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Bridge English School:  Our Beginning…

Bridge English School opened on August 1st, 2001. It is owned and managed by Dan Thach, a licensed secondary education teacher from New York, who first came to Japan in 1990. Using his educational background and his years of teaching experience in America and Japan, he has created a unique atmosphere that puts students at ease and helps them overcome their fears of communicating in English. We welcome you to Bridge! Come and meet us!


Your “Bridge” to other languages and cultures…

We are excited to help you reach your specific language goals. Bridge offers conversation classes in English, French, Spanish, Korean and Chinese which are all taught by experienced native speaking teachers. Let us be your “Bridge” to other languages and cultures. We offer group classes (4-6 students), private lessons, semi-private (2-3 students) and off-site company classes. We have early morning lessons, late evening classes and a “flex-class” system for your convenience. Stop by, call or email us to make an appointment for a free level check and consultation.

Be our guest and relax…

Our goal is to make every student feel special and welcome. When students enter our school, they are warmly greeted by staff and invited to relax and chat before class. Our classrooms were carefully designed to look like American-style rooms. Many of the construction materials were actually imported from America, such as the soft peach-colored wallpaper, the white-paneled doors and stone fixtures. Handmade country-style, hardwood tables enhance the classroom ambiance and help students see eye-to-eye with their teacher and classmates as they laugh, learn and build relationships with each other in English.


How about a cup of New York Style Coffee or a Bagel?

In 2009, Dan redesigned Bridge’s lobby to look like a cozy New York-style cafe. Being a self-proclaimed coffee-lover, Dan began making his original brand of New York style flavored coffee and regular coffee under the name Bridge’s New York Coffee. Students and non-students are welcome to come in and try our delicious flavored coffee (Hazelnut, French Vanilla, Macadamia Nut & Pecan Nut) or our non-flavored regular coffee (Manhattan Paradise and Manhattan Dark).

We are also pleased to announce that Bridge has begun selling original New York style bagels and cookies from March 2013. All of the bagels and cookies are made by Miki Thach (Dan’s wife). Having traveled to New York every year since their marriage, Miki has mastered the flavor and texture of New York style bagels and cookies. At present, she has created over 15 types of bagels and 10 different cookie recipes. Every day there are several different types of bagels and cookies on sale for students and non-students to enjoy.


Bridge’s New York Coffee: Participating in Niigata City Events

City Events

Since 2009, Bridge’s New York Coffee has been participating in local city events, such as “Shoku no Jin” and Niigata food and drink exhibitions at Toki Messe. If you have an opportunity to attend one of these events, we welcome you to stop by for a cup of coffee and chat with us!