Language Center

Overview & FAQs

Japan Society’s Language Center offers a variety of courses, workshops, and weekend intensives throughout the year in Japanese language and shodo (Japanese calligraphy), English Conversation, Japanese-Language Teacher Training, and special courses. Regular course offerings include:

Japanese Language Classes
Thirteen levels of Japanese, from beginner to advanced, emphasize conversation, listening, reading and writing. JLPT test prep/kanji courses and special topic-based courses, such as Anime, J-Drama, Breaking News in Japan, etc., are offered on a rotating basis.

Intensive Japanese Weekend Courses
Four-day intensive weekend courses offer “total immersion” in beginning Japanese and are designed to teach basic conversation skills.

Learn to Read Hiragana & Katakana
Mini-workshops teach beginning students the two Japanese syllabaries; hiragana and katakana.

Conversational Japanese
Japanese conversation courses are designed to strengthen students’ abilities to communicate effectively in social situations.

Shodo: Japanese Calligraphy
These hands-on workshops teach the techniques of shodo, Japanese calligraphy. 

English Conversation Courses (English as a Second Language)
Beginner and Intermediate/Advanced English conversation courses are geared toward native Japanese speakers. 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。

Japanese-Language Teacher Training Course
Introductory and Intermediate Japanese-language teaching programs for native and fluent speakers, these courses cover the essential teaching skills needed to teach Japanese in classroom or individual settings.
初級及び中級日本語教師養成講座を開講しています。参加資格は日本語を母国語とする方、または、それと同等の日本語能力をお持ちの方となります。 日本語の基本的な教え方、授業計画の立て方、教室での授業法、練習問題、宿題、副教材の作り方、仮名や漢字の教え方など。模擬による実技訓練あり。

Nihongo Chat
This event is a monthly informal gathering for students of Japanese and English to practice their speaking skills.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I know what level to register for?
If you are an absolute beginner of Japanese, please register for a level 1 course. If you have some previous experience, please consult our Japanese Level Guide, which outlines the material covered in each level. If you have any further questions, please call the office at 212-715-1269 or email us at
Tel: (212) 715-1256 or email:

How can I register?
You can register online, over the phone by calling our office at 212-715-1269, emailing your registration to, or mailing your registration to Japan Society, 333 East 47th Street, New York, NY 10017, Attn: Language Center. You can register online for all classes unless otherwise noted. Please call or email us if you have any questions about registration. Once you are registered, you will receive confirmation by letter, email or phone.

What are your office hours?

The Language Center office hours are 10:30 am–6:30 pm, Monday-Friday. Please leave a message if you do not reach us, and we will return your call as soon as possible. For Box Office, Gallery, or Business Hours, please visit the Japan Society homepage.

I want to become a Japan Society member. How can I do this?

At the Language Center, we can register you for a membership at the same time that you register for a class—just let us know! You are also welcome to become a member online. As a member, you will receive the member tuition discount on classes, among other events, at Japan Society.

I have already paid and registered for my class, but I need to drop out. What is the cancellation policy?
Tuition is non-refundable and non-transferable for any reason after 12 pm one business day before a class series starts. Please see the Course Description and Registration form for deadlines. All refunds are subject to a service charge, including those by the deadline day. No partial registration or auditing is permitted. Cancellations are accepted by phone or in person only. We do not accept email cancellations. Japan Society also reserves the right to cancel any course if sufficient enrollment is not obtained. In such cases, those students already enrolled will receive full refunds (no service charge).

Can I sign up for private lessons?

Please contact the office at or (212) 715-1269 to inquire about private lesson availability. 

Do you have classes for children?

Occasionally we offer special classes and workshops for children. Please visit the Language Center homepage for upcoming class offerings. Japan Society’s Family Program also hosts a variety of events and festivals throughout the year with activities for children. Please check the Japan Society website or calendar for upcoming events.

Can I receive foreign language credit for my college by taking your courses?
Japan Society is not an accredited learning institution, and we do not grade our students. It is up to your school to determine if they will accept our courses for credit.

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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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