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NYC’s 7 Best Places To Learn A Foreign Language

March 14, 2012 8:59 AM

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(image courtesy the Cervantes Institute)

(image courtesy the Cervantes Institute)

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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New York Public Library

Mango Database
New York, NY
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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Baruch College Continuing and Professional Studies

55 Lexington Ave
New York, NY
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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Hills Learning

380 Lexington Ave
New York, NY 10168
212-551-7903
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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Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, USA

Institute of Indian Culture
305 7th Ave., 17th flr.
New York, NY 10001
212-989-8383
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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Instituto Cervantes

211-215 East 49th St.
New York, NY
(212) 308-7720
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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French Institute Alliance Francaise

22 E. 60th St.
New York, NY
(212) 355-6100
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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Sign Language Center

39 E. 30th St.
New York, NY
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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