Language Center

Founded in 1972, Japan Society’s Language Center is the premiere venue for learning Japanese in New York City.

Japan Society’s Language Center offers 13 comprehensive levels of Japanese as well as JLPT prep, kanji and specialized courses. Additional courses include shodo (Japanese calligraphy), English conversation (ESL), a Japanese-language teacher training program, and workshops for travelers, business etiquette, and Japanese writing systems. Beyond the 220 classes offered each year, monthly conversation exchange events offer a unique space for practicing Japanese and English and learning about culture.

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Japanese Language

Beginner to advanced courses led by highly experienced instructors.

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Shodo (Japanese Calligraphy)

Small group courses designed for all levels.

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Workshops & Events

Explore hiragana, kanji, trial lessons and more.

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日本語教師養成講座

実践重視のコースで日本語教授法の基礎スキルを学びましょう。

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日本人対象英会話

日英バイリンガルの大人気アメリカ人講師・ベン先生による日本語話者対象の英会話。

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Japanese for Youth

Language courses for students ages 12 to 15.

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Language Center

Founded in 1972, we are the premiere Japanese language center in New York City. Explore and learn Japanese language, shodo (calligraphy), English, and other special courses at the JS Language Center. Come study with us! Ganbarimashou!

Our Sponsors

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.