Please note that some courses are online via Zoom, and others are in-person at Japan Society in NYC. All times listed are New York time (ET).
ONLINE COURSES: To participate fully, you will need access to a device with internet, microphone, and camera (such as a laptop, smartphone, or tablet).
IN-PERSON COURSES: In the event of inclement weather or other circumstances, a class session may need to be conducted online or on another date. By signing up for a course, you assume this risk and understand that circumstances may change. Please see full details under “How to Register.”
During the 5-week semesters, select levels of Japanese Courses are offered. Each class meets twice a week for a total of 18 hours of instruction. (For once-a-week classes or the full range of levels, see Late Spring Conversational Japanese courses or the upcoming 10-week semester.) Individuals must be 16 or older to register for these courses. (For younger students, please see Japanese for Youth: Ages 12 to 15.
For a printer friendly version of these courses, please click here: 2023 Late Spring Japanese Courses (PDF).
Japanese Level 1-ATuesdays & Thursdays, April 11 – May 9, 6:30-8:30 pm ETONLINE·9 classes·Mami Nakanishi
1-A CLASS FULL; to be added to the waitlist, please email [email protected] or call 212-715-1269.
(for beginning students with no previous background in Japanese)
The course is designed to introduce elementary Japanese to students with no previous background in the language. Basic vocabulary, grammar and sentence structures will be taught in romaji (Japanese written phonetically in the Roman alphabet) so students can carry on a simple conversation. Hiragana and some introductory kanji will be introduced.
Students will be introduced to the following:
- X wa Y desu.
- Question sentences
- Here/there/over there/where
- Verb conjugation (present tense)
- Sentence particles
Required Textbook: Genki I, 3rd Edition (Ch. 1, 2 & 3)
Japanese Level 1-BTuesdays & Thursdays, April 11 – May 9, 12-2 pm ETONLINE·9 classes·Momoyo Kitaura
See above, Level 1-A.
Japanese Level 1-CMondays & Wednesdays, April 10 – May 8, 6-8 pm ETIN-PERSON·9 classes·Mami Nakanishi
See above, Level 1-A.
Japanese Level 1-DMondays & Wednesdays, April 10 – May 8, 12-2 pm ETIN-PERSON·9 classes·Mami Nakanishi
See above, Level 1-A.
Japanese Level 2-AMondays & Wednesdays, April 10 – May 8, 6:30-8:30 pm ETONLINE·9 classes·Yukie Yamaguchi
(Prerequisite: Japanese 1 or equivalent; recognition of hiragana is expected.)
Students will continue to develop their beginners’ level language skills in basic Japanese as they begin to apply the past tense and are introduced to new words, grammar, and expressions. Recognition of hiragana is expected as less romaji will be used. Katakana and a few more kanji will be introduced.
Students will be introduced to the following:
- X ga arimasu/imasu.
- Location description
- Adjectives (present and past tense)
- Suki (na)/ Kirai (na)
- shimashou ka
Required Text: Genki I, 3rd Edition (Chapters 4 & 5)
Japanese Level 10-A (Part 4)Mondays & Wednesdays, April 10 – May 8, 6:30-8:30 pm ETONLINE·9 classes·Mari Nakamura
(Prerequisite: Level 9 or equivalent)
This class follows level 9 in the progression from the Genki II textbook, continuing a formal study of Japanese grammar. More advanced grammar, vocabulary and kanji will be introduced over several semesters. A particular emphasis will be placed on speaking practice. This course is designed to provide students with the necessary tools to move up to Level 11. (See note about Level 10 progression below)
Required Text: An Integrated Approach to Intermediate Japanese (Revised Edition), (Part 4: Lessons 13-15). See Sample here.
Please note: Level 10 is offered in 4 Parts: they can be taken in any order and each Part is separate and self-contained, e.g. taking Part 1 is not necessary before Part 2. All Parts are recommended at least once before moving to Level 11. Click here to see schedule of Level 10 Parts. If you have not taken a Level 10 course before and are hoping to work through the 4-part progression, we recommend starting during the 10-week semester and NOT this 5-week semester. (Starting during a 10-week semester will provide an easier path through this level.)
Japan Society members: $290
How to Register
Classes fill up quickly! We recommend registering as soon as possible to secure your first choice.
Please register by Thurs., April 6, if possible. Seats may not be available after this date; please check the website for registration availability or contact the office.
New students with no previous background in Japanese should enroll in a Level 1 course (see Late Spring Japanese Level 1). Students with some background should refer to the Level Guide (Numbered Levels) or course textbooks to determine the most appropriate class. There is no placement exam. If you are still not sure of your level, it may be possible to schedule a level assessment by phone with the Director. Please email [email protected] to schedule.
At the moment, registration is accepted online (preferred) or by phone only at (212) 715-1269 or (212) 715-1293.
To purchase or renew a membership, please visit the Membership page and pay online. Or, call 212-715-1270 and leave a message; they will get back to you.
To enroll in two or more courses at the combined discount, please call (212) 715-1269 or (212) 715-1293. Discount is applicable when enrolling in two or more 9-class courses within the 2023 Late Spring semester only (includes Conversational Japanese and Japanese (numbered level) Courses.)
Registrants will receive a Welcome Email and Zoom link from [email protected] on:
- the afternoon of Friday, April 7, 2023 (for classes beginning on Monday, April 10)
- the afternoon of Monday, April 10, 2023 (for classes beginning on Tuesday, April 11)
For more information, please eemail us at [email protected], or call (212) 715-1269 or (212) 715-1293. Please note that while we are working remotely, we may not always be reachable by phone.
Online Courses Only
Make-Up Classes: Please attend the course you have registered for as much as possible. However, if you are an online student and will miss a class, you may arrange a make-up class in a different online section in the same semester. Ideally, this would cover the same material as your missed class, but these options are very limited this Late Spring semester. However, we welcome you to schedule a make-up even if it is in a different course type/level for extra practice. More information on how to schedule a makeup class will be provided in the Welcome Email.
In-Person Courses Only
Japan Society strongly encourages everyone entering the building to be up to date on COVID-19 vaccines, including any boosters for which they are eligible. In-person students do not need to provide proof of vaccination and booster.
As of April 10, 2023, masks, particularly respirator-style (KN95, N95, KF94, etc.), are strongly recommended but are no longer required. A mask can be provided at the Welcome Desk upon request.
Japan Society retains the right to cancel a class at its discretion due to inclement weather or other circumstances. In such circumstances the office will determine the best option for replacement class(es), which may be online or on another date. By signing up for this course, you assume this risk and understand that circumstances may change.
Make-Up Classes: Please attend the course you have registered for as much as possible. However, if you are an in-person student and will miss a class, you may arrange a make-up class in a different online or in-person section in the same semester. Ideally, this would cover the same material as your missed class, but these options are very limited this Late Spring semester. However, we welcome you to schedule a make-up even if it is in a different course type/level for extra practice. More information on how to schedule a make-up class will be provided in the Welcome Email.
Cancellation Policy: Cancellations are accepted until 12 pm ET on the business day before the course or workshop begins (for Shodo, until 12 pm ET on the business day before coursework begins). After this deadline, cancellations are not accepted and tuition is not refundable or transferable for any reason (including for credit). Upon cancellation, the tuition paid minus a service charge ($20 for courses, $5 for workshops) will be refunded. Cancellations are only accepted via phone.
Japan Society also reserves the right to cancel any course or workshop if sufficient enrollment is not obtained. In such cases, students already enrolled will receive full refunds (no service charge).
By registering for a course, you accept and agree to the above terms of the cancellation policy.
Students must be age 16 or older.
We do not record these classes, and recording of these classes is prohibited. If a student misses a class, it may be possible to arrange a make-up class in the same semester, if available. More information will be provided in the Welcome Email.
If you need to switch to a different level or section after your course has begun, it may be possible pending availability and is only possible within the same semester (e.g., within the same 10-week semester, 5-week semester, weekend intensive, etc.). Please contact the office.
The following textbooks are required. A limited supply of textbooks are available for purchase at the Language Center on select days, as well as on the first day of in-person courses. Please contact the office to arrange purchase and pick-up.
You may also purchase your book in advance from an outside vendor. Either a digital or print textbook is fine.
Level 1 and 2 Students:
GENKI I (An Integrated Course in Elementary Japanese) (3rd Edition)
published by The Japan Times | ISBN: 978-4789017305
Price at Japan Society: $45
We strongly recommend purchasing the 3rd Edition. Please note that the 2nd Edition has some differences, including page numbers, examples, etc., and is not recommended for this reason.
Level 10 Students:
An Integrated Approach to Intermediate Japanese (Revised Edition)
published by The Japan Times | ISBN: 978-4789013079
Price at Japan Society: $42
Yukie Yamaguchi has a BA in Foreign Languages (specializing in English) from Bukkyo University in Kyoto…Learn More
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Japan Society programs are made possible by leadership support from Booth Ferris Foundation and Shiseido Americas. Support for Japan Society’s Language Center is provided, in part, by Mark F. Goldfield and Mary E. Hatch; Christopher Hong; Steven Giordano; and Dr. Bic Kanayjorn.