Language Center

2020 Late Spring Japanese: Levels 1, 2, & 10

Updated 3/24/2020: These courses will be conducted online via Zoom. To participate fully, you will need access to a device with internet, microphone, and camera (such as a laptop, smartphone, or tablet).  Further instructions will be provided the week before classes begin. Please note that all times listed are New York time (ET/UTC-04:00).


Members: $280
Non-members: $320

Updated 3/24/2020:  At the moment, registration is only accepted online (recommended) or by phone, and we are only taking payment in the form of credit or debit cards (no checks or cash).

To purchase or renew a membership, please visit our Membership page. At the moment we cannot process a membership with your tuition payment.

For more information, please email us at, or call at (212) 715-1269. Please note that while we are working remotely, we may not always be reachable by phone.

To register online, click "Register":

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Course Information

JAPANESE LEVEL 1 (for beginning students with no background in Japanese) 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.
Genki I (Ch. 1, 2 & 3)

Japanese 1-A: Mon. & Wed., April 13 - May 11
6–8 PM | Instructor: Mori

Japanese 1-B: Tues. & Thurs., April 14 - May 12
6–8 PM | Instructor: Nakamura

Japanese 1-C: Mon. & Wed., April 13 - May 11
12–2 PM | Instructor: Mori

JAPANESE LEVEL 2 (Prerequisite: Japanese 1 or equivalent; recognition of hiragana is expected.) Students will continue to actively participate in the process of acquiring beginners’ level language skills in basic Japanese. Katakana and more kanji will be introduced.
Genki I (Chapters 4 & 5).

Japanese 2-A: Mon. & Wed., April 13 - May 11
6–8 PM | Instructor: Nakanishi* Instructor Change 

JAPANESE LEVEL 10 (Prerequisite: level 9 or equivalent) This class follows level 9 in the progression from the Genki II textbook, continuing a formal study of Japanese grammar. More advanced grammar, vocabulary and kanji will be introduced over several semesters (part 1 - 4: can be taken in any order). A particular emphasis will be placed on speaking practice. This course is designed to provide students with the necessary tools to move up to Level 11.
An Integrated Approach to Intermediate Japanese (Revised Edition), (Part 3: Lessons 9-12)
Text: An Integrated Approach to Intermediate Japanese Workbook (Revised Edition)

Japanese 10-A (Part 3): Mon. & Wed., April 13 - May 11
6–8 PM | Instructor: Nakamura


Until further notice, the following required textbooks are not available for purchase at the Language Center. Please purchase your book from an online vendor.

Japanese Levels 1 and 2 will use the following textbook:
GENKI I (An Integrated Course in Elementary Japanese), 2nd Edition
ISBN: 9784789014403 published by The Japan Times

Japanese Level 10 will use the following textbook:
An Integrated Approach to Intermediate Japanese (Revised Edition)
ISBN: 9784789013079 published by The Japan Times


All of the Language Center’s instructors are native Japanese. For more information, please visit our Instructors & Staff page.

Please Note

Tuition is non-refundable and non-transferable (including for credit) for any reason after 12 PM, the business day before your class starts. All refunds, including those by the deadline date, are subject to a $20 service charge. No partial registration or auditing is permitted. Please note that cancellations are accepted by phone only. Cancellations via e-mail are not accepted.

By registering for a course, I accept and agree to the above terms of the cancellation policy. I also verify that the student taking this class is age 16 or older.

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333 East 47th Street
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Phone: (212) 715-1269

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