Language Center

Language Center

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Japan Society’s 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!

Open Courses

Summer Japanese
Thirteen levels of Japanese are offered this summer, from beginner to advanced, emphasizing conversation, listening, reading and writing. Four JLPT/Kanji courses and other specialized courses, such as Anime and Breaking News in Japan are also offered.

Summer Shodo (Japanese Calligraphy)
Hands-on workshops that introduce the techniques of shodō. Students at any level of experience are welcome; Japanese language skills are not required.

Mid-Summer English | 英会話教室
30 hours of beginner and intermediate/advanced English as a Second Language (ESL). 30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

Summer Intensive Japanese Weekend
Concentrated courses designed to teach basic conversational skills; useful for people with traveling or schedule conflicts. No prior experience required.

A Crash Course for Travelers to Japan
A quick introduction to Japanese as well as Japanese customs, helpful for first-time and veteran travelers to Japan alike. Participants learn basic Japanese phrases for greeting, ordering food, shopping and other aspects of daily life.

Getting Started

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

Instructors & Staff—meet our teachers!

2017 Language Center Schedule
—schedule for Japanese, Shodo, English, Teacher Training, and more for 2017!

—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
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.

Calendar of Events

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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) 715-1269

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