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



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.

Winter Japanese (Level 1)
The course is designed to introduce elementary Japanese to students with no previous background in the language. Basic vocabulary, grammar and sentence structures will be taught in romaji (Japanese written phonetically in the Roman alphabet) so students can carry on a simple conversation. Hiragana and some introductory kanji will be introduced.

Winter 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.

Winter 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. Students at any level from beginner to advanced are welcome to register.

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

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!

FAQs
—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.

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Visitor Information

Location

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
language@japansociety.org

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