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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!

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

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

2016春期英会話教室 (盛夏の部)
Mid-Summer 2016 English Courses

Thirty hours of beginner and intermediate/advanced English as a Second Language (ESL) conversation.

Summer 2016 Crash Course for Travelers to Japan
A quick introduction of the Japanese language and customs to help prepare you for a trip to Japan!

Late-Summer 2016 Japanese and Conversational Japanese
A conversation-intensive curriculum, with the aim of strengthening the student’s ability to communicate effectively in social situations, for beginner to advanced students.

Late-Summer 2016 Shodo
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.

Fall 2016 Hiragana and Katakana Mini-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 2016 Japanese
Thirteen levels of Japanese, from beginner to advanced, emphasizing conversation, listening, reading and writing. Four JLPT prep courses and specialized courses are also offered.

Yukkuri Nihongo: Japanese at a Leisurely Pace
This course is deigned to teach Japanese at the beginner level, and will proceed at a more comfortable pace than our standard Level 1 course. The focus will be on simple sentence structur, grammar and basic conversation.

New Classes!



Summer 2016 Crash Course for Travelers to Japan

Friday, August 5, 2016

Japan Society's Toyota Language Center is pleased to offer A Crash Course for Travelers to Japan. This course offers a quick introduction to the Japanese language as well as Japanese customs, which can be very helpful for first-time as well seasoned travelers to Japan. Through our mini-workshop, you will be introduced to basic Japanese phrases for greeting, ordering food, shopping and other aspects of daily life. Get more out of your Japanese adventure with this useful preparatory course!

Yukkuri Nihongo: Japanese at a Leisurely Pace


This course is designed to teach Japanese at the beginner level. It will proceed at a more comfortable pace than our standard Level I course, to ensure that students who may have been away from the classroom for a while will feel comfortable dealing with new material. The focus will be on simple sentence structure, grammar and basic conversation.

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.

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