Registration for the Japanese Language School’s summer semester is now open. You may still register, but there is now a $25 late fee. The semester begins on July 10.

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Placement tests are available by appointment. Please e-mail or call (202) 833-2210. Note: If you have no prior experience learning Japanese, please take 101 Prep.

If you have any questions please contact us at or 202-833-2210.


Language & Culture School

The Japan-America Society offers Japanese and English language instruction and other classes for special cultural activities such as Japanese calligraphy, yoga in Japanese, and kimono classes. Whether you are looking to start fresh or improve your current language skills, or if you want to take up a new traditional Japanese art form, we have it here for you!

Quick Points about the Japanese Language School (JLS)

  • All our Japanese classes meet once a week for one and a half hours for ten weeks. Classes are on Monday – Thursday, starting at either 5:40pm or 7:10pm.
  • Tuition: $200 for JASWDC members and $275 for non-JASWDC members. There will be a $25 late fee added to the tuition if you sign up after the deadline.
  • You can become a member and sign up for a class at the same time.
  • If you don’t know which class you should join, stop by our office Monday – Friday, between 9:30am – 5:30pm or contact us at 202-833-2210 or
  • All our Japanese classes have a minimum of 4 students and a maximum of 12 students. If the class has less than 4 students, that class will be cancelled.

If your questions are not addressed here, please go to the FAQ page before contacting us.

During 2016 and 2017, JLS plans to begin and end its Japanese language semesters as follows:

Winter 2016
: January 11 – March 17 (10 weeks)

Spring 2016: April 25 – June 30 (10 weeks)
Summer 2016: July 11 – September 15 (10 weeks)
Fall 2016: September 26 – December 1 (10 weeks)

2017 (tentative)
Winter 2017: January 9 – March 16 (10 weeks)
Spring 2017: April 24 – June 29 (10 weeks)
Summer 2017: July 10 – September 14 (10 weeks)
Fall 2017:
September 25 – November 30 (10 weeks)

Quick points about the English Language School (ELS)

  • 授業は毎週火曜日、10時(会話クラス)もしくは11時30分(ディスカッションクラス)から。
  • 1学期10週間、各クラス1時間半。
  • 受講費は、日米協会会員様は$200、非会員様は$275。締切後の申込みは事務手数料$25が追加になります。
  • 日米協会会員登録と英語講座のお申し込みを同時に行う事も可能。
  • お申し込みが4名以下の場合、講座が開講されない場合がありますので、予めご了承ください。

To learn more about the Japanese & English Language Schools >>

Culture Classes

In addition to traditional Japanese classes, we offer other opportunities, called Culture Classes, to learn and practice the language such as yoga and networking lunches in Japanese.

To learn more about our Culture Classes >>

Weekly Nihongo 

Weekly Nihongo (#WeeklyNihongo) is JASWDC’s online-only casual classroom of Japanese learning. Posted weekly on our Facebook by native Japanese learners, Weekly Nihongo teaches our Internet audience about simple grammar, phrases, words, etymology, and fun facts related to the Japanese language using videos and photos. If you need to brush up on certain Japanese grammar points, or want to learn more behind the language that you’re learning, our bite-sized Weekly Nihongo posts are perfect for you.

View the updated list of Weekly Nihongo posts >>