May 20—August 2, 2024

Summer Japanese Courses

Register

Course Information

This 10-week semester offers our core curriculum of Japanese Courses (Levels 1 – 13). With a full span of levels and special topic courses, beginner to advanced students can learn to speak, read, and write Japanese.

New students with no previous background in Japanese should enroll in a Level 1 course. Students with some background should refer to the Japanese Level Guide or course textbooks to determine the most appropriate class.

These courses are designed for adults aged 18 and above. However, consideration for enrollment may be given to students aged 17 or 16 on a case-by-case basis. Feel free to inquire for further information.


 

Courses are either online via Zoom, or in-person at Japan Society in NYC. All times 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.”

To see the full list of Summer Japanese courses please keep scrolling down or refer to the printer-friendly PDF version: 2024 Summer Japanese Courses (PDF).

Courses are listed by increasing difficulty/level. Select a level to learn more:
Level 1 | Level 2 | Level 3 | Level 4 | Level 5

Level 6 | Level 7 | Level 8 | Level 9

Level 10 | Level 11 | Level 12 | Level 13

Special topic courses this semester include the following:
Intermediate Japanese with Anime

Review: Genki I and Review: Genki II

Conversation & Culture and Naturally Speaking

Special 10: Japan Right Now and Special 10: Folk Tales

Special 11: Zatsudan

Special 12: Japanese-Drama

JLPT & Kanji courses: N5 | N4 | N3 | N2 | N1

For tuition & registration, additional information, and textbooks & instructors, please see further down after the course list.

Course Descriptions

  • Japanese 1-A

     Wednesdays, May 22—July 31, 6:30 – 8:20 pm ET
    (no class 6/19)
    ONLINE·10 classes·Kazue Kurahara


    Japanese Level 1 Description (All sections)
    (for students with no or little basic grammar knowledge in Japanese, meets once a week)

    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
    • This/that/which
    • Here/there/over there/where
    • Verb conjugation (present tense)
    • Sentence particles

    Required Textbook: Genki I, 3rd Edition (Ch. 1-3)

    1-A CLASS FULL; to be added to the waitlist, please email [email protected] or call 212-715-1269.

  • Japanese 1-B

    Thursdays, May 23—August 1, 6:30 – 8:20 pm ET
    (no class 7/4)
    ONLINE·10 classes·Mari Nakamura


    All Level 1 courses cover the same material. For course description, see Level 1-A above.

    1-B CLASS FULL; to be added to the waitlist, please email [email protected] or call 212-715-1269.

  • Japanese 1-C

    Fridays, May 24—August 2, 6:30 – 8:20 pm ET
    (no class 7/5)
    ONLINE·10 Classes·Yukie Yamaguchi


    All Level 1 courses cover the same material. For course description, see Level 1-A above.

  • Japanese 1-D

    Thursdays, May 23—August 1, 12 – 1:50 pm ET
    (no class 7/4)
    ONLINE·10 classes·Momoyo Kitaura


    All Level 1 courses cover the same material. For course description, see Level 1-A above.

  • Japanese 1-E

    Wednesdays, May 22—July 31, 4 – 5:50 pm ET
    (no class 6/19)
    ONLINE·10 classes·Atsuko Shio


    All Level 1 courses cover the same material. For course description, see Level 1-A above.

  • Japanese 1-F

    Wednesdays, May 22—July 31, 6:10-8 pm ET
    (no class 6/19)
    IN-PERSON·10 classes·Yukie Yamaguchi


    All Level 1 courses cover the same material. For course description, see Level 1-A above.

    1-F CLASS FULL; to be added to the waitlist, please email [email protected] or call 212-715-1269.

  • Japanese 1-G

    Thursdays, May 23—August 1, 6:10 – 8 pm ET
    (no class 7/4)
    IN-PERSON·10 classes·Mami Nakanishi


    All Level 1 courses cover the same material. For course description, see Level 1-A above.

    1-G CLASS FULL; to be added to the waitlist, please email [email protected] or call 212-715-1269.

  • Japanese 1-H

    Mondays, May 20—July 29, 12–1:50 pm ET
    (no class 5/27)
    IN-PERSON·10 classes·Momoyo Kitaura


    All Level 1 courses cover the same material. For course description, see Level 1-A above.

  • Japanese 1-J

    Tuesdays, May 21—July 30, 4–5:50 pm ET
    (no class 5/28)
    IN-PERSON·10 classes·Kaori Murata


    All Level 1 courses cover the same material. For course description, see Level 1-A above.

  • Japanese 1&2-A

    Tuesdays & Fridays, May 21—August 2, 6:30-8:20 pm ET
    (no classes 5/28, 7/5)
    ONLINE·20 classes·Yumi Mori


    Japanese Level 1&2 Description (All sections)
    (for students with no or little basic grammar knowledge in Japanese, meets twice a week)

    This fast-track course covers Levels 1 and 2 in one semester, and is designed to introduce elementary Japanese. See Level 1 and Level 2 for descriptions of each level. Hiragana, katakana and some introductory kanji will be introduced.

    Required Textbook: Genki I, 3rd Edition (Ch. 1-5)

    1&2-A CLASS FULL; to be added to the waitlist, please email [email protected] or call 212-715-1269.

  • Japanese 1&2-B

    Tuesdays & Thursdays, May 21—August 1, 12 – 1:50 pm ET
    (no class 5/28, 7/4)
    ONLINE·20 classes·Mami Nakanishi


    All Level 1&2 courses cover the same material. For course description, see Level 1&2-A above.

  • Japanese 1&2-C

    Mondays & Wednesdays, May 20—July 31, 4 – 5:50 pm ET
    (no class 5/27, 6/19)
    ONLINE·20 classes·Mari Nakamura


    All Level 1&2 courses cover the same material. For course description, see Level 1&2-A above.

    1&2-C CLASS FULL; to be added to the waitlist, please email [email protected] or call 212-715-1269.

  • Japanese 1&2-D

    Mondays & Wednesdays, May 20—July 31, 6:10 – 8 pm ET
    (no class 5/27, 6/19)
    IN-PERSON·20 classes·Mami Nakanishi


    All Level 1&2 courses cover the same material. For course description, see Level 1&2-A above.

    1&2-D CLASS FULL; to be added to the waitlist, please email [email protected] or call 212-715-1269.

  • Japanese 2-A

    Tuesdays, May 21—July 30, 6:30 – 8:20 pm ET
    (no class 5/28)
    ONLINE·10 classes·Rika Kobayashi


    Japanese Level 2 Description (All sections)
    Prerequisite: Japanese 1 or equivalent; most importantly, students must understand how to use the particles wa, o, de, ni, and e, and be able to make sentences such as, “I eat a sandwich at a restaurant at 1 o’clock.” For a full list of grammar patterns covered in Level 1, see Level Guide (Numbered Levels). Recognition of hiragana is also 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 (Ch. 4 & 5)

  • Japanese 2-B

    Thursdays, May 23—August 1, 6:30 – 8:20 pm ET
    (no class 7/4)
    ONLINE·10 classes·Yumi Mori


    All Level 2 courses cover the same material. For course description, see Level 2-A above.

  • Japanese 2-C

    Fridays, May 24—August 2, 6:30 – 8:20 pm ET
    (no class 7/5)
    ONLINE·10 classes·Mari Nakamura


    All Level 2 courses cover the same material. For course description, see Level 2-A above.

    2-C CANCELLED.

  • Japanese 2-D

    Mondays, May 20—July 29, 12 – 1:50 pm ET
    (no class 5/27)
    ONLINE·10 classes·Kaoru Shinohara


    All Level 2 courses cover the same material. For course description, see Level 2-A above.

  • Japanese 2-E

    Thursdays, May 23—August 1, 4 – 5:50 pm ET
    (no class 7/4)
    ONLINE·10 classes·Yumi Mori


    All Level 2 courses cover the same material. For course description, see Level 2-A above.

  • Japanese 2-F

    Tuesdays, May 21—July 30, 6:10 – 8 pm ET *
    (no class 7/2)
    * Schedule different from other Tuesday classes
    IN-PERSON·10 classes·Mana Kobuchi / Kaoru Shinohara


    All Level 2 courses cover the same material. For course description, see Level 2-A above.

    2-F CLASS FULL; to be added to the waitlist, please email [email protected] or call 212-715-1269.

  • Japanese 2-G

    Wednesdays, May 22—July 31, 6:10 – 8 pm ET
    (no class 6/19)
    IN-PERSON·10 classes·Kenko Ogino


    All Level 2 courses cover the same material. For course description, see Level 2-A above.

  • Japanese 2-H

    Thursdays, May 23—August 1, 6:10 – 8 pm ET
    (no class 7/4)
    IN-PERSON·10 classes·Kenko Ogino


    All Level 2 courses cover the same material. For course description, see Level 2-A above.

  • Japanese 2-J

    Wednesdays, May 22—July 31, 12 -1:50 pm ET
    (no class 6/19)
    IN-PERSON·10 classes·Yumi Mori


    All Level 2 courses cover the same material. For course description, see Level 2-A above.

  • Japanese 2-K

    Wednesdays, May 22—July 31, 4-5:50 pm ET
    (no class 6/19)
    IN-PERSON·10 classes·Yumiko Kakutani


    All Level 2 courses cover the same material. For course description, see Level 2-A above.  

  • Japanese 3-A

    Mondays, May 20—July 29, 6:30-8:20 pm ET
    (no class 5/27)
    ONLINE·10 classes·Atsuko Shio


    Japanese Level 3 Description (All sections)
    (Prerequisite: Japanese 2 or equivalent, and recognition of hiragana and some katakana is required as the textbook no longer uses romaji)

    This course will focus on the introduction and use of the te form of verbs, and students will continue to build upon their conversational skills and vocabulary.

    Required Text: Genki I, 3rd Edition (Ch. 6 & 7)

    3-A CLASS FULL; to be added to the waitlist, please email [email protected] or call 212-715-1269.

  • Japanese 3-B

    Fridays, May 24—August 2, 6:30-8:20 pm ET
    (no class 7/5)
    ONLINE·10 classes·Mami Nakanishi


    All Level 3 courses cover the same material. For course description, see Level 3-A above.

  • Japanese 3-C

    Fridays, May 24—August 2, 4 – 5:50 pm ET
    (no class 7/5)
    ONLINE·10 classes·Yukie Yamaguchi


    All Level 3 courses cover the same material. For course description, see Level 3-A above.

  • Japanese 3-D

    Mondays, May 20—July 29, 6:10 – 8 pm ET
    (no class 5/27)
    IN-PERSON·10 classes·Yuko Aizawa


    All Level 3 courses cover the same material. For course description, see Level 3-A above.

  • Japanese 3-E

    Tuesdays, May 21—July 30, 6:10 – 8 pm ET
    (no class 5/28)
    IN-PERSON·10 classes·Kaori Murata


    All Level 3 courses cover the same material. For course description, see Level 3-A above.

    3-E CLASS FULL; to be added to the waitlist, please email [email protected] or call 212-715-1269.

  • Japanese 3-F

    Tuesdays, May 21—July 30, 12 – 1:50 pm ET
    (no class 5/28)
    IN-PERSON·10 classes·Momoyo Kitaura


    All Level 3 courses cover the same material. For course description, see Level 3-A above.

  • Japanese 3-G

    Mondays, May 20—July 29, 4 – 5:50 pm ET
    (no class 5/27)
    IN-PERSON·10 classes·Yuko Aizawa


    All Level 3 courses cover the same material. For course description, see Level 3-A above.

  • Japanese 3&4-A

    Mondays & Wednesdays, May 20—July 31, 6:30-8:20 pm ET
    (no class 5/27, 6/19)
    ONLINE·20 classes·Momoyo Kitaura


    Japanese Level 3&4 Description (All sections)
    (Prerequisite: Japanese 2 or equivalent, and recognition of hiragana and some katakana is required as the textbook no longer uses romaji)

    This fast-track course covers Levels 3 & 4 in one semester. It will focus on the introduction and use of the te and nai forms of verbs, and students will continue to build upon their conversational skills and vocabulary. Students will practice the informal speech style in the present and past tenses. The ta form will be introduced, and students will learn to modify nouns with verbs, as well as practice phrases using to omoimasu (“I think”) and to iimasu (“he/she says”).

    Required Text: Genki I, 3rd Edition (Ch. 6-9)

  • Japanese 3&4-B

    Mondays & Thursdays, May 20—August 1, 6:30 – 8:20 pm ET
    (no class 5/27, 7/4)
    ONLINE·20 classes·Rika Kobayashi


    All Level 3&4 courses cover the same material. For course description, see Level 3&4-A above.

  • Japanese 3&4-C

    Tuesdays & Thursdays, May 21—August 1, 4 – 5:50 pm ET
    (no class 5/28, 7/4)
    ONLINE·20 classes·Rika Kobayashi


    All Level 3&4 courses cover the same material. For course description, see Level 3&4-A above.  

  • Japanese 4-A

    Mondays, May 20—July 29, 6:30 – 8:20 pm ET
    (no class 5/27)
    ONLINE·10 classes·Yukari Aoki


    Japanese Level 4 Description (All sections)
    (Prerequisite: Japanese 3 or equivalent)

    Students will practice the informal speech style in the present and past tenses, and will learn the nai form of verbs. The ta form will be introduced, and students will learn to modify nouns with verbs, as well as practice phrases using to omoimasu (“I think”) and to iimasu (“he/she says”).

    Required text: Genki I, 3rd Edition (Ch. 8-9)

  • Japanese 4-B

    Wednesdays, May 22—July 31, 6:30 – 8:20 pm ET
    (no class 6/19)
    ONLINE·10 classes·Mari Nakamura


    All Level 4 courses cover the same material. For course description, see Level 4-A above.

  • Japanese 4-C

    Tuesdays, May 21—July 30, 4 – 5:50 pm ET
    (no class 5/28)
    ONLINE·10 classes·Mami Nakanishi


    All Level 4 courses cover the same material. For course description, see Level 4-A above.

  • Japanese 4-D

    Wednesdays, May 22—July 31, 6:10 – 8 pm ET
    (no class 6/19)
    IN-PERSON·10 classes·Yumi Mori


    All Level 4 courses cover the same material. For course description, see Level 4-A above.

  • Japanese 4-E

    Mondays, May 20—July 29, 12 – 1:50 pm ET
    (no class 5/27)
    IN-PERSON·10 classes·Mami Nakanishi


    All Level 4 courses cover the same material. For course description, see Level 4-A above.

  • Japanese 4-F

    Wednesdays, May 22—July 31, 4 – 5:50 pm ET
    (no class 6/19)
    IN-PERSON·10 classes·Yumi Mori


    All Level 4 courses cover the same material. For course description, see Level 4-A above.  

  • Japanese 5-A

    Tuesdays, May 21—July 30, 6:30-8:20 pm ET
    (no class 5/28)
    ONLINE·10 classes·Yukari Aoki


    Japanese Level 5 Description (All sections)
    (Prerequisite: Japanese 4 or equivalent)

    Students will learn various usages of the ta form, and comparative sentence patterns will be introduced.

    Required text: Genki I, 3rd Edition (Ch. 10 & 11)

  • Japanese 5-B

    Fridays, May 24—August 2, 12 – 1:50 pm ET
    (no class 7/5)
    ONLINE·10 classes·Yukie Yamaguchi


    All Level 5 courses cover the same material. For course description, see Level 5-A above.

  • Japanese 5-C

    Mondays, May 20—July 29, 6:10 – 8 pm ET
    (no class 5/27)
    IN-PERSON·10 classes·Mana Kobuchi / Yumiko Kakutani


    All Level 5 courses cover the same material. For course description, see Level 5-A above.

  • Japanese 5-D

    Wednesdays, May 22—July 31, 12 – 1:50 pm ET
    (no class 6/19)
    IN-PERSON·10 classes·Momoyo Kitaura


    All Level 5 courses cover the same material. For course description, see Level 5-A above.

    5-D CANCELLED.

  • Japanese 5&6-A

    Mondays & Thursdays, May 20—August 1, 6:30 – 8:20 pm ET
    (no class 5/27, 7/4)
    ONLINE·20 classes·Kaoru Shinohara


    Japanese Level 5&6 Description (All sections)
    (Prerequisite: Japanese 4 or equivalent)

    This fast-track course covers Levels 5 & 6 in one semester. Students will learn various usages of the ta form, and comparative sentence patterns will be introduced. Students will learn how to use various modifying clauses to create complex sentences.

    Required text: Genki I, 3rd Edition (Ch. 10 – 12), Genki II, 3rd Edition (Ch. 13 & 14)

  • Japanese 5&6-B

    Mondays & Wednesdays, May 20—July 31, 4 – 5:50 pm ET
    (no class 5/27, 6/19)
    ONLINE·2o classes·Yukari Aoki


    All Level 5&6 courses cover the same material. For course description, see Level 5&6-A above.  

  • Review: Genki I

    Tuesdays, May 21—July 30, 6:30-8:20 pm ET
    (no class 5/28)
    ONLINE·10 classes·Mami Nakanishi


    Review: Genki I Description
    (Prerequisite: Japanese 5 or equivalent)

    This course is designed for students who have completed Level 5, but feel the need to review the content of the Genki I textbook before moving up to Level 6. The course focuses on reviewing the grammar points and increasing vocabulary so that students gain more confidence in speaking Japanese with an accurate command of grammar. Special focus will be placed on: verb conjugation, adjective conjugation, te-form/ta-form, and nai-form. Also, common mistakes in the use of particles (は、が、を、に、で、と) and expressions such as これ/この、どの/どんな、なに/なん will be addressed. Upon completion of this course, students will be able to speak Japanese more comfortably with a refreshed grasp of grammar.

    The Genki I textbook content will be referenced, but no textbook is required.  

  • JLPT & Kanji N5

    Wednesdays, May 22—July 31, 6:30 – 8:20 pm ET
    (no class 6/19)
    ONLINE·10 classes·Keiko Hama


    JLPT & Kanji N5
    (Prerequisite: Japanese 5 or equivalent)

    This course is structured to help prepare students for the N5 level of the Japanese-Language Proficiency Test (JLPT), which requires knowledge of approximately 100 kanji. Students will focus on mastering some of these kanji for the N5 test, as well as study other JLPT N5 content such as reading comprehension, grammar, and vocabulary.

    No textbook is required.  

  • Japanese 6-A

    Tuesdays, May 21—July 30, 6:30 – 8:20 pm ET
    (no class 5/28)
    ONLINE·10 classes·Mari Nakamura


    Japanese Level 6 Description (All sections)
    (Prerequisite: Japanese 5 or equivalent)

    Students will learn how to use various modifying clauses to create complex sentences. Recognition of 100 kanji is expected.

    Required text: Genki I, (Ch. 12) (purchase of Genki I textbook not required), Genki II, 3rd Edition (Ch. 13-14)

  • Japanese 6-B

    Wednesdays, May 22—July 31, 6:10 – 8 pm ET
    (no class 6/19)
    IN-PERSON·10 classes·Yumiko Kakutani


    All Level 6 courses cover the same material. For course description, see Level 6-A above.

    6-B CLASS FULL; to be added to the waitlist, please email [email protected] or call 212-715-1269.  

  • Intermediate Japanese with Anime

    Tuesdays, May 21—July 30, 6:30-8:20 pm ET
    (no class 5/28)
    ONLINE·10 classes·Yuko Aizawa


    Intermediate Japanese with Anime Description
    (Prerequisite: Japanese 6 or equivalent)

    While introducing fundamental grammar, this class will look at the spoken expressions, vocabulary, slang, and onomatopoeia that commonly appear in anime. There will also be simple discussions about the story. This course is recommended for students considering Levels 7-9. Content is different each semester so this course can be taken repeatedly. This course is conducted almost entirely in Japanese. Anime for this semester: ‘Weathering with You’(てんきのこ)

    No textbook required.  

  • Japanese 7-A

    Thursdays, May 23—August 1, 6:30-8:20 pm ET
    (no class 7/4)
    ONLINE·10 classes·Yukari Aoki


    Japanese Level 7 Description (All sections)
    (Prerequisite: Japanese 6 or equivalent)

    Students will be introduced to the volitional form, and will learn to describe the giving and receiving of services (instead of goods). The structure for reporting hearsay (sou desu) will be practiced. The tara variation of conditional sentence structures will be taught.

    Required text: Genki II, 3rd Edition, (Ch. 15-17).

  • Japanese 7-B

    Tuesday, May 21—July 30, 12 – 1:50 pm ET
    (no class 5/28)
    ONLINE·10 classes·Atsuko Shio


    All Level 7 courses cover the same material. For course description, see Level 7-A above.

  • Japanese 7-C

    Thursdays, May 23—August 1, 4 – 5:50 pm ET
    (no class 7/4)
    ONLINE·10 classes·Atsuko Shio


    All Level 7 courses cover the same material. For course description, see Level 7-A above.

  • Japanese 7-D

    Mondays, May 20—July 29, 6:10 – 8 pm ET
    (no class 5/27)
    IN-PERSON·10 classes·Yumi Mori


    All Level 7 courses cover the same material. For course description, see Level 7-A above.

  • Japanese 7&8-A

    Wednesdays & Fridays, May 22—August 2, 6:30-8:20 pm ET
    (no class 6/19, 7/5)
    ONLINE·20 classes·Yukari Aoki


    Japanese Level 7&8 Description (All sections)
    (Prerequisite: Japanese 6 or equivalent)

    This fast-track course covers Levels 7 & 8 in one semester. Students will be introduced to the volitional form, and will learn to describe the giving and receiving of services (instead of goods). The structure for reporting hearsay (sou desu) will be practiced. The tara variation of conditional sentence structures will be taught. Transitive and intransitive verbs will be compared extensively, and honorific verbs will be introduced. Hazudesu (supposed to be the case) will be taught. Students will practice “extra-modest expressions” followed by “humble expressions.” Students will also study how to include a question as a part of a longer sentence such as “Do you know when David will go to Japan?”

    Required text: Genki II, 3rd Edition, (Ch. 15-20).  

  • Japanese 8-A

    Tuesdays, May 21—July 30, 6:30 – 8:20 pm ET
    (no class 5/28)
    ONLINE·10 classes·Momoyo Kitaura


    Japanese Level 8 Description
    (Prerequisite: Japanese 7 or equivalent)

    Transitive and intransitive verbs will be compared extensively, and honorific verbs will be introduced. Hazudesu (supposed to be the case) will be taught. Students will practice “extra-modest expressions” followed by “humble expressions.” Students will also study how to include a question as a part of a longer sentence such as “Do you know when David will go to Japan?”

    Required text: Genki II, 3rd Edition, (Ch. 18-20).

  • Japanese 8-B

    Fridays, May 24—August 2, 12 – 1:50 pm ET
    (no class 7/5)
    ONLINE·10 classes·Yumi Mori


    All Level 8 courses cover the same material. For course description, see Level 8-A above.  

  • Japanese 9-A

    Wednesdays, May 22—July 31, 6:30-8:20 pm ET
    (no class 6/19)
    ONLINE·10 classes·Atsuko Shio


    Japanese Level 9 Description (All sections)
    (Prerequisite: Japanese 8 or equivalent)

    This is the last level in which students learn essential grammar. Students will learn passive and causative sentence patterns along with other expressions, such as ba, noni and temo, to achieve more effective communication skills.

    Required text: Genki II, 3rd Edition, (Ch. 21-23).

  • Japanese 9-B

    Thursdays, May 23—August 1, 6:30 – 8:20 pm ET
    (no class 7/4)
    ONLINE·10 classes·Kazue Kurahara


    All Level 9 courses cover the same material. For course description, see Level 9-A above.

    9-B CLASS FULL; to be added to the waitlist, please email [email protected] or call 212-715-1269.

  • Japanese 9-C

    Mondays, May 20—July 29, 6:10 – 8 pm ET
    (no class 5/27)
    IN-PERSON·10 classes·Kenko Ogino


    All Level 9 courses cover the same material. For course description, see Level 9-A above.  

  • JLPT & Kanji N4

    Thursdays, May 23—August 1, 6:30-8:20 pm ET
    (no class 7/4)
    ONLINE·10 classes·Keiko Hama


    JLPT & Kanji N4 Description
    (Prerequisite: Japanese 8 or equivalent)

    This course is structured to help prepare students for the N4 level of the Japanese-Language Proficiency Test (JLPT), which requires knowledge of approximately 210 new kanji (in addition to the 120 required for N5). Students will focus on mastering some of these kanji for the N4 test, as well as study other JLPT N4 content such as reading comprehension, grammar, and vocabulary. This course is conducted almost entirely in Japanese. No textbook is required.

    No textbook required.  

  • Review: Genki II-A

    Fridays, May 24—August 2, 6:30-8:20 pm ET
    (no class 7/5)
    ONLINE·10 classes·Kazue Kurahara


    Review: Genki II Description (All sections)
    (Prerequisite: Japanese 9, or concurrently with Japanese 9, or equivalent.)

    There are certain grammar points that many intermediate-level students struggle with. This course offers a guided review on these notorious grammar points, including Causative-Passive, Transitive vs. Intransitive verbs, and Keigo. Students will be invited to dive into the mechanism as well as the psychology behind these grammar points through drills and speaking practice. This class will help to scatter away clouds of confusion students may have had for a long time. It will serve as a confidence booster on key grammar.

    This class will reinforce students’ understanding and usage of grammar points including:

    • Week 1: Particles
    • Week 2: Transitive vs. Intransitive
    • Week 3: Conditional: 〜たら、〜と、〜ば、〜なら
    • Week 4: Doing a favor: 〜てあげる、〜てもらう、〜てくれる
    • Week 5: Passive & Causative-Passive
    • Week 6: Noun modifiers
    • Week 7: Conjecture: 〜だろう、〜かも知れない、〜らしい、〜ようだ、〜はずだ、〜みたいだ
    • Week 8: Honorifics: 尊敬語、謙譲語
    • Week 9 & 10: Semester Review, Q&A

    The Genki II textbook content will be referenced, but no textbook is required.

  • Review: Genki II-B

    Mondays, May 20—July 29, 12 – 1:50 pm ET
    (no class 5/27)
    ONLINE·10 classes·Atsuko Shio


    All Review: Genki II courses cover the same material. For course description, see Review: Genki II-A above.

    Review: Genki II-B CANCELLED.  

  • Conversation & Culture

    Wednesdays, May 22—July 31, 6:30-8:20 pm ET
    (no class 6/19)
    ONLINE·10 classes·Rika Kobayashi


    Conversation & Culture Description
    (Prerequisite: Japanese 9, or equivalent)

    The goal for this course is to develop Japanese speaking skills using essential grammar and sentences. Through reading, watching videos, and engaging in conversation, students will further their cultural understanding of Japan. Topics may include onomatopoeia, tea ceremony, J-pop, concept cafés, Japanese idols, seasonal events such as ohina-sama, etc. There will also be a focus on levels of formality in spoken Japanese, where students will participate in interactive dialogues and create their own conversations using key phrases and expressions, including honorific speech (keigo). This course is recommended for students who have completed Level 9 or are at Level 10 and wish to practice their Japanese skills without necessarily learning more advanced grammar structures. This course is conducted mainly in Japanese other than grammar explanations, depending on the students in the class. It utilizes NHK’s Easy Japanese for Work in alternating semesters of odd and even lessons, and this semester will cover the odd lessons.

    No textbook required.  

  • Naturally Speaking

    Tuesdays, May 21—July 30, 12 – 1:50 pm ET
    (no class 5/28)
    IN-PERSON·10 classes·Kaori Murata


    Naturally Speaking Description
    (Prerequisite: Japanese 9, or equivalent)

    This course is recommended for students who wish to practice thinking and conversing in Japanese, without necessarily learning more advanced grammar structures. The required textbook supplements Japanese written text with romaji and kana, allowing for focus on the usability of the language rather than getting thrown by difficult kanji or reading. The content of this course will be tailored to the interests of the students, who will select from a curated list of everyday situations to explore, such as: at a restaurant, new roommate, I found a kitten, choosing a new car, annoying neighbors, etc. Each week, students will work in pairs to study the grammar, vocabulary, and expressions used and then will recreate the dialogues in their own words. By starting to think in Japanese and connect with the language on a deeper, more nuanced level, students will gain skills to become more naturally speaking.

    Required Text: Essential Japanese Grammar: A Comprehensive Guide to Contemporary Usage  

  • JLPT & Kanji N3

    Tuesdays, May 21—July 30, 6:30 – 8:20 pm ET
    (no class 5/28)
    ONLINE·10 classes·Keiko Hama


    JLPT & Kanji N3 Description
    (Recommended for students considering Level 10, or taking with Level 10 concurrently, or equivalent)

    This course is structured to help prepare students for the N3 level of the Japanese-Language Proficiency Test (JLPT), which requires knowledge of approximately 350 new kanji (in addition to the 330 required for N4 and N5). Students will focus on mastering some of these kanji for the N3 test, as well as study other JLPT N3 content such as reading comprehension, grammar, and vocabulary. This course is conducted in Japanese.

    No textbook required.  

  • Japanese 10-A (Part 2)

    Mondays, May 20—July 29, 6:30–8:20 pm ET
    (no class 5/27)
    ONLINE·10 classes·Mari Nakamura


    Japanese Level 10 (Part 2) Description (All sections)
    (Prerequisite: level 9 or equivalent)

    For students who feel secure with the Genki II textbook content, 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. Speaking practice will also be emphasized. This course is designed to provide students with the necessary tools to move up to Level 11.

    Level 10 is offered in four 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. It is recommended that all four parts be taken at least once before moving to Level 11. Click here to see schedule of Level 10 Parts.

    Required Text: An Integrated Approach to Intermediate Japanese (Revised Edition), (Part 2: Lessons 5-8)

    10-A (Part 2) CLASS FULL; to be added to the waitlist, please email [email protected] or call 212-715-1269.

  • Japanese 10-B (Part 2)

    Tuesdays, May 21—July 30, 6:30-8:20 pm ET
    (no class 5/28)
    ONLINE·10 classes·Atsuko Shio


    All Level 10 (Part 2) courses cover the same material. For course description, see Level 10-A (Part 2) above.

  • Japanese 10-C (Part 2)

    Thursdays, May 23—August 1, 6:30 – 8:20 pm ET
    (no class 7/4)
    ONLINE·10 classes·Atsuko Shio


    All Level 10 (Part 2) courses cover the same material. For course description, see Level 10-A (Part 2) above.

  • Japanese 10-D (Part 2)

    Fridays, May 24—August 2, 12 – 1:50 pm ET
    (no class 7/5)
    ONLINE·10 classes·Kazue Kurahara


    All Level 10 (Part 2) courses cover the same material. For course description, see Level 10-A (Part 2) above.  

  • Special Topic Japanese 10-E: Japan Right Now

    Thursdays, May 23—August 1, 12-1:50 pm ET
    (no class 7/4)
    ONLINE·10 classes·Kazue Kurahara


    Special Topic Level 10: Japan Right Now Description
    (Recommended for students who have taken Level 10 at least once, or equivalent)

    Japan Right Now: This class will examine aspects of today’s Japanese society and culture through the latest news. Students will read articles on NHK News Web Easy and actively discuss them. The original articles written with advanced vocabulary and grammar may also be introduced. There will be listening exercises through video clips. For a sample of course material from a previous semester, please see here.

    This class is ideal if you want to reinforce any of the following skills:

    • Reading comprehension
    • Discussion skill
    • Vocabulary building
    • Kanji building and refresher
    • Listening comprehension
    • Learning about Japanese society

    No textbook required.

  • Special Topic Japanese 10-F: Japan Right Now

    Tuesdays, May 21—July 30, 6:10-8 pm ET
    (no class 5/28)
    IN-PERSON·10 classes·Yumiko Kakutani


    For course description, see Level 10-E: Japan Right Now above.  

  • Special Topic Japanese 10-G: Folk Tales

    Tuesdays, May 21—July 30, 12 – 1:50 pm ET
    (no class 5/28)
    ONLINE·10 classes·Kazue Kurahara


    Special Topic Level 10: Folk Tales Description
    (Recommended for students who have taken Level 10 at least once, or equivalent)

    Folk Tales: Students will read classic Japanese folk tales such as Momotaro, Urashima Taro, and Crane’s Return of a Favor. Not only are they entertaining, they are also useful in providing common cultural references for conversation. Central to these stories is a moral message, reflecting the long-standing cultural virtues that are deeply ingrained in Japanese society. In addition, students will read some of the world’s classic folk tales by Aesop, Andersen, and Grimm in Japanese. There will be lively discussions on the central themes, cultural comparison, and literary techniques. This course will be conducted in a mixture of Japanese and English.

    No textbook required.  

  • Japanese 11-A

    Wednesdays, May 22—July 31, 6:30-8:20 pm ET
    (no class 6/19)
    ONLINE·10 classes·Yuko Aizawa


    Japanese Level 11 Description (All sections)
    (Prerequisite: minimum of four semesters of Japanese 10 (textbook course), or equivalent. Recognition of approximately 500 kanji recommended)

    Looking at culture and current topics, students will use real-life sources, somewhat modified, to continue to increase their knowledge of written and spoken Japanese. Vocabulary and common expressions will be emphasized. Students will study and discuss Japanese culture at a deeper level. For a sample of course material from a previous semester, please see here.

    No textbook required.

  • Japanese 11-B

    Fridays, May 24—August 2, 12 – 1:50 pm ET
    (no class 7/5)
    ONLINE·10 classes·Keiko Hama


    For course description, see Level 11-A above.  

  • Special Topic Japanese 11-C: The Art of Zatsudan

    Tuesdays, May 21—July 30, 6:10 – 8 pm ET
    (no class 5/28)
    IN-PERSON·10 classes·Yoko Sakurai


    Special Topic Japanese Level 11: The Art of Zatsudan Description
    (Prerequisite: minimum of four semesters of Japanese 10 (textbook course) or equivalent)

    The Art of Zatsudan: In this course, you will learn how to expand on 雑談 (zatsudan = chit chat, chatting), which plays a crucial role in fostering positive relationships. We will cover various popular topics such as music, movies, hobbies, and food, allowing you to review and acquire vocabulary, expressions, and grammar necessary for successful zatsudan. Additionally, we will explore effective communication strategies and appropriate language usage tailored to various relationships. This course offers an excellent opportunity for learners seeking to enhance their conversational skills in Japanese.

    No textbook required.  

    11-C: the Art of Zatsudan CLASS FULL; to be added to the waitlist, please email [email protected] or call 212-715-1269.

  • JLPT & Kanji N2

    Fridays, May 24—August 2, 6:30-8:20 pm ET
    (no class 7/5)
    ONLINE·10 classes·Yuko Aizawa


    JLPT & Kanji N2 Description
    (Recommended for students at Japanese 11, or equivalent)

    This course is structured to help prepare students for the N2 level of the Japanese-Language Proficiency Test (JLPT), which requires knowledge of approximately 500 new kanji (in addition to the 680 required for N3 – N5). Students will focus on mastering some of these kanji for the N2 test, as well as study other JLPT N2 content such as reading comprehension, grammar, and vocabulary. This course is conducted in Japanese.

    No textbook required.  

  • Special Topic Japanese 12-A: Japanese Drama

    Tuesdays, May 21—July 30, 6:30-8:20 pm ET
    (no class 5/28)
    ONLINE·10 classes·Kazue Kurahara


    Special Topic Japanese Level 12: Japanese Drama Description
    (Prerequisite: Japanese 11 or equivalent)

    Japanese Drama: Students will watch episodes of a Japanese TV series and actively discuss the themes, language nuances, and specific cultural references. Non-traditional aspects such as slang and regionalisms will be analyzed in detail. This summer 2024 we’ll watch the second season of phenomenal TV drama きのう何食べた? This course will be conducted in Japanese.

    No textbook required.  

  • Japanese 13-A

    Thursdays, May 23—August 1, 6:30-8:20 pm ET
    (no class 7/4)
    ONLINE·10 classes·Yuko Aizawa


    Japanese Level 13 Description
    (Prerequisite: Japanese 12 or equivalent, and have passed JLPT N2 or equivalent knowledge. Students should recognize at least 1,200 kanji.)

    The highest level for those at near native proficiency. Looking at culture and current topics, there will be extended discussions about current events from TV programs and articles to increase knowledge of useful advanced vocabulary for oral communication. Movies and dramas will be used to learn current expressions and idioms. For a sample of course material from a previous semester, please see here.

    No textbook required.  

  • JLPT & Kanji N1

    Fridays, May 24—August 2, 6:30-8:20 pm ET
    (no class 7/5)
    ONLINE·10 classes·Yumiko Kakutani


    JLPT & Kanji N1 Description
    (Prerequisite: Japanese 12 or equivalent)

    This course is structured to help prepare students for the N1 level of the Japanese-Language Proficiency Test (JLPT), which requires knowledge of approximately 940 new kanji (in addition to the 1,180 required for N2 – N5). Students will focus on mastering some of these kanji for the N1 test, as well as study other JLPT N1 content such as reading comprehension, grammar, and vocabulary. This course is conducted in Japanese.

    No textbook required.

    Tuition

    Early Registration Discount: through Wed., May 1, 2024

    10-Class Courses
    Non-members: $320
    Japan Society members: $280

    20-Class Courses
    Non-members: $530
    Japan Society members: $470

    Regular Tuition: starting Thurs., May 2, 2024

    10-Class Courses
    Non-members: $330
    Japan Society members: $290

    20-Class Courses
    Non-members: $550
    Japan Society members: $480

    To purchase or renew a membership, please visit the Membership page and pay online, or, call 212-715-1270.

    To enroll in two or more courses at the combined discount (20-class course price), please call (212) 715-1269 or (212) 715-1293. Discount is applicable when enrolling in two or more 10-class courses within the 2024 Summer Japanese courses only.

    Take Japanese Calligraphy, and save! Register for both Japanese and Shodo (Japanese calligraphy), and receive a discount: $15 off Shodo for Beginners, or $30 off all other Shodo Courses. Both courses must be within the 2024 Summer semester. Registration must be completed by phone at 212-715-1269 and requested at the time of registration for discount to be applied.

     

    How to Register

    Classes fill up quickly! To guarantee a seat in the class, please register as soon as possible.

    Please register by Thursday, May 16, 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. Students with some background should refer to the Japanese Level Guide 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 Senior Director. Please email [email protected] to schedule.

    Registration is accepted online (preferred), by phone at (212) 715-1269 or (212) 715-1293, or in-person (please inquire for hours).

    Registrants will receive a Welcome Email and Zoom link from [email protected] on:

    • the afternoon of Friday, May 17, 2024 (for classes beginning on Monday, May 20)
    • the afternoon of Monday, May 20, 2024 (for classes beginning on Tuesday, May 21)
    • the afternoon of Tuesday, May 21, 2024 (for classes beginning on Wednesday, May 22)
    • the afternoon of Wednesday, May 22, 2024 (for classes beginning on Thursday, May 23)
    • the afternoon of Thursday, May 23, 2024 (for classes beginning on Friday, May 24)

    For more information, please email us at [email protected], or call (212) 715-1269 or (212) 715-1293.

     

    About Online Courses

    Please follow your course schedule as much as possible. If you miss a class, please review any material you missed so that you do not fall behind in the course. Regular practice is important when learning a new language.

    In addition, if you will miss a class, it may also be possible to arrange a make-up class in a different online or in-person section in the same semester. Ideally, this should be scheduled for the same material/class as your missed class, but please note that options may be limited. When possible, please reach out to schedule these in advance as slots are first come, first served. More information on how to schedule a make-up class will be provided in the Welcome Email.

    Our classes are structured to be interactive and participatory, and you will get the most out of your classes if you can participate by both microphone and video whenever possible. We hope you will participate to whatever degree that you can, even when full engagement is not possible. Please communicate with your instructor about any needs/changes to your attendance and degree of participation (mic/video use ability, missing class, etc.).

     

    About In-Person Courses

    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.

    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.

    Please follow your course schedule as much as possible. If you miss a class, please review any material you missed so that you do not fall behind in the course. Regular practice is important when learning a new language.

    In addition, if you will miss a class, it may also be possible to arrange a make-up class in a different online or in-person section in the same semester. Ideally, this should be scheduled for the same material/class as your missed class, but please note that options may be limited. When possible, please reach out to schedule these in advance as slots are first come, first served. More information on how to schedule a make-up class will be provided in the Welcome Email.

    Our classes are structured to be interactive and participatory. Please communicate with your instructor about any needs/changes to your attendance and degree of participation.

     

    Additional Information

    Cancellation Policy: Cancellations are accepted until 12 pm ET on the business day before the course or workshop begins (for online Shodo courses, 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.

    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.

    Required Textbooks

    Please do your best to have your textbook by the first day of the course.

    The following textbooks are required. A limited supply of textbooks is 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.

    If your course is not listed, there is no required textbook.


    Levels 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 1&2, 3&4, and 5&6 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 5&6 students: you will need to purchase the Genki II textbook about halfway through the semester.


    Levels 6, 7, 8, 9, 5&6, and 7&8 students:
    GENKI II (An Integrated Course in Elementary Japanese) (3rd Edition)

    published by The Japan Times | ISBN: 978-4789017329

    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.


    Naturally Speaking
    Essential Japanese Grammar: A Comprehensive Guide to Contemporary Usage

    by Masahiro Tanimoro, Eriko Sato

    published by Tuttle Publishing | ISBN: 978-4805311172

    Not available for purchase at Japan Society.


    Level 10 Students:
    An Integrated Approach to Intermediate Japanese (Revised Edition)

    published by The Japan Times | ISBN: 978-4789013079

    Price at Japan Society: $42

    Instructors

    Yuko Aizawa

    Yuko Aizawa

    Yuko Aizawa has taught at the Sendagaya Japanese Institute in Tokyo, Japan and at the Royal Hawaiian Academy in the United States…

    Learn More
    Yukari Aoki

    Yukari Aoki

    Yukari Aoki holds a MA in Education and Human Development from George Washington University and in Teaching Japanese…

    Learn More
    Keiko Hama

    Keiko Hama

    Keiko Hama holds a MA in Japanese Sociology and German Pedagogical Linguistics from the University of Heidelberg. She has…

    Learn More
    Yumiko Kakutani

    Yumiko Kakutani

    Yumiko Kakutani has a BA in French Literature from Keio University in Tokyo and is a graduate of Japan Society’s Teacher Training Program…

    Learn More
    Momoyo Kitaura

    Momoyo Kitaura

    Momoyo Kitaura has a BA from Tokyo Woman’s Christian University. She has been a certified Oral Proficiency…

    Learn More
    Rika Kobayashi

    Rika Kobayashi

    Rika Kobayashi has a master’s degree in Japanese Pedagogy from Columbia University Graduate School and holds…

    Learn More
    Mana Kobuchi

    Mana Kobuchi

    Mana Kobuchi grew up in Fukuoka City and began her Japanese teaching career in Tokyo. Later she moved..

    Learn More
    Kazue Kurahara

    Kazue Kurahara

    Kazue Kurahara received her BA at Hunter College and an MA in TESOL and Teaching Japanese as a Foreign Language from New York University…

    Learn More
    Yumi Mori

    Yumi Mori

    Yumi Mori holds a BA in Law from Sophia University in Tokyo. She is a graduate of Japan Society’s Teacher Training Program…

    Learn More
    Kaori Murata

    Kaori Murata

    Kaori Murata received her BA in Linguistics from the University of Tsukuba and MA degree from New York University…

    Learn More
    Mari Nakamura

    Mari Nakamura

    Mari Nakamura has an MA in Linguistics from The Ohio State University and has taught Japanese for 25 years at universities…

    Learn More
    Mami Nakanishi

    Mami Nakanishi

    Mami Nakanishi has a BA in Literature from Sophia University in Tokyo. She is a graduate of Japan Society’s Teacher..

    Learn More
    Kenko Ogino

    Kenko Ogino

    Kenko Ogino has been teaching Japanese for eleven years. She holds a BA in English Literature from Atomi Gakuen Women’s University…

    Learn More
    Yoko Sakurai

    Yoko Sakurai

    Yoko Sakurai holds an MA in Applied Linguistics and Teaching Japanese as a Foreign Language from…

    Learn More
    Kaoru Shinohara

    Kaoru Shinohara

    Kaoru Shinohara holds a BA in Literature from Waseda University and a BA from Soka University through their Japanese Language…

    Learn More
    Atsuko Shio

    Atsuko Shio

    Atsuko Shio has a BS in Pharmaceutical Sciences from Hoshi University in Tokyo. She has over 12 years of experience…

    Learn More
    Yukie Yamaguchi

    Yukie Yamaguchi

    Yukie Yamaguchi has a BA in Foreign Languages (specializing in English) from Bukkyo University in Kyoto…

    Learn More

      Japan Society programs are made possible by leadership support from Booth Ferris Foundation and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature. 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.