Japanese London Conversation Club: Online

Learn to Speak Japanese by: Speaking Japanese

Join our OMOSHIROI ‘Japanese London’ bilingual online conversation club – made up of SMALL GROUP LANGUAGE EXCHANGES on FUN & INTERESTING TOPICS and, uniquely, suitable for ANY LEVEL of Japanese & English speakers.

We’ll send you a ‘SMALLTALK ICEBREAKER CHEAT SHEET’ in advance – so you can prepare to speak in Japanese & English.

Click here to book your space on Eventbrite.👇 It’s FREE!

YES, COUNT ME IN

‘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

How many times have you tried to speak Japanese…

BUT before you’ve even got your point across your mind’s gone blank – and you’ve switched back to English in sheer frustration?

You’re not alone.

Japanese learners often tell me they’ve been wrestling with ACTUALLY SPEAKING JAPANESE for years. They know that ‘small talk’ & deeper conversation is the best way to build lasting relationships and meaningful connections with their Japanese colleagues, friends and family members.

But when it comes to casually chatting…they have NO IDEA where to start.

  • …they worry that nobody actually will understand their Japanese
  • …they fear that they sound silly or childish
  • …and they don’t know what topics to talk about that are interesting, yet polite

So they give up on speaking Japanese and go back to learning the language in the only way they know how.  Which is why most people waste countless hours on apps, memorising obscure dialogues from textbooks, and sitting in group lessons.

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

I know because I’ve been there too.

Click here to book your space on Eventbrite.👇 It’s FREE!

YES, I’LL BE THERE

‘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

How the Japanese London Conversation Club Works

  1. Click to register on the ‘Eventbrite website’ – please choose if you are a ‘Japanese Speaker (learning English)’ OR an ‘English Speaker (learning Japanese).
  2. You’ll be sent a ‘SMALLTALK ICEBREAKER CHEAT SHEET’ in advance – so you can prepare to speak in Japanese & English.
  3. The Japanese London Conversation Club is fre of charge for our community members. You’ll be subscribed to our newsletter to find out more about event & offers. Of course, you can unsubscribe at any time.

KoYamato Taiko - Excited!nnichiwa!

I’m Vanessa, and I host the Japanese London Conversation Club: Online.

I specialise in all things Japanese in London.

I created JapaneseLondon.com in 2010, to round up all the Japanese people, places, & things in London that mean so much to me.

I also work as an agent, to connect students to native Japanese tutors for private 1-1 lessons.

I’m obsessed with learning about Japanese philosophies & ways of doing things (Wabi Sabi, Shinrin Yoku, Ikigai), calligraphy, Japanese food, & last but not least, matcha tea flavoured sweets – especially soft serve sundaes. 💚

Although I absolutely love everything Japan -related, I have often struggled to be confident enough to ACTUALLY SPEAK TO PEOPLE IN JAPANESE.

Why join Japanese English Conversation Club: Online?

Group lessons are great for getting the grammar, self-study is best for drilling kanji, and apps are handy for vocab.

  • 🗣 But when was the last time you actually had a good chat in Japanese?
  • ⚠️ Is your Japanese getting rusty from lack of use?
  • 💡 Do you like to know about Japan-related stuff in London too?

Would you like relaxed and supportive place to ‘just do it’, so you can stop procrastinating and have fun speaking & listening in Japanese?

The best thing is, once you’ve gotten used to chatting in Japanese, you can talk to collegues, friends and family about the same topics.

By practicising in a freindly, safe space you can be “Smalltalk Ready” in any situation, without tearing out your hair, trying to think of something to talk about to fill the awkward silence.

Japanese English Conversation Club: Online IS for:

  • 🙆 ANY LEVEL of Japanese learners – beginners – who can speak Japanese a little, or  all the way to more advanced speakers (just be patient!)
  • 💁 Native Japanese speakers who want to chat to people in London, in Japanese & English
  • 🙆🏿‍♀️ People who used to live in Japan, or studied 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 conversation practice)

Japanese English Conversation Club: Online – sample timetable

  • 1. Group jikoshokai (self intro) & chatting about the weekly topic – 15 min
  • 2. Breakout group 1st session JAPANESE – 15 min
  • 3. Breakout group 2nd session (change rooms) ENGLISH – 15 min
  • 4. Breakout group 3rd session (change rooms) JAPANESE – 15 min
  • 5. 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

Hope to ‘meet’ you soon!

Yoroshiku onegaishimasu.

If you’re ready to SPEAK, click the button below to grab your space in our next club meeting today. It’s FREE! 👇

YES, I’M READY!