With more than a decade of experience in business consulting, education, and training, Helen Hanying Liu helms Wall Street Chinese to help professionals develop the language and cultural knowledge they need to thrive in their industry. Trainers with an in-depth knowledge of international business teach skills ranging from the Mandarin language to Chinese calligraphy. Adult students can opt for a six-week general intensive course, or they can sign up for the 10-lesson course in business Chinese that exclusively teaches quotes from Warren Buffett in Mandarin.
Kids also can learn to speak Mandarin in a course with interactive lessons that include fun activities such as brush painting, debate, and Chinese chess. In addition to language pros, the team of instructors includes musicians and artists, which is reflected in the diversity of private and group instruction available. Classes in Chinese medicine and Chinese art help students become well-rounded, and special events include feng shui workshops and children's kung fu.
When it came time to name her business, Pamela Parisi looked to her own nickname: The Elegant Tightwad. She earned the moniker during 20 years spent in the fashion industry as a clothing designer, manufacturer, and mannequin guidance counselor. Parisi developed a reputation for her conflicting loves for designer clothes and fiscal responsibility. Always a problem solver, she quickly learned to marry her two passions by developing extensive knowledge of designer showrooms and the wholesale prices they charge. Today, she uses her nose for bargains to guide tour groups to the best deals on designer clothes and accessories. Her cash-saving tours have even garnered the attention of CNN and Elle magazine. In addition to her Garment District Diva tours, Parisi has also extended her expertise into the world of food. Her tasting excursions explore some of the most tempting eats in Hell's Kitchen, from Italian and Greek specialties to sweet treats from bakeries and ice cream shops.
title: ABC Languages
html_text: 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.
Icon Parking Systems' parking facilities safely house vehicles of all shapes and sizes as owners go to work, relax at home, or take in the sights of the Big Apple. Conveniently tucked in the most prestigious corners of Manhattan—which are also the areas least menaced by aimless teenage tow-trucks—these lots offer easy access to any number of restaurants, Broadway theaters, and concert halls. Many automotive stables have no daily or weekly time limit, so drivers may come and go as they please or leave rides in the same spot for dedicated, month-long portraits. Monthly customers can sign up for the Preferred Customer Club, which grants them an exclusive card and half-off parking at any of Icon Parking Systems' 200 facilities or UFO landing pads scattered throughout Manhattan.
There may be a lot of playtime at The Language Workshop for Children, but don't think the students aren't learning; during classes, instructors use songs, games, toys, and more to teach children the basics of tongues such as French, Spanish, and Chinese.
The Language Workshop is the brainchild of François Thibaut, who created the school in 1973 after years of observing how children learned languages. In the same vein, instructors understand that even infants can pick up a second language, and they teach anyone from 6 months to 9 years old in group classes, with private lessons available for older students in certain locations.
Each one of the instructors at Bell Curves has passed a rigorous development and training program, but their value goes way beyond quantifiable metrics. Among their ranks are published authors, screenwriters, Broadway performers, and even Jeopardy contestants. Their varied life experiences coupled with impressive test prep know-how helps them prepare students for a wide variety of tests from the SSAT and ISEE to the ACT, SAT, GRE, and LSAT. Along the way, Bell Curves provides even more support to students, offering them indefinite access to the online support team and the online supply closet filled with digital No. 2 pencils.