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Best Language Classes In Los Angeles

January 13, 2014 5:00 AM

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Nowhere else in the country is quite as diversified as Los Angeles in terms of ethnicity. With more than 120 different native tongues spoken among family and friends in the City of Angels, the idea of learning a new language is a strong prospect for compassionate locals who have lived here all their lives or who have suddenly taken roots in our fair city. That said, following are five of the best places to learn a new language so you can become a well-versed Los Angeleno.

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Beverly Hills Lingual Institute
439 N. Canon Drive, Suite 207
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
(310) 858-0717
www.bhlingual.com

Looking to be bilingual or even trilingual? Take a walk on a certain Beverly Hills sidewalk until you reach the ultimate place for learning languages. In fact, this 90210-based outlet has courses on tap that cover some two dozen different languages. Classes are taught by well-rehearsed faculty with mighty credentials and class sizes are small so interaction with the teacher is inevitable and highly effective.

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Istituto Italiano di Cultura Los Angeles
1023 Hilgard Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90024
(310) 824-7408
www.ItalianClasses.org

If Italian is your second language of choice, catch a set of classes that are meant for multi-purposes. Beginners about to travel to the seductive Western European nation that’s shaped like a boot will love the beginners’ instructions at this professional outpost that will take you through the paces for getting a leg up on one romance language everyone loves to speak. Also on tap at this learning emporium are cultural course that take in Italian cooking, Italian filmmaking and Italian opera, among many other fascinating topics.

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Alliance Francaise de Los Angeles
10390 Santa Monica Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90025
(310) 652-0306
www.afdela.org

Parlez-vous Francaise? If not, you will if you take classes at this west side establishment that is very serious about how to learn to express yourself in French. An immersion program is offered here so you’ll need to be focused and ready to dive into the language of love while also getting to know other Angelenos of like minds. Sounds like a win-win linguistic situation, don’t you think?

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California School of Languages
320 Wilshire Blvd.
Santa Monica, CA 90401
(310) 395-5111
www.csl-losangeles.com

Learning a new language can be both educational and fun, especially if you find the right place in which to take lessons. Just such a place for those who are trying to learn English as a second language is the California School of Languages in Santa Monica. To be sure, smiling faces from other lands are found in all of the forums being taken advantage of at this educational emporium located but three blocks from the Pacific Ocean. Talk about a scenic place to get inspired to take on America’s native tongue. After-school activities include students getting together to talk (in English) as well as to get to know each other in fun ways like going to the beach.

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Language Door Los Angeles
1180 Santa Monica Blvd., Suite 202
Los Angeles, CA 90025
(310) 826-4140
www.languagedoor.com

This west Los Angeles educational haunt is a terrific place to get a handle on another language. The curriculum is extra special, with everything from Japanese and German to Korean and Arabic taught here. Another option is American Sign Language, a universal way to talk and a great way to communicate with someone who you might not be able to unless you learn this way to speak without using your voice. Language Door Los Angeles has been around for more than a decade to serve anyone wanting to get a better grip on a language.

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TEST Los Angeles freelance travel writer Jane Lasky, contributes to publications such as Travel + Leisure, Vogue and Esquire. Her weekly sojourning column ran in 40 newspapers for 20 years. Jane is anything but an accidental tourist. Check out her articles on Examiner.com.

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