In a city as multicultural as DC, knowing a second language can enhance one’s experiences and opportunities. But learning a foreign language can be challenging. Although language-learning software can be effective, sometimes human interaction is best. Language classes can bring a foreign language to life through spontaneous person-to-person conversation, interaction, gestures and tones—things you just can’t get by sitting in front of a computer. If you’re looking to get that human experience, check out some of these top-notch programs.
Fun With Foreign Language
First Presbyterian Church
224 N. Main St.
Bel Air, MD 21014
Here’s an opportunity to learn Mandarin Chinese. Fun With Foreign Language (FwFL) offers programs in Spanish and Mandarin for ages two through adult. FwFL uses interactive activities like songs, games and arts and crafts to make learning the foreign language engaging and fun. In a spring 2013 survey, 95 percent of customers said they would recommend the program to others. FwFL even allows you to schedule a free preview class, so you have nothing to lose and a whole new vocabulary to gain.
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2111 Florida Ave. N.W.
Washington, DC 20008
The professors at Fluent City have a simple mission: to help you “get the words off the page and out of your mouth.” Fluent City boasts a roster of fun, energetic instructors who teach languages ranging from Japanese, Russian and Arabic, to German, Chinese and Hebrew. Its non-native-speaking teachers usually conduct the lower-level classes with the concept that someone who has had the experience of learning a language themselves can better explain it to you—the student. Native-speaking professors usually teach the higher-level classes. Courses are configured for adults with busy schedules and private lessons are also available for all languages.
International Center For Language Studies
1133 15th St. N.W., Suite 600
Washington, DC 20005
With lessons available for more than 85 languages, the International Center For Language Studies (ICLS) can meet just about any of your foreign language goals. ICLS offers instruction for individuals, companies, non-profits and government agencies. The center’s curriculum puts emphasis on speaking and listening, and students are even introduced to the cultural differences and business and social etiquette of the country of their language of study. It all makes for a well-rounded language-learning experience.
Spanish Black Belt
Rockville, MD 20852
Spanish Black Belt offers lessons in practical conversational Spanish for adults, teens and businesses. The program consists of nine conversational belt levels ranging from white, a beginner, to black, an ultimate Spanish master. This A+ Better Business Bureau-accredited establishment offers lessons that can be customized for one-on-one conversational classes, small groups of up to four and larger groups for organizations. Learn the romance language that is spoken by more than 400 million people around the world.
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4729 Wisconsin Ave. N.W.
Washington, DC 20016
Give your children a head start by introducing them to a second language in pre-school. CommuniKids immerses pre-schoolers in a second language in a “joyful, playful and nurturing environment.” This immersion program uses the Early Childhood Second Language (ECSL) approach to prepare kids for their K-12 education while cultivating multicultural competency and second language fluency. If you want your child to have an early start at a second language, then this is the program for you.