Speaking a foreign language is helpful when a traveler needs to ask, “Where is the nearest hospital?” or “What language am I speaking?” Improve international communication with today’s Groupon: for $35, you get a two-hour conversational language course, a one-hour regional cuisine experience, and a $25 voucher toward further classes at Fort Collins Classroom (a $75 value). Choose from the following languages:
- Spanish with Mexican cuisine
- French with French bistro
- Italian with Italian restaurant
- German with European Fare
- Japanese with Asian bistro
In a casual environment, Fort Collins Classroom’s professorial instructors introduce students to conversational essentials in a new language, sitting them down to a traditional meal to taste the flavors behind each vocabulary word and to practice new skills. Between 8 and 20 students spend the first two-hours scratching at the surface of conversational niceties to acquire key phrases such as introductions, compliments, and fake phone numbers. During the final hour of class, the group retires to a local restaurant that dishes up savory morsels typifying the cuisine of the language’s home region. The meal provides an ideal venue for meeting and greeting fellow neophytes with recently absorbed pleasantries as instructors regale the assembly with first-hand anecdotes and insightful tidbits about each culture. Each teacher possesses a firm grasp of multiple tongues, exercised during time spent living in the country of origin or handwriting subtitles for lengthy foreign films.
The class fee includes all the necessary materials to milk the three-hour session for all its worth, such as worksheets, lederhosen, or cows full of Spanish-flavored milk. The $25 voucher can be applied toward further classes in the pursuit of linguistic mastery or used to indulge curiosity about the mouthfeel of another language altogether.
Fort Collins Classroom
Fort Collins Classroom's teachers blend intensive instruction with hands-on practice in classes that range from nonprofit education to real estate to languages to paranormal studies. Between conjugating verbs, writing grants, or conducting a symphony of squeaky pens on a dry-erase board, pupils will often analyze research from prestigious institutions such as Duke University or the U.S. military.