Language Center

Language Center

Language Center

Founded in 1972, the Japan Society Language Center is the premier Japanese language center in New York City, offering 13 comprehensive levels and six semesters each year. Also offered are specialized language and culture courses and workshops including Shodo courses which introduce the art of Japanese calligraphy, a Teacher Training program providing the tools for teaching Japanese, and English language classes uniquely created for Japanese native speakers.

Named by New York Magazine as one of the Best Language Classes in New York!


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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Japanese-Language Teacher Training


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English for Japanese Native Speakers


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Japanese for Teens

Language courses for students in middle and high school. Beginners and experienced students welcomed.

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Getting Started

Japanese Level Guide (Numbered Levels)
Japanese Level Guide (Conversational Levels)

See what the Language Center is offering yearly at a glance:
Language Center Yearly Schedule

About Us

Meet the Language Center instructors and staff:
Instructors & Staff


Become a Japan Society member and enjoy up to 15% off on Japanese language classes as well as access to other members-only exclusives.


Top Image: Daphne Youree.

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.