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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!


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

Instructors & Staff—meet our teachers!

2015 Language Schedule
—schedule for Japanese, Shodo, English, Teacher Training, and more for 2015!

Open Courses

Summer 2015 Open Level Shodo
These hands-on workshop classes will introduce the techniques of shodō, an art form using a brush and charcoal ink on paper, wood plaques, and fabric. 

Summer 2015 Conversational Japanese

These courses are conversation-intensive, with the aim of strengthening the student’s ability to communicate effectively in social situations.

Fall 2015 Japanese
Japanese courses for all levels of study, from beginner to advanced, including special Anime, Business, and JLPT courses.

Fall 2015 Hiragana and Katakana Workshops
These mini-workshops offer the beginning student of Japanese the opportunity to quickly and efficiently master the reading of the two Japanese syllabaries, hiragana and katakana.

Fall 2015 Japanese-Language Teacher Training
This 30-hour intensive teacher training session is for native or fluent speakers of Japanese. The program is designed to be a practical course for those who wish to learn essential classroom teaching skills in order to teach Japanese in classroom or individual settings, and who have had little or no formal training in the teaching of Japanese as a foreign language.

Fall 2015 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. They are also meant for people who are planning to travel or move to Japan. Registration opens in October.

Fall 2015 English
Thirty-eight hours of beginner, intermediate, and intermediate/advanced English as a Second Language (ESL) conversation.

Fall 2015 Shodo and Open Level Shodo
These hands-on workshop classes will introduce the techniques of shodō, an art form using a brush and charcoal ink on paper, wood plaques, and fabric. 

*NEW: Summer 2015 Shodo for Children*
In these hands-on workshops, children ages 7-12 will experience the calligraphic art of shodō using a brush and ink on paper. Registration is closed.



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.

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Support for Japan Society's Toyota Language Center is provided, in part, by Mr. Mark F. Goldfield and Ms. Mary E. Hatch, Mr. Christopher Hong, Mr. Steven Giordano, Mr. Shinjiro Tsutsui, and Mr. Alex York.

All photos © George Hirose.

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