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

Late Spring Conversational Japanese
These conversation-intensive courses aim to strengthten Japanese language students' ability to communicate in social situations. Each class meets twice a week. Special courses include Anime and Business topics. Register now.

Late Spring Japanese Levels 1, 2, 10
Japanese Levels 1 and 2 for beginners and Level 10 for advanced intermediate students are offered. Register now.

Late Spring Shodo Courses
These hands-on classes will explore the techniques of shodō (Japanese calligraphy). Courses include Shodo for Beginners, and Kana or Kanji emphasis courses for students with some previous Japanese calligraphy experience. All courses will consist of self-study, instructor-student dialogue, and instructor demonstration. Register now.

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 Anime, are also offered. Register now.

Early Summer English
Beginner and intermediate/advanced English as a Second Language (ESL) conversation. 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。Register now.

Getting Started

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

2021 Yearly Language Center Schedule
See what the Language Center is offering in 2021!

2020 Winter Course Schedule

2021 Spring Course Schedule

Instructors & Staff
Meet our teachers!

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

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Upcoming Events & Workshops

Support for Japan Society's Toyota Language Center is provided, in part, by the NYC COVID-19 Response and Impact Fund in The New York Community Trust; Mark F. Goldfield and Mary E. Hatch; Christopher Hong; Steven Giordano; The Japan Foundation, Los Angeles; and Dr. Bic Kanayjorn.

The New York Community Trust

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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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