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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!

2015 Language Schedule—schedule for Japanese, Shodo, English, Teacher Training, and more for 2015! (as of 1/2015)


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.

The Story of Tokyo Rose Language Workshop
January 30–Feb 1    Registration is closed.

The Life of Yokohama Merii Language Workshop
April 25–26

Noh and Nagasaki Language Workshop
May 15–17

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 language_inquiries@japansociety.org

Open Courses

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

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 Shodo
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. 

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

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

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. 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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