Native Japanese Teachers

Our teachers are all native Japanese speakers with years of experience in education.

Online Classes

All JASWDC Japanese Language School Classes are offered online so you can study Japanese no matter where you are.

Study at any level

From complete beginner to N1 prep courses – we have a class to suit all levels!

Connect with teachers

With small class sizes we make sure you get the attention you need from teachers.

Early Bird Registration Countdown

We are dedicated to providing in-depth, accessible language classes tailored to suit your level. As such, all classes will be held online for the 2022 winter semester.

Once registered, you will be sent the class link on or by the first day of class.

For all questions, please call (202) 833-2210 or e-mail If you need assistance finding the most suitable class for your level, you may call or e-mail us, or take a self-assessment placement test.

We kindly ask that you refer to our FAQ before inquiring. Thank you.

About the Japanese Language School

The Japanese Language School at the Japan-America Society of Washington DC offers standard classroom settings alongside opportunities for students to learn and practice their Japanese in non-conventional settings, such as yoga, Ikebana (flower arranging) and networking lunches.

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

Japanese Language School (JLS)

The Japan-America Society of Washington DC 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 Japanese language center in DC. 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 5:30pm or 7:10pm 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 2022, JLS plans to begin and end its Japanese language terms as follows:

Winter: January 3– March 13
Spring: April 18 – June 26
Summer: July 5 – September 11
Fall: September 19 – November 27

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 break calmer and more relaxing? With slow movements and deep breathing, lunchtime Yoga in Japanese is the answer to all your needs. The class is taught in Japanese so you will not only get a chance to relax but to improve your Japanese language skills, you will also be able to energize your body by freeing the mind and heart. This class is for beginner to experienced students.

The timing of the class 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 advanced? Come have lunch with us on the first and third Friday every month to discuss a variety of topics and eat!

More information and registration for the lunches can be found here.

Weekly Nihongo 

Weekly Nihongo (#WeeklyNihongo) is JASWDC’s virtual casual classroom for Japanese learning. Posted weekly on our Facebook by native Japanese learners, Weekly Nihongo teaches our online 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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