Language Center


Language Center

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!

2015 Language Schedule
—schedule for Japanese, Shodo, English, Teacher Training, and more for 2015!

New! Anime Course

Structured for high school students and fans of Japanese animation, this course will use various popular anime as a medium to introduce students to basic vocabulary, elementary conversation, and simple sentence structures. This course is offered as part of Summer Japanese.

Click here for more information!

New! Special Workshops for Advanced Students

Calling all Advanced Japanese Language Learners! These workshops offer the unique opportunity to explore the three Stories from the War theatrical presentations and the stories behind these powerful works through original scripts, the plays themselves and intimate discussions with special guests. Each workshop will consist of two class sessions and the theatrical performance.

Final Language Workshop: Noh and Nagasaki

May 16–17

Stories from the War Series<br><em>Noh and Nagasaki</em> Language Workshop

Important note: Our classes fill up quickly. We strongly recommend that you register early. Register online, or call the Language Center at 212-715-1256 or email

Open Courses

Spring 2015 Conversational Japanese
These courses are conversation-intensive, with the aim of strengthening the student’s ability to communicate effectively in social situations.

Spring 2015 Open Level Shodo
These hands-on workshop classes will introduce the techniques of shodō, an art form using a brush and charcoal ink on paper, wood plaques, and fabric. 

Early Summer 2015 English
Thirty hours of beginner, intermediate, and intermediate/advanced English as a Second Language (ESL) conversation.

Summer 2015 Japanese
Thirteen levels of Japanese, from beginning to advanced, emphasize conversation, listening, reading and writing. Kanji courses and specialized courses are also offered.

*NEW: Summer 2015 Shodo for Children*
In these hands-on workshops, children ages 7-12 will experience the calligraphic art of shodō using a brush and ink on paper.

Summer 2015 Shodo
These hands-on workshop classes will introduce the techniques of shodō, an art form using a brush and charcoal ink on paper, wood plaques, and fabric. 

Summer 2015 Rodoku

Summer 2015 Hiragana and Katakana 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.

Spring 2015 Intensive Japanese Weekend
These concentrated courses are designed to teach beginners basic conversational skills. Registration is closed.

Spring 2015 Japanese-Language Teacher Training
Japan Society will offer a 30-hour intensive teacher training session for native or fluent speakers of Japanese. Registration is closed.

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!

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Support for Japan Society's Language Center is provided, in part, by Mr. Tony T. Fujita, Mr. Mark F. Goldfield and Ms. Mary E. Hatch, Mr. Steven Giordano, Mr. Shinjiro Tsutsui, and Mr. Alex York.

All photos © George Hirose.

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