Language Center

Toyota Language Center Overview

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. Regular course offerings include:

Intensive Japanese Weekend Courses
Four-day intensive weekend courses offer “total immersion” in beginning Japanese and are designed to teach basic conversation skills.

Learn to Read Hiragana & Katakana
Mini-workshops teach beginning students the two Japanese syllabaries; hiragana and katakana.

Japanese Language Classes
Twelve levels of Japanese, from beginner to advanced, emphasize conversation, listening, reading and writing. Three kanji courses and one advanced reading course are also offered.

Conversational Japanese
Intensive Japanese conversation courses designed to strengthen students’ abilities to communicate effectively in both business and social situations. 

Shodo: Japanese Calligraphy
Five levels of hands-on workshops teach the techniques of shodo, Japanese calligraphy. Two weekend courses are also offered to students at all levels.

English Conversation Courses
Three levels of English conversation courses geared toward native Japanese speakers.

Japanese-Language Teacher Training Course
An introductory Japanese-language teaching program for native and fluent speakers, this course covers the essential teaching skills needed to teach Japanese in classroom or individual settings.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I know what level to register for?
If you are an absolute beginner of Japanese, please register for a level 1 course. If you have some previous experience, please consult our Japanese Level Guide, which outlines the material covered in each level. If you have any further questions, please call the office at 212-715-1256 or email us at

How can I register?

You can register online, over the phone by calling our office at 212-715-1256, email your registration to, or mail your registration to Japan Society, 333 East 47th Street, New York, NY 10017, Attn: Toyota Language Center. You can register online for all classes unless otherwise noted. Please call or email us if you have any questions about registration. Once you are registered, you will receive confirmation by letter, email or phone.

What are your office hours?

The Toyota Language Center office hours are 10:30 am–6:30 pm, Monday-Friday. Please leave a message if you do not reach us, and we will return your call as soon as possible. For Box Office, Gallery, or Business Hours, please visit the Japan Society homepage.

I want to become a Japan Society member. How can I do this?

At the Toyota Language Center, we can register you for a membership at the same time that you register for a class—just let us know! You are also welcome to become a member online. As a member, you will receive the member tuition discount on classes, among other events, at Japan Society.

I have already paid and registered for my class, but I need to drop out. What is the cancellation policy?
Tuition is non-refundable and non-transferable for any reason after 12 pm one business day before a class series starts. Please see the Course Description and Registration form for deadlines. All refunds are subject to a $20 service charge, including those by the deadline day. No partial registration or auditing is permitted. Cancellations are accepted by phone or in person only. We do not accept email cancellations. Japan Society also reserves the right to cancel any course if sufficient enrollment is not obtained. In such cases, those students already enrolled will receive full refunds (no service charge).

Can I sign up for private lessons?

Please contact the office at or (212) 715-1256 to inquire about private lesson availability. 

Do you have classes for children?

We offer Anime classes where students can learn beginning Japanese (as a part of the Japanese Courses), structured for high school students as well as anime fans.  We also offer Shodo for Children, which are calligraphy workshops for children ages 7-12. Japan Society also hosts a variety of events and festivals throughout the year with activities for children. Please check the Japan Society website or calendar for upcoming events.

Can I receive foreign language credit for my college by taking your courses?
Japan Society is not an accredited learning institution, and we do not grade our students. But it is up to your school whether they will receive our courses as credit.

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