What You'll Get
Foreign languages are challenging to learn because they contain words not found in English, such as "learn." Expand your vocabulary with today's Groupon: you get one adult enrollment in an eight-week language course at Multilingual Chicago in Logan Square for $135 (up to a $299 value). Languages currently available include Spanish, French, Italian, Polish Russian, Hungarian, Arabic, that creepy made-up language only your identical twin understands, and Mandarin Chinese.
Multilingual Chicago grew out of parent company Workforce Language Services, which has been helping employees in local corporations such as Palmer House Hilton and Chipotle learn new languages for six years. Dr. Jill Bishop founded both companies after earning her PhD in linguistic anthropology from UCLA and teaching at UCLA, Kendall College, Triton Community College, and Profesor Xavier’s Escuela Para Jovenes Supertados Mexicanos, among several others. This family-oriented language school offers a range of classes and tutoring for all skill levels, including parents, young professionals, and kids of all ages. Instructors think outside the textbook to accommodate all learning styles and keep classes fun. Class activities can include watching films, listening to songs, reading newspaper and magazine articles, conversing, playing games, performing skits, and pushing flash cards against your forehead really hard.
Multilingual Chicago classes take place in the beautiful, recently restored Orbit building, which boasts brightly colored walls, exposed brick, and local art. The surrounding Logan Square neighborhood has Polish, Ecuadorian, and Mexican restaurants for extracurricular practice. These, along with incorporated cultural events, help make the classes as authentic and hands-on as possible. Buy multiple Groupons as gifts; the classes make great family activities, so call to schedule your class today. A few classes in Arabic will get your flabby tongue in shape in time for swimsuit season.
The Fine Print
Promotional value expires Feb 29, 2012. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1 per person, may buy multiple as gifts. Registration required. New students only. Not valid for kids' classes, bilingual boot camp or private tutoring. Non-transferable. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.
About Multilingual Connections
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.