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Boston’s Best Language Classes

January 13, 2014 6:00 AM

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Learning a new language in a city as diverse as Boston is not exactly hard, but it is always good to get quality lessons. With the number of centers and schools offering language classes, there are plenty from which to choose. It does not matter if a student speaks English or is learning English as a second or even third language. From obscure languages to the official language of the United States, there are learning opportunities around every corner.

Language Studies International
105 Beach St.
Boston, MA 02111
(617) 542-3600
www.lsi.edu/boston

Boston is not the only city to benefit from the language expertise of LSI. Language Studies International is open in several U.S. cities and teaches courses in German, English, Italian, Russian, Spanish and French. In the case of an English course in Boston, several types are taught, including Business English. ESL is quite important for individuals from abroad who want to do business in the United States, so the services offered by this school can be very important to a student’s career.

Berlitz Boston Learning Center
437 Boylston St.
Boston, MA 02116
(617) 266-6858
www.berlitz.us/boston

At the Berlitz Boston Learning Center, students can learn Mandarin, French, Spanish and Italian, among others. Courses focus on business learning and general language studies. Berlitz has a very wide array of languages with learning opportunities for kids, teens and adults that can get them traveling, seeking new employment or advancing in their current fields. Some courses and students are even eligible for tuition assistance, bringing people that much closer to learning new languages.

AES World Languages & Cultures Institute, Inc.
60 State St., Suite 700
Boston, MA 02109
(617) 237-6487
www.awlci.org

AES World Languages & Cultures Institute, Inc. focuses on using immersion techniques to teach students new languages. This institute knows that learning to think in a language takes a lot of concentration that can be difficult in a less immersive environment. Classes include Italian, Mandarin and Spanish. Students taking these courses will become immersed in the language and culture they choose to understand. The end in mind is to have speaking and understanding these languages be second nature when the course is over.

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Parla Presto
135 Lamartine St.
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130
(617) 230-1039
www.parlapresto.com

Parla Presto invites her students to “immerse [themselves] in Italian language, culture and travel.” That means learning to get a romance language to roll off the tongue, eating some of the best cuisine in the world and perhaps preparing for travel to one of the most sought vacation destinations anywhere. Take that newfound taste for Italian culture to Little Italy on a night out or take it on a Mediterranean cruise. It does not matter why students want to learn Italian as long as they want to learn.

Goethe Institut
170 Beacon St.
Boston, MA 02116
(617) 262-6050
www.goethe.de/ins/us/bos

The Goethe Institut is one of the best ways for Bostonians to learn more about German music, food and, most of all, the language. This school is one of the great schools in Boston that wants to teach students more than just how to speak a different language. It invites students to learn more about the culture, attend cultural events and apply their language skills in real world scenarios. Students who have difficult schedules will benefit from the online and summer lessons offered by Goethe.

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Shelly Barclay is a professional freelance writer and amateur author. She writes on a variety of topics from food to mysteries. She loves to share the culture and rich history of her birthplace and home, Boston, with the rest of the world. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.

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