Registration for the Japanese Language School’s fall semester is now open. Classes began on Monday, September 25, but you may still register (which an extra $25 late fee).

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 For levels 101-305, placement tests can be e-mailed to you by request. These placement tests are optional and are used to determine what class you should take if you are undecided or unsure of your level. Please contact us at 202-833-2210 or

The Japan-America Society operates the oldest and largest Japanese language school for adults in the Washington DC area. While the school contains standard classroom settings, we also offer opportunities for students to learn and practice their Japanese that are away from the desk, such as yoga and networking lunches.

We also offer an English language school for Japanese in the area who are looking to become more conversationally fluent.

Japanese Language School

The Japan-America Society operates the oldest and largest Japanese language school for adults in the Washington DC area. Many of our students say that it is also the best. In a recent survey, 96% of our students said that they would recommend the Japanese Language School (JLS) to others. Students say they value the quality of instruction from our native speakers, the school’s convenient downtown location near two Metro stops, and its evening class hours.

During the year JLS offers 15 different classes at four basic levels, from beginning to advanced. JLS holds preparatory classes in the summer and fall for the Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT), which is recognized worldwide as the standard examination for determining Japanese language competency.

Class semesters begin four times a year. Classes meet once a week and are conducted from Monday-Thursday in the evening (all classes are at 5:20pm or 7:00pm for 1.5hrs) in the Society’s language classrooms at 1819 L Street NW, conveniently located near the Farragut North and Farragut West Metro stations in downtown DC.

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

2017 (dates are subject to change)
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)

JLS is more than a language school. When JLS students join the Japan-America Society, they also get to participate in the full range of the Society’s activities and interact with our Japanese and American members.

If you would like to be placed on a wait list or have any questions please contact us at or 202-833-2210.

Lunchtime Yoga in Japanese

Would you like to make your lunch time calm and relaxing with yoga? With slow movements and deep breathing, you will learn different Yoga forms. The class will be instructed in Japanese so you will not only get a chance to relax but to increase your Japanese language skills, you will also be able to energize your body by freeing the mind and heart. You will find a balance of both the mind and body. This class is for beginner to experienced students.

The timing of the classes depends on the teacher’s availability. Please check our Upcoming Events section for more information on the current/upcoming yoga schedule.

Networking Lunch in Japanese

Do you want to improve your Japanese language skills with other Japanese language speakers, both native and learned? Come have lunch with us the first and third Friday every month to discuss all kinds of topics and eat!

More information and registration for the lunches can be found in our Upcoming Events section.

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.

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