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 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 Spring 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. Each class meets twice a week for a total of 18 hours of instruction.

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

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 Spring Schedule
Japanese, Shodo, English, Teacher Training

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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We have been actively assessing the status of COVID-19, and consequently have decided to conduct the Late Spring Japanese language courses online. This includes all Conversational Japanese courses and the Level 1, 2, & 10 Japanese courses. Late Spring Shodo courses are canceled.

These virtual online classes will use an app called Zoom, which you must access via a smart phone, tablet or computer with internet connection. Please note that all times listed are New York time (ET/UTC-04:00).

Please visit your desired course webpage for further details. We hope to return to in-person classes as soon as it is safe to do so.

Last updated 3/26/2020.

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, Richard Chang, Kurumi Fukushima, Steven Giordano, Albert Lash, 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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