Japanese Conversation Club

Do you ever wonder how to ACTUALLY PRACTICE SPEAKING JAPANESE (without feeling like you’re going to die of embarrassment)?

Would you like a painless way to STOP PROCRASTINATING and START COMMUNICATING in Japanese?

Join the Way to Japan Conversation Club! It’s ONLINE, FUN & FREE.

Click the button below to register 👇 for our newsletter, then check your inbox for the booking link + your PDF ‘cheat sheet’ (with examples & scripts).


‘It forced me to speak in Japanese, which is something I have trouble with anyway. It was also nice meeting some other people learning the language. I also really liked the helper sheet you sent through beforehand.’ Adam, April 2020

Get better at speaking Japanese by, errr… speaking Japanese.

I know, I know. It sounds ridiculously obvious. BUT it can be very difficult to even find the chance to speak out loud to another human being.

That’s why I’m THRILLED to invite you to join our community of people just like you & I. That is, Japan enthusiasts who love all things Japan (as well as native Japanese speakers).

I firmly believe that ‘the Way to Japan’ is through taking small steps in your daily life to embed & enjoy the language & culture.

Make speaking Japanese as easy as 1, 2, 3!

  1. Prepare your jikoshokai (self-introduction) in Japanese. Don’t worry, I’ll send you an example & script.
  2. Pick 1 Japan-related thing (a book you recommend, a special pen, your fave teacup, an essential ingredient, anything…) & plan to tell us about it in Japanese & English just 3-5 sentences. Again, I’ll send you an example & script.
  3. Join for the club to SHOW & TELL in small groups of native & non-native Japanese speakers. Can’t wait to get to know you!

the Way to Japan Conversation Club FAQs

WHEN: Every 1st & 3rd Thursday of the month, 6.30 – 7.30pm


WHO: Any level of Japanese speakers – you need to be able to speak a little, or a lot.

WHAT: Small talk is such an important skill, but it can be hard to know what to talk about.

HOW: Talking about a Japan-related object via a grown-up version of ‘Show & Tell’ avoids those bum-clenching silences you’d need a samurai sword to cut through!

WHY: When I ask most people who are learning Japanese to rate their confidence in speaking Japanese, they usually sit somewhere between “Best Not Talk About It” and “Serious Cringe.”

Barely anyone I speak to feels confident that they’ve got it sussed EVEN if they been studying for years!

If you’re learning Japanese through textbooks, Duolingo and flashcards, but never ACTUALLY SPEAKING Japanese to other real human beings, you’re absolutely not alone!

But here’s the thing…it doesn’t have to be that way.

I know this, because I’m a Japanese learner who wants to get better at speaking Japanese too!

Click the button below to register 👇 for our newsletter, then check your inbox for the Way to Japan Conversation Club booking link + your PDF ‘cheat sheet’ (with examples & scripts).


‘It was great there was a bit of content to speak about. I thought that was a good way to do it as it’s not so cold as speaking amongst us which was a bit more difficult for me as I am too shy LOL. ARIGATO GOSAIMASHITA!’ Narcis, April 2020

Yamato Taiko - Excited!Konnichiwa! I’m Vanessa and I host the Way to Japan Conversation Club.

I love learning Japanese, but I’ve always struggled to speak the language without feeling like I’m going to actually die of embarrassment.

But I had a lightbulb moment when I remembered how much I used to love ‘show & tell’ when I was a kid. That is, having an object – something I like, or recommend, to talk about.

If you are anything like me, you’ll find that a big part of learning Japanese is learning to appreciate the culture. Lots of that is connected with seriously digging Japan-related ‘stuff’ – matcha tea, tableware, stationery, the food, soooo many books, films… I could go on all day!

If this deep enthusiasm for all things Japan-related sounds familiar to you, why not join the Japanese London Conversation Club and tell us about something, anything, Japan-related that means something to you?

If you click on the button to join our newsletter list, I’ll send you the conversation club booking link, a 4-part explanation of how it all works, and a simple PDF cheat sheet to download.

Our Conversation Club IS for:

🙆 ANY LEVEL of Japanese learners – who can speak Japanese a little, or quite a bit

💁 Native Japanese speakers who want to chat to people in London, in Japanese & English

🙆🏿‍♀️ People who used to live in Japan, or learned Japanese in the past, but whose skills are rusty from lack of use!

NOT for you, if you:

🙅🏽 Don’t want to speak or listen to informal Japanese language chat

🙅🏻‍♂️ Are looking for a structured Japanese language lesson (this is casual conversation practice)

the Way to Japan Conversation Club – sample timetable

  1. Group jikoshokai (self intro) & chatting – 10 min
  2. Breakout group 1st session JAPANESE – 10 min
  3. Breakout group 2nd session (change rooms) ENGLISH – 10 min
  4. Breakout group 3rd session (change rooms) JAPANESE – 10 min
  5. Breakout group 4th session (change rooms) ENGLISH – 10 min
  6. Group sayonara (goodbye & screenshot) 😉 – 5 min

Any questions, feel feel to drop me a line: vanessa@japaneselondon.com

‘That was bloody brilliant and I had so much fun!! Thank you so much for arranging this and it was so nice to speak to so many nice people too! Let’s keep in touch!! P.S I can’t believe you have eaten guinea pig!! Anthony, April 2020

I’m looking forward to getting to know you!

Yoroshiku onegaishimasu.
Vanessa x