Like a pair of toy handcuffs, language unites people, and like a pair of cuffs with a missing key, the language bond can last a lifetime. Forge linguistic connections with today’s Groupon: for $135, you get an eight-week adult language course at Multilingual Chicago (a $299 value).
Led by linguistic anthropologist Dr. Jill Bishop, Multilingual Chicago’s international staff of instructors trains crews of 6–10 students in more than a dozen foreign languages, including French, Arabic, Spanish, and Mandarin. During eight 110-minute sessions, teachers interact with students to immerse them in the vocabulary and pronunciation of their chosen tongue, pausing to elucidate associated cultural traditions such as holiday celebrations and popular cuts of meat. Students may loosen tense vocal cords before class with warm sips of complimentary tea, coffee, and wine in Multilingual Chicago’s café area. Check the schedule for available courses—not all languages are offered every session.
Led by linguistic anthropologist Dr. Jill Bishop, Multilingual Connections’ international staff of instructors immerses students in one of more than a dozen foreign languages, including French, Arabic, Spanish, and Mandarin. The immersive classes are intended to incorporate fun as well as language, with activities ranging from role-playing exercises to music. Before class, students can sip on coffee, tea, or wine while browsing WiFi in the center's cafe.
The instructors at Multilingual Connections delve even further into each language’s respective culture by always making time to converse about specific foods, holidays, and folk traditions. The woman-owned business works to connect pupils—which have included children, athletes, and politicians—to the rest of the world with classes as well as translation and interpretation services in 75 languages.
This is an awesome place in Chicago if you need to brush up on your foreign-language-speaking skills!Lauren D., Yelp, 5/3/10
The space and classrooms are actually a lot cuter than expected, the teachers (and all the staff, for that matter) are lovelyMolly O., Yelp, 3/8/11
2934 N Milwaukee Ave.
Chicago, Illinois 60618