Language Center

Japan Society’s Language Center offers a variety of courses, workshops, and weekend intensives throughout the year in Japanese language and shodo (Japanese calligraphy), among other special courses. Founded in 1972, we are the premier Japanese language center in New York City. We hope you will study with us!

Upcoming Courses

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

Summer Weekend Japanese
These concentrated courses are designed to teach beginners basic Japanese.

Summer Shodo (Japanese Calligraphy)
This course, featuring kana or kanji emphasis, consists of self-study, instructor-student dialogue, and instructor demonstration.

Mid-Summer English
Beginner and intermediate/advanced English as a Second Language (ESL) conversation classes. 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.

Late Summer Japanese: Levels 1, 2 & 10
Levels 1, 2 & and 10 are offered in late Summer 2020, emphasizing conversation, listening, reading and writing.

Late Summer Conversational Japanese
The curriculum is conversation-intensive, with the aim of strengthening the student’s ability to communicate effectively in social situations. The course materials will emphasize vocabulary and grammar that are useful in everyday activities.

Getting Started

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

2020 Yearly Language Center Schedule
See what the Language Center is offering in 2020!

2020 Summer Japanese Course Schedule

2020 Late Summer Course Schedule

Instructors & Staff
Meet our teachers!

See our Frequently Asked Questions for answers to your registration questions.

Video Lessons

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Upcoming Events & Workshops

Free Course for Teen Children of Frontline Workers

Support for Japan Society's Language Center is provided, in part, by Mark F. Goldfield and Ms. Mary E. Hatch, Christopher Hong, Kurumi Fukushima, Steven Giordano, James Read Levy, and Dr. Bic Kanayjorn.

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Visitor Information

Japan Society Language Center and C.V. Starr Library
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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