Language Center

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!

Upcoming Courses

Late-Spring Conversational Japanese
These courses are 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.

Thirty hours of beginner and intermediate/advanced English as a Second Language (ESL) conversation. These classes are specifically designed for Japanese natives living in the New York metropolitan area. 30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。

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

Summer Shodo
In this open level workshop, beginners will learn the brush strokes used in basic kanji, and more advanced students will have the opportunity to hone their skills.

Getting Started

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

2018 Language Center Schedule
Schedule for Japanese, Shodo, English, Teacher Training, and more in 2018!

Instructors & Staff
Meet our teachers!

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

Video Lessons

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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Upcoming Events & Workshops

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

Photos © George Hirose.

Calendar of Events

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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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