Language Center

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Japan Society’s 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!


Hiragana, Katakana and Kanji Workshops
These mini-workshops will help beginning students master the two Japanese syllabaries, hiragana and katakana. A Kanji workshop will also be offered this spring to introduce the fundamental concepts of the kanji structure, bushu (radicals), on & kun readings and more.

Spring Japanese
Thirteen levels of Japanese are offered this spring, from beginner to advanced, emphasizing conversation, listening, reading and writing. Four Kanji courses and other specialized courses, such as J-Drama and Anime, are also offered.

Spring Shodo
These hands-on workshops will introduce the techniques of Shodō, an art form using a brush and charcoal ink on paper, wood plaques, and fabric. Students at any level from beginner to advanced are welcome to register and Japanese language skills are not required.

Spring English
Thirty-eight hours of beginner and intermediate/advanced English as a Second Language (ESL) conversation. 38時間にわたる初級及び中/上級英語学習者を対象にした日本人向け英会話教室。

Teacher Training Program: Intermediate
An intensive training session for native or fluent speakers of Japanese, this course is a follow-up for those who have either taken the introductory teacher training course or have had some experience teaching Japanese. This course focuses on how to teach advanced-beginner to intermediate-level Japanese.

Getting Started

Japanese Level Guide—find out which level of study is for you!

Instructors & Staff—meet our teachers!

2017 Language Center Schedule
—schedule for Japanese, Shodo, English, Teacher Training, and more for 2017!

—see our Frequently Asked Questions for answers to your registration questions!

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.

See All Uki Uki - NihonGo + Culture Videos →

Language Videos
Support for Japan Society's Toyota Language Center is provided, in part, by Mark F. Goldfield and Mary E. Hatch, William K. Tomita, Mr. Shinjiro Tsutsui, and Dr. Bic Kanayjorn.

All photos © George Hirose.

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Japan Society: Language Center and C.V. Starr Library A-Level

333 East 47th Street
New York, NY 10017

Language Center Hours:
Monday–Friday, 10:30 AM – 6:30 PM
Phone: (212) 715-1269

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