NYC’s 7 Best Places To Learn A Foreign Language

March 14, 2012 8:59 AM

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We’re all “New Yorkers,” but we come from every imaginable place on earth – and speak more than 138 languages. Maybe it’s time we learned more than just one. Here are a few places to apprender, 學習, or учиться a new language. By Sherry Mazzocchi
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Anyone with a library card and Internet access can learn a new language with the New York Public Library’s interactive online Mango Database. It has lessons –including English as a second language — in more than 38 languages. You can even download a free app for easy access.

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Not only does Baruch College offer a center for learning English, they have classes in over a dozen modern languages. Make small talk in Arabic, chat about food in German and immerse yourself in Portuguese.

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Interested in learning Chinese, Korean, Japanese or Thai languages? Then go to Hills Learning. Hills emphasizes a SWIRL technique–Speaking, Writing, Intonation, Reading and Listening. With classes for beginners, intermediate and advanced students, this is a great resource.

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Not only does Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan offer classes in Hindi and Sanskrit, they also teach North Indian classical music, Indian folk and classical dance. Come for the classes and stay for the concerts.

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Spanish in New York’s unofficial second language. At the Instituto Cervantes, students not only learn a language, but also get a chance to explore different aspects of Hispanic culture. And if your Spanish is already fluent, explore Spain’s other languages–Catalan, Basque and Galician.

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FIAF has native teachers and its small and inexpensive classes are designed to have you speaking French in no time. Like all great language centers, students can supplement their learning with the wide array of cultural events FIAF offers–movies, lectures and — best of all — wine tastings.

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Learning sign language is the best way to bridge the gap between hearing and deaf people. SLC’s “native” deaf instructors also give students an introduction to deaf culture. They also offer private one-on-one tutoring for adults, children and babies.

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