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Ready to immerse yourself in the language and culture of Japan? Discover a wide range of Japanese language classes in NYC, where you can learn to speak, read, and write Japanese with expert instructors, and gain the confidence to communicate effectively in any setting.

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Japanese - Total Beginner

ABC Languages @ Online

Embark on your Japanese journey with our Total Beginner class! Dive into basic vocabulary, greetings, and the Japanese writing system with our native instructors. Join our supportive community as you take your first steps towards mastering this beautiful language.

(384) Beginner 17 and older
$385

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Japanese Beginner 1

International School of Languages @ Live Virtual

Embark on your Japanese language journey with a comprehensive course at the International School of Languages. Learn essential communication skills, cultural insights, and practical vocabulary to navigate everyday conversations and interactions in Japanese. Join a dynamic all-adults class and start building a solid foundation in this captivating language.

Beginner 18 and older
$312

8 sessions

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Portuguese Language - Beginner (Online)

Discovery Center

Embark on a cultural journey through the vibrant world of Portuguese with engaging lessons and interactive exercises. Master the basics and build a strong foundation in one of the world's most melodious languages.

(283) Beginner 16 and older
$139

4 sessions

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Portuguese Language - Intermediate (Online)

Discovery Center

Enhance your Portuguese skills with our intermediate online course. Dive deeper into vocabulary, grammar, and conversational proficiency while gaining cultural insights from Brazil. Take the next step towards fluency and confidence in your language abilities.

(283) Intermediate 16 and older
$139

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Italian Language - Intermediate (Online)

Discovery Center

Elevate your Italian fluency with an immersive online course that focuses on conversation, vocabulary, and grammar. Take your language skills to the next level with this intermediate-level class, perfect for those who have completed a beginning Italian course or have similar experience. Materials fee applies.

(283) Intermediate 16 and older
$139

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Japanese | Total Beginner

ABC Languages SF @ Online Classroom

You will be guided to speak from the very first lesson while our instructors arm you with the tools you need to understand and absorb the language.  Student goals range from wanting to learn some basics in preparation for a trip abroad to long-term language learners. Our Total Beginner classes are designed for students with little or no background in the language. At the end of any enrollment, you always have the option of adding additional...

(3) Beginner 14 and older
$350

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Japanese Language from Anime: Beginner Level 1

RESOBOX @ 203 W 20th St, New York, NY

ようこそ!(Yokoso!) Welcome!  This class is meant for Japanese language beginners. Let’s watch Japanese anime and learn basic expressions, such as greetings, “This is X”, “What is this?” etc. in Japanese. Also, you will learn Japanese conversation from the anime and do role playing.  Come and learn basic Japanese while watching anime! In this class you will build basic Japanese conversational skills to allow you to carry...

(522) Beginner 18 and older
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$250

10 sessions

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Japanese Language from Anime (Advanced)

RESOBOX @ 203 W 20th St, New York, NY

This advanced level is a preparation course for the JLPT N4 and will take place every Friday until December This class is meant for Japanese language beginners. Let’s watch Japanese anime and learn basic expressions, such as greetings, “This is X”, “What is this?” etc. in Japanese. Also, you will learn Japanese conversation from the anime and do role playing. Come and learn basic Japanese while watching anime! In this class you will build...

(522) Advanced 18 and older
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Private Japanese Lessons

ABC Languages

Learn Japanese at ABC Languages and immerse yourself in a customized program designed to fit your learning needs and goals. Whether you prefer one-on-one lessons or forming a group with friends and family, our team of language experts will match you with a professional Japanese instructor who will craft a curriculum just for you. Join us and start your Japanese learning journey today!

(384) All levels 18 and older

Ume (梅): Japanese Beginner

Aozora Community Foundation @ 535 Clinton Ave, Brooklyn, NY

Ume (梅) is our beginner class and will cover an introduction to the language and culture, including Japanese writing system, greetings and bowing, and Japanese currency.   After taking this course, you will be able to: introduce yourself; ask simple questions; go shopping; invite your friends to activities; describe where things are, talk about your habits; and share what you did and what you used to do.  This course covers Chapter...

Beginner 18 and older
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$300

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Matsu (松): Japanese Advanced Beginner

Aozora Community Foundation @ 535 Clinton Ave, Brooklyn, NY

Matsu (松) is our advanced beginner class and will cover topics such as vacation, transportations in Japan, and hospital visit. After taking this course, you will be able to: compare items; share your plans; talk about what you want to do; tell your preference; give advice; and share your prediction. This course covers Chapter 9 through 12 of Genki I textbook. Pre-requisite: Must be comfortable identifying all hiragana and katakana and familiar...

Beginner 18 and older
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$300

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Take (竹): Japanese Intermediate Beginner

Aozora Community Foundation @ 535 Clinton Ave, Brooklyn, NY

Take (竹) is our intermediate beginner class and will cover topics such as travel and family.  After taking this course, you will be able to: talk about what you like and dislike; talk about your trip; ask favors; give permission; offer help, describe your family members; talk casually with your friends; share your opinions; and report what others said.  This course covers Chapter 5 through 8 of Genki I textbook. Pre-requisite: Must...

Beginner 18 and older
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$300

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Japanese Beginner 1

ABC Languages @ Manhattan, New York, NY

Learn to speak basic Japanese, including vocabulary, grammar, and conversation skills, in this eight-week online course. Immerse yourself in the language and culture with interactive lessons at ABC Languages. Say "Hajimemashite" to your new language adventure!

(384) Beginner 16 and older
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$385

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Discover the Best Japanese Classes in NYC

Japanese is one of the hottest languages among aspiring bilingualists today. Duolingo describes it as the fifth most popular language chosen for study by their app users in 2022. Anime, manga, and other Japanese cultural exports dominate the U.S. entertainment market, and their fans—ranging from Gen X to Generation Alpha—often learn Japanese to connect with their favorite books, shows, and music in its original language. Meanwhile, careers in the gaming, electronic, and automotive industries often involve dealings with Japanese giants in these fields, making the Japanese fluency a highly sought-after resume skill. While the basics of Japanese are relatively simple and systematic, high-level fluency in the language includes mastery of three writing systems, extensive vocabulary and grammar rules, and the complex hierarchical system of politeness known as keigo.

Why You Should Learn Japanese in NYC

As a major U.S. hub of Japanese culture and Japanese-American relations, New York City is one of the most exciting places to learn the Japanese language. NYC is home to the Japan Local Government Center—Japan’s Council of Local Authorities for International Relations American office—as well as the Japanese Chamber of Commerce and Industry of New York. The Nippon Club is the only Japanese social club in the U.S., while the Tenri Cultural Institute promotes Japanese language learning and art appreciation from its Greenwich Village location. In short, the Japanese language offers exceptional opportunities to interact with NYC’s vibrant Japanese population, whether your plans are for business or pleasure.

Japanese is an attractive skill to list on your resume when seeking a job in NYC. Boasting a population of tens of thousands of Japanese expatriates and hosting numerous Japanese businesspersons and tourists daily, businesses in New York City are regularly seeking Japanese speakers for positions ranging from translators to paralegals to executive assistants. But even if you aren’t in the job market, learning Japanese can enrich your life as a fun hobby that not only increases your brain activity but also allows you to connect with your favorite Japanese art and entertainment and socialize with others with similar tastes.

In-Person Japanese Classes & Schools in NYC

Few educational methods compare to the experience of learning in a local classroom with a skilled live instructor, like-minded classmates, and a set schedule and curriculum holding you accountable for regular study and progress in your language-learning journey. Luckily, when you live in New York City, you have no shortage of choices when looking for an in-person Japanese class to suit your needs.

If Long Island City is a comfortable commute for you, RESOBOX will be a special treat in your Japanese education journey. The Japanese cultural center has called Long Island home since its original founding in 2009 by composer, videographer, and bassist Fumio Tashiro as a personal art project. Today RESOBOX—a portmanteau of the Resonating Box for artists to meet, collaborate, and create—features a rich gallery of Japanese-inspired artwork alongside a cafe and event space that hosts a rich variety of Japanese language and culture classes every week.

RESOBOX is home to NYU Department of East Asian Studies instructor Hiroko Miyashita’s unique cycle of Japanese classes which teach the language through the art form of anime. The Japanese Language from Anime is designed for individuals entirely new to the language. The ten-week course walks adult students through the acquisition of basic conversational skills by watching scenes from such popular anime shows as One Piece, Bleach, Spirited Away, Log Horizon, and Hyouka,

If you are a few steps into your Japanese language journey, Miyashita’s Japanese Language from Anime (Advanced) class for advanced beginners follows a similar structure to her other Japanese courses. In this course, you will learn elements of the hiragana and katakana writing systems along with verb conjugation and plenty of vocabulary as you watch your favorite anime characters.

RESOBOX also offers numerous Japanese cultural classes, from tea ceremony to karate, to supplement your Japanese language education. One popular choice is their Nihon buyō (Japanese classical dance) class, taught in the traditional Sōke Fujima style. Open to students ages 12 and up, the class guides students in this poetic style of dance, also known as nichibu, that dates back to around 1603 when it was first invented as a part of Kabuki Theatre.

The Brooklyn-based Aozora Community Foundation is a non-profit organization with a mission to support NYC schools providing services to families of Japanese heritage while also offering its own wide array of classes in the Japanese language, arts, and culture. The small class size of Aozora’s adult Ume (梅): Japanese Beginner course averages around eight students, allowing plenty of time to interact with the instructor and classmates as you learn the most essential Japanese language and cultural basics, from bowing and introducing yourself to understanding Japanese currency.

After completing their foundational Ume class, Aozora recommends you join their Take (竹): Japanese Intermediate Beginner course. The class is designed to guide students to mastery of many basic conversational topics such as travel and family. Like all of Aozora’s beginner-level courses, the intermediate beginner Japanese class utilizes the Genki I textbook and recommends you bring a notebook and pen.

Virtual Japanese Classes & Schools

While New York City offers no shortage of Japanese education options, you may find that online Japanese classes suit your personal learning needs as well—or even better—than in-person classes. While virtual classes may be more likely to require you to purchase your learning materials, they offer the perks of no commute time and being able to work from your location of choice.

If you are just beginning your Japanese learning journey, ABC Languages’ online Japanese - Total Beginner class provides a strong foundation in the basics of the language for students ages 16 and up. The eight-week course includes an introduction to all three Japanese writing systems, hiragana, katakana, and kanji, as well as instruction in basic vocabulary and conversational skills.

The International School of Languages offers significantly more advanced courses for those who have mastered their Japanese basics and beyond. Their online Japanese High Intermediate 2 class is the first of a three-course program designed to guide adult students to an advanced level of Japanese fluency. The course uses An Integrated Approach to Intermediate Japanese as its textbook and follows a curriculum designed to build confidence in ordering food while dining out and making plans for outings with friends. 

You can even find online Japanese classes for kids and young teens who wish to start their Japanese learning careers early. The International School of Languages welcomes students to their Japanese Beginner 3 for Kids Ages 11-14 course designed to teach conversational skills useful for traveling, shopping, and other situations. Their native-level fluent teachers lead classes with a curriculum utilizing a wide variety of visual, audio, and interactive elements to prevent boredom by fully engaging every young mind in the class.

Private Group Japanese Classes in NYC

Are you and your team looking to schedule private group Japanese classes for your business or organization in NYC? CourseHorse can deliver Japanese classes for private groups in NYC to meet your needs, whether they be to build camaraderie and team spirit or to prepare your organization for a trip to Japan.

Many enjoy enriching their Japanese language education with an exploration of the art, food, music, and other cultural expressions of Japan. RESOBOX’s private Japanese cooking class for your group in NYC offers a one-of-a-kind experience for team bonding and opportunities to practice their Japanese language skills in food and food preparation. Suitable for groups including a number of dietary restrictions, this Japanese vegan cooking class teaches up to 25 students to cook with two of the most popular and palatable ancient Japanese superfoods, tofu and miso, using organic and gluten-free ingredients.

For completely tailored private Japanese classes for your group in New York City, CourseHorse is on-call to design the exact course to meet your team’s goals. Share your situation with CourseHorse through their convenient contact form, and receive a reply within two business hours. Or if you prefer, you can schedule a phone call with a member of the CourseHorse team to start a discussion about your team’s Japanese education needs.

Once you’ve shared details about your group, desired experiences, and outcome goals, CourseHorse will take care of all the details of planning and booking your class for you and send you confirmation of your booking within 24 hours of your reservation.

They can even ship any supplies or textbooks needed directly to each of your team members. CourseHorse can even book your team’s private Japanese class before you know your exact head count: you can change your number of participants up to a week before your class start date.

If you’re setting up an online private Japanese course for your team in NYC, CourseHorse recommends Zoom as your video conferencing platform. However, if your group prefers Google Meets, WebEx, or Microsoft Teams, CourseHorse can accommodate your needs.

CourseHorse will never charge you a dime for a booking fee, but for just $150, their team can customize your course curriculum to include unique experiences you desire for your group, such as on-topic games or vocabulary or questions specific to your organization’s needs.

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