Language separates us from the animals, just as Funyuns separate us from our dignity. Dictate the terms of your surrender to the ultimate onion-flavored corn snack in the language of your choice with today's Groupon: for $132, you get a six-week group language class at ABC Language Exchange New York, located near Penn Station (up to a $265 value including the registration fee). See the sidebar for a full list of the languages offered. This Groupon is valid only for the six-week Total Beginner courses, which meet once a week for 1.5 hours.
With a variety of group classes available during daytime, weekend, and evening hours, a class at ABC Language Exchange is ideal for young professionals, middle-aged professionals, and elderly professionals. The teaching staff consists of experienced polyglots who have spent their lives not only studying and teaching language, but putting their skills to use while living and working abroad. Over the course of six weeks, once a week, a teacher will guide your progress and stretch your brain's plasticity as it absorbs the shapes and contours of a foreign language. Group classes are small, typically from four to nine people per class, and last 1.5 hours. Click here for more information.
Although it is easier to learn a language during childhood, adults are fully capable of picking up and retaining new language skills. The learning process itself is akin to marathon training for lazy neural synapses, while acquiring a new language can open all sorts of arched doors, French windows, and Venetian blinds. Whether for a sightseeing trip to Italy or because the office just relocated to Constantinople, a class at ABC Language Exchange—also responsible for the instructors of the language program at Columbia Business School—will enrich life and mind alike.
New York Magazine has listed ABC Language Exchange as having the best Asian language lessons.
Nine Citysearchers in New York give it a perfect five:
- I took beginner level French and loved it. Our teacher was great: thorough, knowledgeable, interesting and fun. I also liked the dynamic among the students and how that was fostered by the teacher. – abb2009
- Great teachers and small classes is [sic] great for individual participation and easy learning. – MetropolisMan
- Learned more in 12 weeks of group class than I did in 2 years of college! Excellent teachers and a courteous staff. – barbakkuchedar
Elizabeth Lunney and Rachel Meyer—ABC Languages’ cofounders and directors—share a passion for culture that has led them to teach and study different languages in Europe and Asia. Between them and their teaching staff, they’re fluent with more than 20 different languages, including Arabic, Japanese, Swahili, and a combination of all 20 used to decipher the text of crosswords. Elizabeth and Rachel’s combined quarter century of training, and each of the other instructors’ minimum of two years of teaching experience, enables them to lead child and adult students through group and private lessons. Their staff’s ability to train students to curl their tongues into even the most foreign of shapes has attracted distinguished clientele, including the NBA, Willem Dafoe, and Uma Thurman in preparation for Kill Bill.