(Okinawan Language) Class
Higa founded the Ucchinaaguchi Class in 2002 in an effort to
preserve and broaden the natural language of Okinawa. As the
founder and Shinshii (instructor), he believes that in order
to fully understand the Okinawan culture, one must also become
familiar with its language.
The Uchinaaguchi class, “Katayabira Uchinaaguchi (Let’s talk
in Okinawan language)” usually meets on the 2nd Friday of
every month from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM in room #103 at the OAA
Center. A new Uchinaaguchi class for beginners, “Hajimirana
Uchinaaguchi (Lets Begin Uchinaaguchi)” usually meets on the
2nd Saturday of every month from 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM.
Both classes are open to all OAA members and visitors. There
is a $2 donation per class for OAA members and a $5 donation
per class for visiting non-OAA members to cover the expenses
for photocopies, coffee, tea, and snacks during
The class is conducted in both Uchinaaguchi and English. The
course is predominantly based on learning the basic
vocabulary, grammar, dialogue and conversation.