As global markets continue to expand and business interaction with foreign countries increases, learning another language will become an essential business tool and skill for an individual to have (let’s face it, we should all be learning Mandarin). Given that D.C. is host to numerous foreign diplomats and is an international hub, it also has numerous language centers in the city. Here are the best places to learn a foreign language in Washington, D.C.
Global Language Network
1720 I St N.W., Suite 700
Washington, DC 20006
(202) 684-6627
www.thegln.org

Located in the heart of D.C., the Global Language Network is non-profit organization whose “mission is to provide opportunities to learn any language at a minimal cost.”  They’re able to do so by recruiting mostly volunteers who are native speakers of the language being taught.  With over 60 languages being offered, this is a very cost effective way of expanding your language horizons.

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International Center For Foreign Language Studies
1133 15th St. N.W., Suite 600
Washington, DC 20005
(202) 639-8800
www.icls.com

With over 40 years of experience, International Center for Foreign Language offers more than 85 languages, including ESL. ICLS offers these classes to individuals in addition to companies, government agencies and non-profit organizations. After they test your language skills to determine the right language program for you, you can choose from their large offering of classes during the day, evening or high-intensity training and have the option of private, semi-private or group classes.  With so many options, there’s no excuse not to go.

International Language Institute
1337 Connecticut Ave. N.W.
Washington, DC 20036
(202) 362-2505
www.transemantics.com

Located in Dupont Circle, ILI offers a variety of English and foreign language programs.  These range in intensive day program that consists of 25 hours per week of study (and 12 different levels) to customized private lessons with your own private tutor. Ten-week programs in Arabic, Chinese Mandarin, Farsi, French, German, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish in a private, semi-private, or group classes (in-house or on-site) are offered. The summer classes begin the week of June 22. ILI is also authorized to issue I-20 forms for foreign F-1 visa students who wish to come to the United States to study English.

Washington English Center
2200 California St. N.W.
Washington, DC 20008
(202) 387-2222
www.washingtonenglish.org

If English is your second language and you’re looking to become more proficient, Washington English Center provides English, literacy training and education to low-income adult immigrants. They’re able to do so by utilizing volunteers as teachers (and they’re always looking for more help).  In addition to ESL classes, Washington English Center provides Spanish literacy classes, a conversation club (where students can practice their English), computer classes and job counseling.

WorldSpeak
3647 New Hampshire Ave. N.W.
Washington, DC 20010
(202) 596-7533
www.worldspeak.co

WorldSpeak offers foreign languages in over 20 languages. Besides private and group lessons, for those with very busy schedules, WorldSpeak also offers online classes that can be taken at anytime from the convenience of your own computer.  Now you have no excuse not to learn a new language.

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Originally from Bermuda, Christina Smart has more than 20 years of experience in the entertainment industry having worked for organizations including Universal Records, Island Def Jam Music Group, PolyGram and CBS Television. She’s been fortunate to work with a variety of artists including Elton John, U2, Sting, Phoenix, Mumford & Sons, Def Leppard, Ringo Starr, Queen Latifah, LL Cool J, DMX and Salt ‘n Pepa. A graduate of The George Washington University (which she attended on a partial scholarship for drumming), Christina earned her Bachelor of Arts in Communications (Radio/Television) with a Minor in Music.