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!
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!
FAQs—see our Frequently Asked Questions for answers to your registration questions!
Upcoming Language Center Events
Spring 2016 Japanese-Language Teacher Training Program: Introductory Course
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.
Registration is now closed
Summer 2016 Intensive Japanese Weekends
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.
Registration Opens May 30
Fridays, 5/24 – 7/29, 12:00-1:50 pm (10 lessons), (Prereq.: level 9 or above) Instructor: Kurahara
Manga is a powerful learning tool; illustrations provide clear contexts and dialogues are written in natural, colloquial Japanese. It's also a great source for learning onomatopoeia. In this new class, we will focus on conversational Japanese through a mixture of contemporary manga, including “Pluto” by one of the most famous manga artists of today, Naoki Urasawa. Other titles may include “Sherlock Holmes” and “Nihonjin no Shiranai Nihongo,” a popular manga series filled with fun and practical tips for native and non-native speakers alike.
Unlike textbooks, Japanese TV dramas provide the unique advantage of seeing language in action. In this class, we will use excerpts of dramas to explore vocabulary and grammar not frequently encountered in the traditional classroom setting, and we will have lively discussions on social and cultural issues relevant to us today. In addition, enactment of short scenes will encourage students to feel the character's emotions and understand the situation more intimately.
Support for Japan Society's Toyota Language Center is provided, in part, by Mark F. Goldfield and Mary E. Hatch, Mr. Christopher Hong, William K. Tomita, Mr. Shinjiro Tsutsui, and Dr. Bic Kanayjorn.
All photos © George Hirose.
All photos © George Hirose.