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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 you should take!

Instructors & Staff—meet our teachers!

2014 Language Schedule—schedule for Japanese, Shodo, English, Teacher Training, and more for 2014! (as of 7/2014)


Open Courses

SCHEDULE CHANGE:
Due to unforeseen circumstances, the following classes will not meet on Wednesday, September 24 and Thursday, September 25:

--No class on Wed, Sept. 24 for Japanese 1-D, 3-E, 10.5-B: S+L+Reading, 5-C, 10-D: S+L, and all Shodo Calligraphy classes
--No class on Thurs, Sept. 25 for Japanese 1-C, 2-C, 1-E, 2-A, 3-A, 4-B, 6-A, 13-A: Culture+Curr. Topics, Kanji I/N4&N5, and all English classes

Make up language classes will be held on the corresponding days below:
 -Monday 12/1:  2-C
 -Monday 12/8:  1-C, 1-D, 1-E, 2-A, 3-A, 3-E, 4-B, 5-C, 6-A, 10.5-B, 13-A, Kanji I
 -Tuesday 12/9:  All English classes
 -Wednesday 12/10:  10-D
 
Class times will remain the same for each section.
Shodo classes will be made up in another session during the semester. Please arrange with your instructor.
We apologize for any inconvenience!

FALL 2014 INTENSIVE JAPANESE WEEKEND COURSES
Concentrated courses designed to teach beginners basic conversational skills. 

Fall 2014 Weekend Shodo & Winter Holiday 2014 Shodo: Japanese Calligraphy
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. 


WINTER HOLIDAY 2014 CONVERSATIONAL JAPANESE
Conversation-intensive Japanese courses with an emphasis on communicating effectively in both business and social situations. The materials used will emphasize vocabulary and grammar useful in everyday activities. 



FALL 2014 HIRAGANA AND KATAKANA WORKSHOPS
These mini-workshops offer the beginning student of Japanese the opportunity to master quickly and efficiently the reading of the two Japanese syllabaries, hiragana and katakana. Registration is closed.

FALL 2014 JAPANESE
Thirteen levels of Japanese, from beginning to advanced, emphasize conversation, listening, reading and writing.  Four kanji courses and specialized courses are also offered. Registration is closed.

2014 TEACHER TRAINING FOLLOW-UP COURSE
This 30-hour once a week teacher training session for native or fluent speakers of Japanese gives those who have either taken the spring course, or those who have had some previous experience in teaching the Japanese language, the skills to teach Japanese at an intermediate level. Registration is now closed.

FALL 2014 ENGLISH
英会話教室
Beginner, intermediate and intermediate/advanced English courses. Registration is closed.

FALL 2014 RODOKU (VOCALIZED READING)
朗読講座

トヨタ語学センターでは、ご好評に答え、アナウンサーの阿部知代氏による「朗読:美しい日本語を話す・読む」を開講いたします。現職アナウンサーから日本語発声法を学べるこの稀有な機会をぜひご利用ください。Registration is closed.
 

Important note: Our classes fill up quickly. We strongly recommend that you register early. Register online, or call the Language Center at 212-715-1256 or email language_inquiries@japansociety.org




Free Trial Japanese Lessons

Have you always wanted to learn Japanese, but were unsure where to start? Come for a Free Trial Japanese Lesson, taught by the Toyota Language Center’s Director Tomoyo Kamimura!


Nihongo Chat

Nihongo Chat invites Language Center students to gather and practice Japanese throughout the year.


    • Nihongo Chat
      Language Center Event

      Nihongo Chat

      Wednesday, October 29, 6 PM
    • Nihongo Chat
      Language Center Event

      Nihongo Chat

      Monday, December 15, 6 PM
     

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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Teacher Spotlight


SHODO INSTRUCTOR
Masako Inkyo
Masako has a university degree in Japanese Calligraphy. She holds the highest rank in the three largest shodō professional associations in Japan. Inkyo has received many awards, including first prizes in both shodō and pen calligraphy in national competitions sponsored by the Ministry of Education. For more information, visit www.masako-inkyo.com.

 

Support for Japan Society's Language Center is provided, in part, by Mr. Tony T. Fujita, Mr. Mark F. Goldfield and Ms. Mary E. Hatch, and Mr. Shinjiro Tsutsui.

All photos © George Hirose.

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