Language Center

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!

Open Courses

Shodo: Japanese Calligraphy
These hands-on workshops will introduce the techniques of shodō (Japanese calligraphy). Students at any level are welcome, and Japanese language skills are not required.

Japanese Courses
Thirteen levels of Japanese are offered this fall, from beginner to advanced, emphasizing conversation, listening, reading and writing. Four JLPT courses and other specialized courses, such as Anime and Breaking News in Japan are also offered.

Business Etiquette
Learn basic Japanese phrases and behavioral skills needed in Japanese corporate environments, including practical expressions, business card exchange, proper bowing and more.

English Conversation
Beginner and intermediate/advanced English as a Second Language (ESL) conversation. 日本人の学習者向けに作られた初級、及び中/上級の英会話教室です。

A Crash Course for Travelers to Japan
A quick introduction to Japanese as well as Japanese customs, helpful for first-time and veteran travelers to Japan alike. Participants learn basic Japanese phrases for greeting, ordering food, shopping and other aspects of daily life.

Intensive Japanese Weekend
These concentrated, four-day courses are designed to teach beginners basic conversational skills. They will be useful to people with traveling or schedule conflicts, or those who were too late to register or missed too many of our regular classes.

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.

Calendar of Events

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Visitor Information


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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