Language Center

2020 Summer Weekend Japanese Courses

Saturdays & Sundays, July 11 - August 2
1 – 3:30 PM

2020 Summer Weekend Japanese Courses

PLEASE NOTE: 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

To become a Japan Society member (or to renew membership) and to register for a course online, please become a member first, and then click the register button to register for a course. At the moment we cannot process a membership with your tuition payment.

NEW THIS SEMESTER: We highly recommend that you register online, if possible.

Students with credit:
please call the office at (212) 715-1269 or (212) 715-1293.

At the moment, registration is only accepted through online (recommended) or by phone, and we are only taking payment in the form of credit or debit cards (no checks or cash). Acceptance will be acknowledged by email.

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.

New Language Center students with no previous background in Japanese should enroll in a Level 1 course. Students with some background should refer to the Level Guide (PDF) or course textbooks to determine the most appropriate class. There is no placement exam.

To register online, click "Register":

Course Information

The Japan Society Language Center is pleased to offer eight-day Weekend Japanese Courses. These courses are designed to teach beginners basic Japanese. They will be useful to people with weekday schedule conflicts, or those who were too late to register or missed too many of our regular weekday classes. Students can easily progress from these courses into our weekday courses. Students must be 16 or older to register for the class.

All courses meet for eight days on four consecutive weekends: July 11, 12, 18, 19, 25, & 26 and August 1 & 2 from 1:00 to 3:30 pm, with a 15 minute break included, for a total of 18 hours of instruction.

Weekend Japanese Course, 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. Text: Genki I, 2nd Edition (Ch. 1, 2 & 3)

Weekend Japanese Course, 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. Text: Genki I, 2nd Edition (Chapters 4 & 5)

Weekend Japanese Course, Level 3
(Prerequisite: Japanese 2 or equivalent, recognition of hiragana and some katakana is expected)
This course will focus on the introduction and use of the te and nai forms of verbs, and students will continue to build upon their conversational skills and vocabulary. Text: Genki I, 2nd Edition (Chapters 6 & 7)

Weekend Japanese Course, Level 4
(Prerequisite: Japanese 3 or equivalent)
Students will practice the informal speech style in the present and past tenses, and will learn the nai form of verbs. The ta form will be introduced, and students will learn to modify nouns with verbs, as well as practice phrases using to omoimasu (“I think”) and to iimasu (“he/she says”). Text: Genki I, 2nd Edition (Chapters 8 & 9)

Course Information (PDF)

Required Textbook

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

GENKI I (An Integrated Course in Elementary Japanese)
ISBN: 978-4789014403
published by The Japan Times $45.00


All of Japan Society's instructors are native Japanese with extensive experience.

Ms. Momoyo Kitaura
has a BA from Tokyo Woman’s Christian University. She is a certified Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) tester for the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL). She passed the Japanese Language Teaching Competency test and has over 15 years of experience working at a Japanese language school in Japan. She’s also a co-researcher of the National Institute of Language and Linguistics.

Ms. Kazue Kurahara holds a BA from Hunter College and an MA in Teaching Japanese as a Foreign Language and TESOL from NYU. She holds teaching certificates in both Japanese and ESL. She has taught Japanese at various institutions, including New York University, Hunter College, Pace University, and The New School. She is currently hosting Japan Society’s YouTube series "Uki Uki NihonGO! + Culture”.

Ms. Mari Nakamura has an MA in Linguistics from The Ohio State University and has taught Japanese for 25 years at universities including Harvard, Indiana University, and the University of Maryland. She has also taught at several Fortune 500 Corporations.

Ms. Mami Nakanishi has a BA in Literature from Sophia University in Tokyo. She is a graduate of Japan Society’s Teacher Training Program and has been on Japan Society’s teaching staff since the summer of 2010.

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 or in person only. Cancellations via e-mail are not accepted.

By registering for a course, you accept and agree to the above terms of the cancellation policy.

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