person.
*ピクニックのとき、私にください。
/ Please give it to me at the picnic.
*2. ケーキはチョコレートのケーキとバナナのケーキとどちらがいいですか。
/ Which do you prefer for the cake, chocolate or banana?
*へんじをお願いします。
/ Please reply.
*3. 飲み物はじぶんで持っていってください。
/ Please bring your own drinks.
*それから、コップやおさらもじぶんで持っていってください。
/ Also, please bring your own cups and plates.
*よろしくお願いします。じゃあ、またらいしゅう!
/ Thank you very much. See you next week!

 

*そのケーキ、どうですか。
/ How is that cake?
*あまりあまくなくて、とてもおいしいですよ。
/ It’s not too sweet and very delicious.
*中に何がはいっていますか。
/ What’s inside it?
*レモンがちょっとはいっています。
/ There’s a bit of lemon in it.
*そうですか。
/ Is that so?
*もう少しどうですか。
/ How about a little more?
*ありがとうございます。でも、もうおなかがいっぱいで…
/ Thank you, but I’m already full…

What We Will Learn

In Pre-Intermediate Japanese 2, we’ll study:

Lesson 7 – Lesson 12

*Nounでも いいですか
*Noun で、Verb て、
*もう Verb ました
*まだです
*Noun にいきます、Verb にいきます、Noun にきます、Verb にきます
*Noun のまえに
*Noun のあとで
*Noun 1 は Noun 2 が イ Adjective / ナ Adjective です
*Verb て ください ませんか
*Verb かた
*Verb たい です、Verb たくない です
*週に1回、月に1回、年に1回ぐらい
*Verb て みます
*Verb ましょうか
*Verb て いきます、Verb て きます
*なんでも、いつでも、どこでも、いくつでも
*Noun 1 と Noun 2 どちらがいいですか
*Noun 1 が いいです
*イ Adjective そうです、ナ Adjective そうです
*イ Adjective そうな Noun、ナ Adjective そうな Noun
*イ Adjective くて、イ Adjective くなくて、ナ Adjective で、ナ Adjective じゃなくて

Self-Paced Method

Personalized Mastery with Self-Paced Learning

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. You don’t have to wait for other students, enabling you to advance more quickly. This flexibility ensures that your study of Japanese aligns with your personal learning style and daily schedule, making language acquisition a seamless part of your life rather than a disruptive obligation.

 

Accelerate Your Learning Journey

A significant benefit of the self-paced method is the ability to advance quickly through your studies. You can move forward as soon as you’re ready, making your learning experience more efficient and rewarding. Many students find that they can progress faster with a self-paced approach. By focusing on familiar topics briefly and spending more time on challenging areas, you can tailor your study sessions to your strengths and weaknesses, keeping you motivated and engaged.

 

Direct Instructor Support When Needed

While the self-paced method 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 expert guidance ensures 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 the Japanese language is deeply rooted. This flexibility encourages a more reflective and thorough engagement with the language, leading to lasting comprehension and proficiency.

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 Textbook

Our textbook, “Marugoto,” is designed specifically for adult learners of Japanese.
It emphasizes not only the use of Japanese for communication but also the understanding and respect for different cultures.

The textbook prioritizes listening, speaking, and conversational skills, catering to those who wish to quickly acquire basic Japanese proficiency.
It includes various scenarios featuring interactions among people from diverse cultural backgrounds, all conducted in Japanese.

Students like the textbook for its realistic speaking scenarios and the audio resources available through its online platform.
Many appreciate the opportunity to enhance their practice independently through its interactive online components.

Additionally, “Marugoto” offers a glimpse into various facets of Japanese culture via photographs and illustrations, accompanied by numerous natural conversational examples.
The online learning center enables students to study anytime, anywhere, providing more opportunities to practice Japanese, especially during classroom sessions.

How to Study

1. Sign up for Minato

The Japan Foundation’s JF Japanese e-Learning Minato is a platform dedicated to the study of the Japanese language.
“Minato,” translating to “port,” symbolizes a gathering place for learning and connecting with others who share a similar interest.
At Minato, we offer an invitation to deepen your comprehension and insight into Japan, its people, and their language.

At Minato, a diverse array of Japanese courses awaits you online, making it easier than ever to start your journey into the Japanese language from wherever you are, at any time that suits you.
Have you ever felt discouraged from learning because classes were out of reach, or found yourself too busy to travel for lessons?
Or perhaps you’re curious about starting but feeling a bit apprehensive?
Minato is designed for you.
Here, you can personalize your learning experience by selecting the course level, type, study category, and language of instruction that best fits your needs.
Get ready to embark on your learning adventure with us.

Sign up here

After sign up, register for Marugoto A2-1 here

2. Study Marugoto A2-1 on Minato

This course is designed to offer a thorough understanding of both the Japanese language and culture.
Within the Katsudoo section, participants are afforded the opportunity to develop practical communication skills applicable to daily scenarios.
This is achieved through extensive exposure to Japanese, enhancing your ability to speak by actively listening.
Conversely, the Rikai section is structured to provide a systematic approach to learning how Japanese functions in communicative contexts.

The ultimate goal is to cultivate a comprehensive proficiency in Japanese, encompassing reading, listening, writing, and speaking abilities.

3. Flashcards and Practice on Blue House Okinawa App/Website

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.

Example Flashcards: 

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.

Quizlet Spell

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. Writing Practice on Workbook

After you’ve hit 80% or more on lesson quizzes, why not practice writing on workbook?

Practicing Japanese writing significantly enhances learning by improving memorization of kanji characters and their numerous compounds.
It facilitates a deeper understanding of sentence structure, grammar, and vocabulary, making the language more accessible.

Writing practice aids in mastering the nuances of kanji, hiragana, and katakana, crucial for reading and comprehension.
Additionally, it boosts confidence in using Japanese in real-world contexts, from casual conversations to formal writing.

Engaging with the writing system actively rather than passively listening or reading encourages active recall, reinforcing learning and retention.

Overall, writing practice is an indispensable tool in achieving fluency in Japanese.

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.

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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!

Blue House Okinawa Japanese /English School Language Exchange 5

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 in 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.

Blue House Okinawa Japanese /English School - Language Exchange in 6

Japanese Classes

Curriculum

Tuition

FAQs

Japanese Learning Tips

Regular Class

At Blue House Okinawa, we provide two tailored payment options to suit various needs and learning styles across different class settings. Whether you prefer an intensive learning environment or require flexibility to accommodate a busy schedule, we have the ideal class for you. Below, we outline the key differences between our Regular Class and Flexible Schedule Class.

Intensive Learning with a Fixed Schedule

Our Regular Class is perfect for those committed to mastering Japanese. Attend classes weekly on the same days and times, ensuring a consistent and reliable routine. Benefit from regular, focused practice, immediate feedback from experienced instructors, and interaction with dedicated peers. This structured approach helps you stay disciplined, making steady progress towards fluency.

 

Why Choose Our Regular Class?

 

1. Easy to Build Study Habits
With a fixed schedule, it’s easier to build and maintain your study habits. Attending classes on the same days and at the same times each week helps integrate learning into your routine, making it a regular part of your life.

 

2. Accelerate Your Progress
Join our Regular class and attend lessons weekly to fast-track your language learning journey. Regular attendance not only enhances your understanding of the Japanese language but also speeds up your progress, helping you achieve your goals faster and more effectively.

 

3. Improve Listening and Speaking Skills Faster
Frequent classes enhance your Japanese listening and speaking skills more quickly too. Engaging in regular conversations with native Japanese speakers and receiving direct feedback from instructors improve your practical communication abilities.

 

4. Cost-Effective
The Self-Paced Regular Class is more cost-effective compared to taking eight/four Flexible Schedule lessons. This makes it an economical choice for those looking to maximize their learning within a budget.

 

5. Switch to Flex Class Anytime!
When you sign up for a Regular Class, you have the freedom to switch to a Flex Class anytime in the future. Changing your class is easy and can be done online with just a few clicks. Enjoy the flexibility to choose the learning style that best suits your needs!

Regular Class Tuition

Registration Fee  11,000 yen

Class Materials
 Pre-Intermediate Japanese 2: 6,600 yen

*The registration fee and the class materials are required for a new student and each student.

 

Tuition
Early Bird Discount
  The payment for the upcoming term or month by the 20th of the preceding month are eligible for a 20% early bird discount. 
2 Payment Methods
  There are two payment methods available.
  By Term: Covering a 2-month period.
  By Month: Covering a 1-month period.
Tuition Subscription Renewal Date
The subscription renews on the 20th of the preceding month. You can cancel the subscription at any time as needed.

 

Self-Paced Regular Class Tuition
– Self-Paced Class is for Beginners Japanese 1 – 4, Pre-Intermediate Japanese 1 – 3 and JPLT Prep.
– This class meets twice a week.

  • By Term with Early Bird Discount ¥ 55,440

    The payment for the upcoming term by the 20th of the preceding month.

  • By Term with Regular Price ¥ 66,530

    The payment for the upcoming term after the 20th of the preceding month.

  • By Month with Early Bird Discount ¥ 27,720

    The payment for the upcoming month by the 20th of the preceding month.

  • By Month with Regular Price ¥ 33,270

    The payment for the upcoming month after the 20th of the preceding month.

*Register at least 1 day prior to the 1st day of class. If a class is already in session, please wait until the next term starts to register.

2024 Schedule
Jan-Feb Term   *8 Jan – 29 Feb
Mar-Apr Term  *4 Mar – 25 Apr
May-Jun Term  *6 May – 27 Jun
Jul-Aug Term    *1 Jul – 22 Aug
Sep-Oct Term    *2 Sep – 24 Oct
Nov-Dec Term   *28 Oct – 19 Dec

*Tuition fees cover one term regardless of your attendance.

*Class Cancellation Policy
90% refund for cancellation greater than 7 days prior to the 1st day of class
50% refund for cancellation 1-7 days prior to 1st day of class
NO refunds for cancellation after the 1st day of class

Register today to save your spot!

Flexible Schedule Class

Discover the Ultimate Flexible Schedule Class

In today’s fast-paced world, balancing work, studies, and family commitments can be challenging. Our Flexible Schedule Class is designed for busy individuals, those traveling from afar, and anyone who prefers online learning. This hybrid class offers the best of both worlds, allowing you to tailor your education to fit your lifestyle seamlessly. You can purchase coupons and book your lessons at your convenience, making it perfect for those with busy schedules.

 

Why Choose Our Flexible Schedule Class?

 

1. Start Now!
You don’t have to wait for a new term to start. You can start online program now and come to class whenever you get a chance! This allows you to start learning without delay and fit your education into your life seamlessly.

 

2. Make Your Own Schedule
The ability to make your own schedule is a significant advantage. You can book lessons at times that fit your personal and professional commitments, providing you with the flexibility to learn when it’s most convenient for you.

 

3. Easy to Continue
With the flexibility to create your own schedule, it’s easier to continue your learning journey without interruptions. You can adapt your study times to fit your changing schedule, ensuring that you keep making progress.

 

4. Pay for What You Use
You only pay for the lessons you take, which means you don’t have to worry about wasting money on classes you can’t attend. This pay-as-you-go model is particularly beneficial for those with unpredictable schedules.

 

5. Switch to Regular Class Anytime!
When you sign up for a Flex  Class, you have the freedom to switch to a Regular Class anytime in the future. Changing your class is easy and can be done online with just a few clicks. Enjoy the flexibility to choose the learning style that best suits your needs!

Flexible Schedule Class Tuition

Registration Fee  11,000 yen

Class Materials
 Pre-Intermediate Japanese 2: 6,600 yen

*The registration fee and the class materials are required for a new student and each student.

 

Self-Paced Flexible Schedule Class Tuition
– Self-Paced Class is for Beginners Japanese 1 – 4, Pre-Intermediate Japanese 1 – 3 and JPLT Prep.
– You can purchase coupons and book your lessons at your convenience.Choose from the following options:
  Flex 8: 8 lessons per month
  Flex 6: 6 lessons per month
  Flex 4: 4 lessons per month
  Flex 2: 2 lessons per month
Tuition Subscription Renewal Date
The subscription renewals monthly on the date you signed up. You can cancel the subscription at any time as needed.

  • Flex 8 ¥ 33,440

    4,180 Yen/Lesson - 8 lessons a month.

  • Flex 6 ¥ 26,400

    4,400 Yen/Lesson - 6 lessons a month.

  • Flex 4 ¥ 18,480

    4,620 Yen/Lesson - 4 lessons a month.

  • Flex 2 ¥ 11,000

    5,500 Yen/Lesson - 2 lessons a month.

*Subscription Cancellation Policy
-100% refund for cancellations made more than 1 day prior to your subscription renewal date.
-No refunds for cancellations made after your subscription renewal date.

 

*Lesson Booking & Cancellation Policy
You can book a lesson from 1 hour to 3 weeks before the lesson in advance.
Your coupon will be available for use from the day your subscription renews for up to 3 weeks.
Please note that the coupon cannot be carried over to the next 4-week subscription period.

Cancellations made more than 24 hours before the scheduled lesson:
Your coupon will be reactivated and can be used to book another lesson.
Cancellations made within 24 hours before the scheduled lesson:
Your coupon will be forfeited and cannot be used for future bookings.

Please send your instructor a message on Living Room and let him/her know when you cancel a lesson within 24 hours before the scheduled lesson.

Register today to save your spot!

*Display price is a price for per lesson.

How to Book a Lesson for the Flexible Class

Once you sign up for the Flex class, you can start booking your lessons as below.
Your coupon will be applied on the checkout page.

Lesson Booking Policy
– You can book a lesson from 1 hour to 3 weeks before the lesson in advance.
– Your coupon will be available for use from the day your subscription renews for up to 3 weeks.
– Please note that the coupon cannot be carried over to the next 4-week subscription period.

Check lesson availabilities.

How to Cancel the Lesson for the Flexible Class

After booking a lesson, you can cancel it here if needed here
*You need to be a student to access your account page.

*Lesson Booking Cancellation Policy
– Cancellations made more than 24 hours before the scheduled lesson:
Your coupon will be reactivated and can be used to book another lesson.
– Cancellations made within 24 hours before the scheduled lesson:
Your coupon will be forfeited and cannot be used for future bookings.
– Please send your instructor a message on Living Room and let him/her know when you cancel a lesson within 24 hours before the scheduled lesson.

Both the Regular Class and the Flexible Schedule Class offer unique benefits tailored to different needs. The Regular Class provides a structured environment that helps build consistent study habits, ensures faster progress, and improves practical language skills. On the other hand, the Flexible Schedule Class offers convenience and flexibility, allowing you to learn at your own pace, pay only for the lessons you take, and start immediately.

No matter which class you choose, you will receive high-quality instruction and support from our experienced teachers. Our goal is to provide you with the tools and resources you need to succeed in learning Japanese, whether you prefer a regular schedule or require the flexibility to fit learning into a busy life.

 

Join Us Today!

Don’t let a busy schedule or distance stop you from learning Japanese. Choose the class that best fits your needs and start your journey with us. Our flexible and regular classes are designed to accommodate your lifestyle and help you achieve your language learning goals. 

How to Start

Here are the easy steps to get you started with your Pre-Intermediate Japanese 2 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 draw our Pre-Intermediate Japanese 2 class to a close, you’ve made substantial progress in mastering more nuanced aspects of the Japanese language.
Your ability to discuss a wider range of topics with greater complexity reflects your growing proficiency.

This course has equipped you with advanced grammar and vocabulary, paving the way for engaging in more sophisticated conversations and understanding deeper cultural contexts.
Continue to practice and expose yourself to the language as much as possible to retain and further develop your skills.

Your dedication is the key to your success—keep moving forward with enthusiasm and confidence!

Japanese Classes

Curriculum

Tuition

FAQs

Japanese Learning Tips

Who We Are

Beyond Language Learning

A Close-Knit Multilingual Community
Join us and become part of a vibrant community where Japanese and English learners teach and learn from each other.

Authentic and Immersive Practice
Experience genuine language practice with native Japanese speakers in our Japanese class providing endless opportunities for real-world application.

Supportive and Community-Centered
Embrace a relaxed, community-oriented approach to learning. Together, we support, grow, and share joyful moments, making every step of the journey enjoyable.

Pre-Intermediate Japanese 1 Class

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Japanese Classes

Curriculum

Tuition

FAQs

Japanese Learning Tips

Who We Are

Beyond Language Learning

A Close-Knit Multilingual Community
Join us and become part of a vibrant community where Japanese and English learners teach and learn from each other.

Authentic and Immersive Practice
Experience genuine language practice with native Japanese speakers in our Japanese class providing endless opportunities for real-world application.

Supportive and Community-Centered
Embrace a relaxed, community-oriented approach to learning. Together, we support, grow, and share joyful moments, making every step of the journey enjoyable.

Dive deeper into the Japanese language with our Pre-Intermediate Japanese 1 class!
Tailored for those who have mastered the basics, this course focuses on enhancing your conversational skills and understanding of Japanese grammar.
You’ll expand your vocabulary and start to tackle more complex sentences, enabling you to express a broader range of ideas and emotions.

Practical exercises and cultural lessons will enrich your learning experience, connecting language skills with real-world usage.
Whether you’re studying for personal satisfaction or professional reasons, this class is your next step towards fluency in Japanese.

After Taking This Course

After taking Pre-Intermediate Japanese 1 class at Blue House Okinawa,
you’ll be able to say Japanese phrases below:

 

*私は、ジョイです。
/ I am Joy.
*東京の品川にすんでいます。
/ I live in Shinagawa, Tokyo.
*かぞくは二人です。おっとと私です。
/ There are two people in my family: my husband and me.
*おっとのしごとはコンサルタントです。コンピューターのかいしゃではたらいています。
/ My husband’s job is a consultant. He works at a computer company.
*私はしごとはしていません。がっこうで日本語をべんきょうしています。
/ I am not working. I am studying Japanese at school.

 

*しゅみは えです。
/ My hobby is painting.
*ひまなとき、こうえんで えをかきます。
/ In my free time, I paint in the park.
*はなのえを よくかきます。
/ I often paint pictures of flowers.
*人は あまり かきません。
/ I don’t paint people very much.

 

*日本にはきせつが4つあります。
/ Japan has four seasons.
*春、夏、秋、冬です。
/ They are spring, summer, autumn, and winter.
*私はあたたかいのが好きですから、春が好きです。
/ I like warm weather, so I like spring.
*春は3月から5月ごろです。
/ Spring is from March to around May.
*私は春によくりょこうします。
/ I often travel in spring.

 

*今、雪がふっています。
/ It’s snowing now.
*子どもたちが雪だるまをつくっています。
/ The children are making a snowman.
*雪が1メートルつもっています。
/ The snow has piled up to one meter.
*花はぜんぜんさいていません。
/ The flowers are not blooming at all.

 

*このあたりはレストランや店が多いです。
/ There are many restaurants and shops around here.
*デパートもあります。
/ There is also a department store.
*買い物やしょくじにべんりです。
/ It’s convenient for shopping and dining.
*とてもにぎやかでたのしいです。
/ It’s very lively and fun.

 

*あした、町に行きますか。
/ Will you go to town tomorrow?
*えきのちかくに すてきなくつの店がありますよ。
/ Near the station, there is a nice shoe store.
*えきの北口をでて、まっすぐ行ってください。
/ Exit the north gate of the station and go straight.
*こうさてんをわたって、すぐ右にまがってください。
/ Cross the intersection and turn right immediately.
*えきからあるいて、10分くらいです。
/ It’s about a 10-minute walk from the station.
*店のなまえは「アネモネ」です。
/ The name of the store is “Anemone.”
*小さくてかわいい店です。
/ It’s a small and cute store.
*私のあねの店で、私もまいにちアルバイトをしています。
/ It’s my sister’s store, and I also work there part-time every day.
*よかったら、来てください。
/ If you’d like, please come by.

What We Will Learn

In Pre-Intermediate Japanese 1, we’ll study:

Lesson 1 – Lesson 6

*Verb て います。
*Particle に for Place, で for means/method
*Verb る こと
*Noun の とき、 イ Adjective とき、ナ Adjective な とき
*Noun に なります、 イ Adjective く なります、ナ Adjective に なります
*イ Adjective い のが すきです、ナ Adjective なのが すきです
*イ Adjective い のは すきじゃです、ナ Adjective なのは すきじゃないです
*Sentence 1 から、Sentence 2
*Noun / イ Adjective / ナ Adjective です、でした
*Verb ます、ました
*Noun で、 イ Adjective くて、ナ Adjective で
*Noun だけど、 イ Adjective いけど、ナ Adjective だけど
*Noun 1 や Noun 2 (など)
*Verb て ください。
*Verb 1 て、Verb 2
*Noun 1 じゃなくて、Noun 2

Self-Paced Method

Personalized Mastery with Self-Paced Learning

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. You don’t have to wait for other students, enabling you to advance more quickly. This flexibility ensures that your study of Japanese aligns with your personal learning style and daily schedule, making language acquisition a seamless part of your life rather than a disruptive obligation.

 

Accelerate Your Learning Journey

A significant benefit of the self-paced method is the ability to advance quickly through your studies. You can move forward as soon as you’re ready, making your learning experience more efficient and rewarding. Many students find that they can progress faster with a self-paced approach. By focusing on familiar topics briefly and spending more time on challenging areas, you can tailor your study sessions to your strengths and weaknesses, keeping you motivated and engaged.

 

Direct Instructor Support When Needed

While the self-paced method 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 expert guidance ensures 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 the Japanese language is deeply rooted. This flexibility encourages a more reflective and thorough engagement with the language, leading to lasting comprehension and proficiency.

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 Textbook

Our textbook, “Marugoto,” is designed specifically for adult learners of Japanese.
It emphasizes not only the use of Japanese for communication but also the understanding and respect for different cultures.

The textbook prioritizes listening, speaking, and conversational skills, catering to those who wish to quickly acquire basic Japanese proficiency.
It includes various scenarios featuring interactions among people from diverse cultural backgrounds, all conducted in Japanese.

Students like the textbook for its realistic speaking scenarios and the audio resources available through its online platform.
Many appreciate the opportunity to enhance their practice independently through its interactive online components.

Additionally, “Marugoto” offers a glimpse into various facets of Japanese culture via photographs and illustrations, accompanied by numerous natural conversational examples.
The online learning center enables students to study anytime, anywhere, providing more opportunities to practice Japanese, especially during classroom sessions.

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How to Study

1. Sign up for Minato

The Japan Foundation’s JF Japanese e-Learning Minato is a platform dedicated to the study of the Japanese language.
“Minato,” translating to “port,” symbolizes a gathering place for learning and connecting with others who share a similar interest.
At Minato, we offer an invitation to deepen your comprehension and insight into Japan, its people, and their language.

At Minato, a diverse array of Japanese courses awaits you online, making it easier than ever to start your journey into the Japanese language from wherever you are, at any time that suits you.
Have you ever felt discouraged from learning because classes were out of reach, or found yourself too busy to travel for lessons?
Or perhaps you’re curious about starting but feeling a bit apprehensive?
Minato is designed for you.
Here, you can personalize your learning experience by selecting the course level, type, study category, and language of instruction that best fits your needs.
Get ready to embark on your learning adventure with us.

Sign up here

After sign up, register for Marugoto A2-1 here

2. Study Marugoto A2-1 on Minato

This course is designed to offer a thorough understanding of both the Japanese language and culture.
Within the Katsudoo section, participants are afforded the opportunity to develop practical communication skills applicable to daily scenarios.
This is achieved through extensive exposure to Japanese, enhancing your ability to speak by actively listening.
Conversely, the Rikai section is structured to provide a systematic approach to learning how Japanese functions in communicative contexts.

The ultimate goal is to cultivate a comprehensive proficiency in Japanese, encompassing reading, listening, writing, and speaking abilities.

3. Flashcards and Practice on Blue House Okinawa App/Website

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.

Example Flashcards: 

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.

Quizlet Spell

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. Writing Practice on Workbook

After you’ve hit 80% or more on lesson quizzes, why not practice writing on workbook?

Practicing Japanese writing significantly enhances learning by improving memorization of kanji characters and their numerous compounds.
It facilitates a deeper understanding of sentence structure, grammar, and vocabulary, making the language more accessible.

Writing practice aids in mastering the nuances of kanji, hiragana, and katakana, crucial for reading and comprehension.
Additionally, it boosts confidence in using Japanese in real-world contexts, from casual conversations to formal writing.

Engaging with the writing system actively rather than passively listening or reading encourages active recall, reinforcing learning and retention.

Overall, writing practice is an indispensable tool in achieving fluency in Japanese.

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.

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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.

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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.

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Regular Class

At Blue House Okinawa, we provide two tailored payment options to suit various needs and learning styles across different class settings. Whether you prefer an intensive learning environment or require flexibility to accommodate a busy schedule, we have the ideal class for you. Below, we outline the key differences between our Regular Class and Flexible Schedule Class.

Intensive Learning with a Fixed Schedule

Our Regular Class is perfect for those committed to mastering Japanese. Attend classes weekly on the same days and times, ensuring a consistent and reliable routine. Benefit from regular, focused practice, immediate feedback from experienced instructors, and interaction with dedicated peers. This structured approach helps you stay disciplined, making steady progress towards fluency.

 

Why Choose Our Regular Class?

 

1. Easy to Build Study Habits
With a fixed schedule, it’s easier to build and maintain your study habits. Attending classes on the same days and at the same times each week helps integrate learning into your routine, making it a regular part of your life.

 

2. Accelerate Your Progress
Join our Regular class and attend lessons weekly to fast-track your language learning journey. Regular attendance not only enhances your understanding of the Japanese language but also speeds up your progress, helping you achieve your goals faster and more effectively.

 

3. Improve Listening and Speaking Skills Faster
Frequent classes enhance your Japanese listening and speaking skills more quickly too. Engaging in regular conversations with native Japanese speakers and receiving direct feedback from instructors improve your practical communication abilities.

 

4. Cost-Effective
The Self-Paced Regular Class is more cost-effective compared to taking eight/four Flexible Schedule lessons. This makes it an economical choice for those looking to maximize their learning within a budget.

 

5. Switch to Flex Class Anytime!
When you sign up for a Regular Class, you have the freedom to switch to a Flex Class anytime in the future. Changing your class is easy and can be done online with just a few clicks. Enjoy the flexibility to choose the learning style that best suits your needs!

Regular Class Tuition

Registration Fee  11,000 yen

Class Materials
 Pre-Intermediate Japanese 1: 6,600 yen

*The registration fee and the class materials are required for a new student and each student.

 

Tuition
Early Bird Discount
  The payment for the upcoming term or month by the 20th of the preceding month are eligible for a 20% early bird discount. 
2 Payment Methods
  There are two payment methods available.
  By Term: Covering a 2-month period.
  By Month: Covering a 1-month period.
Tuition Subscription Renewal Date
The subscription renews on the 20th of the preceding month. You can cancel the subscription at any time as needed.

 

Self-Paced Regular Class Tuition
– Self-Paced Class is for Beginners Japanese 1 – 4, Pre-Intermediate Japanese 1 – 3 and JPLT Prep.
– This class meets twice a week.

  • By Term with Early Bird Discount ¥ 55,440

    The payment for the upcoming term by the 20th of the preceding month.

  • By Term with Regular Price ¥ 66,530

    The payment for the upcoming term after the 20th of the preceding month.

  • By Month with Early Bird Discount ¥ 27,720

    The payment for the upcoming month by the 20th of the preceding month.

  • By Month with Regular Price ¥ 33,270

    The payment for the upcoming month after the 20th of the preceding month.

*Register at least 1 day prior to the 1st day of class. If a class is already in session, please wait until the next term starts to register.

2024 Schedule
Jan-Feb Term   *8 Jan – 29 Feb
Mar-Apr Term  *4 Mar – 25 Apr
May-Jun Term  *6 May – 27 Jun
Jul-Aug Term    *1 Jul – 22 Aug
Sep-Oct Term    *2 Sep – 24 Oct
Nov-Dec Term   *28 Oct – 19 Dec

*Tuition fees cover one term regardless of your attendance.

*Class Cancellation Policy
90% refund for cancellation greater than 7 days prior to the 1st day of class
50% refund for cancellation 1-7 days prior to 1st day of class
NO refunds for cancellation after the 1st day of class

Register today to save your spot!

Flexible Schedule Class

Discover the Ultimate Flexible Schedule Class

In today’s fast-paced world, balancing work, studies, and family commitments can be challenging. Our Flexible Schedule Class is designed for busy individuals, those traveling from afar, and anyone who prefers online learning. This hybrid class offers the best of both worlds, allowing you to tailor your education to fit your lifestyle seamlessly. You can purchase coupons and book your lessons at your convenience, making it perfect for those with busy schedules.

 

Why Choose Our Flexible Schedule Class?

 

1. Start Now!
You don’t have to wait for a new term to start. You can start online program now and come to class whenever you get a chance! This allows you to start learning without delay and fit your education into your life seamlessly.

 

2. Make Your Own Schedule
The ability to make your own schedule is a significant advantage. You can book lessons at times that fit your personal and professional commitments, providing you with the flexibility to learn when it’s most convenient for you.

 

3. Easy to Continue
With the flexibility to create your own schedule, it’s easier to continue your learning journey without interruptions. You can adapt your study times to fit your changing schedule, ensuring that you keep making progress.

 

4. Pay for What You Use
You only pay for the lessons you take, which means you don’t have to worry about wasting money on classes you can’t attend. This pay-as-you-go model is particularly beneficial for those with unpredictable schedules.

 

5. Switch to Regular Class Anytime!
When you sign up for a Flex  Class, you have the freedom to switch to a Regular Class anytime in the future. Changing your class is easy and can be done online with just a few clicks. Enjoy the flexibility to choose the learning style that best suits your needs!

Flexible Schedule Class Tuition

Registration Fee  11,000 yen

Class Materials
 Pre-Intermediate Japanese 1: 6,600 yen

*The registration fee and the class materials are required for a new student and each student.

 

Self-Paced Flexible Schedule Class Tuition
– Self-Paced Class is for Beginners Japanese 1 – 4, Pre-Intermediate Japanese 1 – 3 and JPLT Prep.
– You can purchase coupons and book your lessons at your convenience.Choose from the following options:
  Flex 8: 8 lessons per month
  Flex 6: 6 lessons per month
  Flex 4: 4 lessons per month
  Flex 2: 2 lessons per month
Tuition Subscription Renewal Date
The subscription renewals monthly on the date you signed up. You can cancel the subscription at any time as needed.

  • Flex 8 ¥ 33,440

    4,180 Yen/Lesson - 8 lessons a month.

  • Flex 6 ¥ 26,400

    4,400 Yen/Lesson - 6 lessons a month.

  • Flex 4 ¥ 18,480

    4,620 Yen/Lesson - 4 lessons a month.

  • Flex 2 ¥ 11,000

    5,500 Yen/Lesson - 2 lessons a month.

*Subscription Cancellation Policy
-100% refund for cancellations made more than 1 day prior to your subscription renewal date.
-No refunds for cancellations made after your subscription renewal date.

 

*Lesson Booking & Cancellation Policy
You can book a lesson from 1 hour to 3 weeks before the lesson in advance.
Your coupon will be available for use from the day your subscription renews for up to 3 weeks.
Please note that the coupon cannot be carried over to the next 4-week subscription period.

Cancellations made more than 24 hours before the scheduled lesson:
Your coupon will be reactivated and can be used to book another lesson.
Cancellations made within 24 hours before the scheduled lesson:
Your coupon will be forfeited and cannot be used for future bookings.

Please send your instructor a message on Living Room and let him/her know when you cancel a lesson within 24 hours before the scheduled lesson.

Register today to save your spot!

*Display price is a price for per lesson.

How to Book a Lesson for the Flexible Class

Once you sign up for the Flex class, you can start booking your lessons as below.
Your coupon will be applied on the checkout page.

Lesson Booking Policy
– You can book a lesson from 1 hour to 3 weeks before the lesson in advance.
– Your coupon will be available for use from the day your subscription renews for up to 3 weeks.
– Please note that the coupon cannot be carried over to the next 4-week subscription period.

Check lesson availabilities.

How to Cancel the Lesson for the Flexible Class

After booking a lesson, you can cancel it here if needed here
*You need to be a student to access your account page.

*Lesson Booking Cancellation Policy
– Cancellations made more than 24 hours before the scheduled lesson:
Your coupon will be reactivated and can be used to book another lesson.
– Cancellations made within 24 hours before the scheduled lesson:
Your coupon will be forfeited and cannot be used for future bookings.
– Please send your instructor a message on Living Room and let him/her know when you cancel a lesson within 24 hours before the scheduled lesson.

Both the Regular Class and the Flexible Schedule Class offer unique benefits tailored to different needs. The Regular Class provides a structured environment that helps build consistent study habits, ensures faster progress, and improves practical language skills. On the other hand, the Flexible Schedule Class offers convenience and flexibility, allowing you to learn at your own pace, pay only for the lessons you take, and start immediately.

No matter which class you choose, you will receive high-quality instruction and support from our experienced teachers. Our goal is to provide you with the tools and resources you need to succeed in learning Japanese, whether you prefer a regular schedule or require the flexibility to fit learning into a busy life.

 

Join Us Today!

Don’t let a busy schedule or distance stop you from learning Japanese. Choose the class that best fits your needs and start your journey with us. Our flexible and regular classes are designed to accommodate your lifestyle and help you achieve your language learning goals. 

How to Start

Here are the easy steps to get you started with your Pre-Intermediate Japanese 1 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 conclude our Pre-Intermediate Japanese 1 course, you have significantly advanced your grasp of the Japanese language.
With enhanced vocabulary and improved grammatical understanding, you are now better equipped to handle more detailed conversations and express complex ideas.

This course has aimed to bridge the gap between basic knowledge and more advanced language use, preparing you for the next stages of learning.
Continue to immerse yourself in Japanese through reading, speaking, and cultural engagement.

Your journey is just getting more exciting—keep up the great work and embrace the challenges ahead!

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Who We Are

Beyond Language Learning

A Close-Knit Multilingual Community
Join us and become part of a vibrant community where Japanese and English learners teach and learn from each other.

Authentic and Immersive Practice
Experience genuine language practice with native Japanese speakers in our Japanese class providing endless opportunities for real-world application.

Supportive and Community-Centered
Embrace a relaxed, community-oriented approach to learning. Together, we support, grow, and share joyful moments, making every step of the journey enjoyable.

Beginners Japanese 2 Class

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Japanese Classes

Curriculum

Tuition

FAQs

Japanese Learning Tips

Who We Are

Beyond Language Learning

A Close-Knit Multilingual Community
Join us and become part of a vibrant community where Japanese and English learners teach and learn from each other.

Authentic and Immersive Practice
Experience genuine language practice with native Japanese speakers in our Japanese class providing endless opportunities for real-world application.

Supportive and Community-Centered
Embrace a relaxed, community-oriented approach to learning. Together, we support, grow, and share joyful moments, making every step of the journey enjoyable.

Embark on an exciting journey into the Japanese language with our Beginners Japanese 2 class!

Designed specifically for novices, this course offers a friendly introduction to the fundamentals of Japanese, including basic grammar, essential vocabulary, and common phrases.
With interactive lessons and practical exercises, you’ll start speaking Japanese from day one.

Whether you’re planning a trip to Japan or simply want to expand your linguistic skills, our course is the perfect first step towards mastering this fascinating language.
Join us and unlock the door to new experiences with the beauty of Japanese!

After Taking This Course

After taking Beginners Japanese 2 class at Blue House Okinawa,
you’ll be able to say Japanese phrases below:

 

*Excuse me, how much is the soba? / Sumimasen, soba wa ikura desuka.
*A large pizza, please. / L saizu piza o onegai shimasu.
*Takeout, please. / Mochikaeri de onegai shimasu.

*What restaurant do you like? / Resutoran wa doko ga suki desuka.
*I want a new computer. But I don’t want an old one. / Atarashii konpyu-ta- ga hoshii desu. Demo furui nowa hoshi kunai desu.

*When is your birthday? / Tanjoubi wa itsu desuka.
*My birthday is October 29th. / Tanjoubi wa juu gatsu ni juu ku nichi desu.

*What would you like? / Nani ga ii desuka.
*I’d like a cup of tea. / Ocha ga ii desu.
*How about food? / Tabemono wa?
*No, thank you. / Kekko desu.

*Two bottles of beer, please. / Bin bi-ru o ni hon onegai shimasu.
*Four apples, please. / Ringo o yottsu kudasai.

*Did you go to Tokyo last week? / Senshuu Tokyo ni iki mashitaka.
*No, I didn’t. I went to Kyoto last week. / Iie, iki masen deshita. Senshuu Kyoto ni iki mashita.

*What time is it? / Nanji desuka.
*It’s 7:10 pm. / Gogo shichi ji juppun desu.

*My work is from 8 to 5. / Watashi no shigoto wa hachi ji kara go ji made desu.

What We Will Learn

In Beginners Japanese 2, we’ll study:

Lesson 12 – Lesson 18

*The Rules for Using wa/は and ga/が
*Vocabulary – Animals
*Making Sentences in the Past Tense
*Vocabulary – Foods
*Vocabulary – Water Animals
*Desserts and Drinks
*Expressing the Year
*Saying Complete Dates Including the Year
*Sentence Ending Particle よ、ね
*Vocabulary – Nature
*Vocabulary – More Foods
*The Difference Between kudasai/ください and onegai shimasu/おねがいします
*The Particle も/mo
*Sizes in Japanese
*Surviving Fast-Food Orders
*Japanese Phrases at a Restaurants
*When to Use kekkou/けっこう instead of daijoubu/だいじょうぶ
*Vocabulary – Directions
*Vocabulary – Around the House
*The Counter for General/Abstract Objects
*The Counter for Small/Round/General Objects
*The Counter for Long/Cylindrical Objects
*The Counter for Thin and Flat Objects
*Vocabulary – Around School
*Vocabulary – Places
*Vocabulary – Insects
*Polite versus Informal Speaking
*Conjugation Verbs into the Polite Form
*The Direction Marker e/へ
*The Timer Marker ni/に
*Sentence Structure Using Verbs
*Telling Time – Hours, Minutes, AM PM
*Using The Particle kara/から
*Using The Particle made/まで

Self-Paced Method

Personalized Mastery with Self-Paced Learning

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. You don’t have to wait for other students, enabling you to advance more quickly. This flexibility ensures that your study of Japanese aligns with your personal learning style and daily schedule, making language acquisition a seamless part of your life rather than a disruptive obligation.

 

Accelerate Your Learning Journey

A significant benefit of the self-paced method is the ability to advance quickly through your studies. You can move forward as soon as you’re ready, making your learning experience more efficient and rewarding. Many students find that they can progress faster with a self-paced approach. By focusing on familiar topics briefly and spending more time on challenging areas, you can tailor your study sessions to your strengths and weaknesses, keeping you motivated and engaged.

 

Direct Instructor Support When Needed

While the self-paced method 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 expert guidance ensures 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 the Japanese language is deeply rooted. This flexibility encourages a more reflective and thorough engagement with the language, leading to lasting comprehension and proficiency.

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.

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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.

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How to Study

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 and Practice on Blue House Okinawa App/Website

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.

Example Flashcards: 

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. 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!

 

5. 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.

6. 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.

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7. 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!

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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 3

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.