Language Center


Language Center

Welcome to the Language Center!

Thank you for visiting us! ようこそ!

Japan Society’s Toyota Language Center offers a variety of courses, workshops and intensives throughout the year in Japanese language and shodo (Japanese calligraphy), among other select courses. Founded in 1972, we are the premiere Japanese language center in New York City. We hope you will study with us!

Registration for fall courses is now open. Class start dates:

Full descriptions and schedules can be found on the individual pages to the left.  

Need Help Getting Started?

Japanese Level Guide
—find out which level of study is for you!

Instructors & Staff—meet our teachers!

2016 Language Center Schedule
—schedule for Japanese, Shodo, English, Teacher Training, and more for 2016!

—see our Frequently Asked Questions for answers to your registration questions!

Upcoming Language Center Events

Video Lessons

Uki Uki - NihonGO + Culture
Learn Japanese with Japan Society in a series of all new videos! Let us teach language and culture through fun and simple lessons.

More Videos

Open Courses

Japanese Courses
Thirteen levels of Japanese, from beginner to advanced, emphasizing conversation, listening, reading and writing. Four JLPT prep courses and specialized courses are also offered.

English Courses
Thirty eight hours of beginner and intermediate/advanced English as a Second Language (ESL) conversation. 38時間にわたる初級及び中/上級英語学習者を対象にした日本人向け英会話教室。

Japanese-Language Teacher Training: Introductory
This program is a practical course for those who wish to learn essential classroom teaching skills in order to teach Japanese in classroom or individual settings, and for those who have had little or no formal training in teaching Japanese as a foreign language.

Shodo: Japanese Calligraphy
These hands-on workshops will introduce the techniques of shodō (Japanese calligraphy). Students at any level are welcome, and Japanese language skills are not required.

Weekend Shodo: Japanese Calligraphy
These hands-on workshops will introduce the techniques of Shodō (Japanese calligraphy). This course is useful for people who have scheduling conflicts during the week. Students at any level are welcome, and Japanese language skills are not required.

Crash Course for Travelers to Japan
A quick introduction of the Japanese language and customs to help prepare you for a trip to Japan!

Intensive Japanese Weekend
These concentrated courses are designed to teach beginners basic conversational skills. They will be useful to people with traveling or schedule conflicts, or those who were too late to register or missed too many of our regular classes. Levels 1-3 are offered.

New Classes!

JLPT Prep Courses

These courses are designed to help you prepare for the upcoming Japanese Language Profiency Test (JLPT). The test will take place on December 4, 2016.
Support for Japan Society's Toyota Language Center is provided, in part, by Mark F. Goldfield and Mary E. Hatch, William K. Tomita, Mr. Shinjiro Tsutsui, and Dr. Bic Kanayjorn.

The Nihongo Chat + J-Culture series is generously supported by The Japan Foundation, Los Angeles.

All photos © George Hirose.

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Visitor Information


Japan Society: Language Center and C.V. Starr Library A-Level

333 East 47th Street
New York, NY 10017

Language Center Hours:
Monday–Friday, 10:30 AM – 6:30 PM
Phone: (212) 715-1293

Japan Society Closures:
Sat 10/1 - Sun 10/2
Sat 10/8 - Mon 10/10

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