Language Center


Language Center

Welcome to the Language Center!

Due to the inclement weather, Japan Society Language Classes are cancelled on Monday, January 26 and Tuesday, January 27. Classes are rescheduled and will meet at the same times on Wednesday, January 28th.

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)

New! Anime Courses

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 structure. Anime Courses are part of our Spring Japanese courses.

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

The Life of Yokohama Merii Language Workshop
April 24–26

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

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.  Registration is closed.

Upcoming Language Center Events

    • Nihongo Chat
      Language Center Event

      Nihongo Chat

      Tuesday, February 17, 6 PM
    • Nihongo Chat
      Language Center Event

      Nihongo Chat

      Monday, March 23, 6 PM

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!

More Videos

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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