The ABC's of Learning a New Language

Studying another language isn't just for school kids.



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We all remember those days of utter boredom and drudgery sitting in the classroom repeating after our teacher: uno, dos, tres… Learning a new language doesn't have to be by rote. The methods for learning a new language have changed dramatically in recent years. Whether you need foreign language skills for a job, an upcoming vacation, or just for fun and enrichment, check out these various options for your studies.

Stamford Public Schools Adult Education Program

Offers courses in American Sign Language, French, German, Italian, Mandarin Chinese, and Spanish.
$119 for 10 sessions ($10 non resident fee, 15% senior discount)
Class location: Rippowan Middle School
381 High Ridge Road, Stamford

Offices at: Adult Learning Center
369 Washington Boulevard, Stamford
(203) 977-4209

Chinese Language School of Connecticut

Mandarin Chinese is taught with a stress on practical communication skills over rote memorization. Lessons are organized around themes such as family, food and travel so that you can begin speaking quickly. In addition to the classes they also offer private tutoring.
Classes for ages 18+ meet 2 hours per week for 26 weeks $1,335.
Sundays Classes location: Eastern Middle School
51 Hendrie Avenue, Riverside

Weekday Classes location: The Second Congregational Church, Room 19
139 East Putnam Avenue, Greenwich
(866) 301-4906 or e-mail at info@chineselanguageschool.org

German School of Connecticut

Teachers are professionally trained, holding German or U.S. degrees, specializing in German language teaching and in childhood education. They are supported by a full compliment of teacher aides. Classes are $445/semester ($795 for 2 semesters).
Class location: Rippowan Middle School
381 High Ridge Road, Stamford
(203) 792-2795, email to stamfordinfo@germanschoolct.org

Berlitz

For over 125 years Berlitz's conversational style of instruction has had great success in immersing students in their new language to make learning fast and easy. Berlitz instructors are native-fluent speakers who focus on the practical grammar and vocabulary you’ll use in real-life situations. They offer total immersion, private and semi-private instruction, as well as, online instruction.
1266 East Main Street, Suite 700R
Stamford
(888) 324-3746, call for more information regarding programs and fees.
Office hours: Monday–Friday 8:30AM – 7PM.

Rosetta Stone

Using their award winning "Dynamic Immersion" process. Their software follows a natural process that teaches the language directly, without translation, by using pictures and sounds in context. No more lists of vocabulary to memorize! You study at your own pace by following their DVD or online learning programs. If you buy the packaged sets of CD's you will get a price break— boxed sets of level 1, 2, 3 are $399 (save $138)) or you can sign up for 3 months online access for $199.
Stamford Town Center Mall
100 Greyrock Place # 6, Stamford
(203) 358-4634
Open Monday to Saturday 10AM - 9PM, and Sunday 11AM - 6PM.

In-Home Tutors of Connecticut

Offer tutoring in Spanish, French, Latin, German and more. With 638 tutors throughout Connecticut they will match you up with the right tutor for your subject and needs. The cost is $55/hour and you can sign up for as many lessons as you like and customize the lessons.
Call (203) 583-3687 for more information.

The American Language Program in the Center for Continuing Studies at the University of CT

Offers English as a Second Language (ESL) classes.
Stamford Campus, Room 1.01A  
One University Place, Stamford
(203) 251-8511

Adult & Continuing Education of Greenwich

290 Greenwich Avenue, Greenwich
(203) 625-7474
Office hours: Monday-Friday 9AM-3PM.

 

 

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