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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 you should take!

Instructors & Staff—meet our teachers!

2014 Language Schedule—schedule for Japanese, Shodo, English, Teacher Training, and more for 2014! (as of 7/2014)


Open Courses

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

Spring 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. 

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

Spring 2015 Hiragana and Katakana Workshops
Mini-workshops which offer the beginning student of Japanese an opportunity to improve reading proficiency of the two Japanese syllabaries.

Spring 2015 Rodoku
トヨタ語学センターでは、フジテレビの阿部知代氏を迎え、「朗読: 美しい日本語を話す・読む」を新しく開講いたします。現職アナウンサーから日本語発声術を学べるこの機会をぜひご利用ください. 

Winter Holiday 2014 Shodo: Japanese Calligraphy
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. 
Registration is closed.

WINTER HOLIDAY 2014 CONVERSATIONAL JAPANESE
Conversation-intensive Japanese courses with an emphasis on communicating effectively in both business and social situations. The materials used will emphasize vocabulary and grammar useful in everyday activities. 

Registration is closed.



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

Stories from the War Workshops

The Toyota Language Center offers a series of workshops for advanced Japanese language learners surrounding the three Stories from the War theatrical presentations offered this season. Each workshop will consist of two class sessions and the theatrical performance. In the class sessions, students will explore a range of topics relating to the productions through media, the original scripts and plays, and discussions with special guests. Workshops are open to students who are in Japanese levels 12-13 and/or Kanji 3-4 or have the equivalent level of proficiency.

The Story of Tokyo Rose Language Workshop
January 30–Feb 1

The Life of Yokohama Merii Language Workshop
April 24–26

Noh and Nagasaki Language Workshop
May 15–17



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 language_inquiries@japansociety.org

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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, and Mr. Shinjiro Tsutsui.

All photos © George Hirose.

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