frequently asked questions
1. How long will it take to learn a new language?
It all depends on how much time you invest. If you spend an hour a day practicing, you will be able to speak the language in a year and a half. If you only do your work in class, it will take much longer.
2. Can I be fluent in a year and a half?
Probably not fluent, but you will definitely be able to hold a conversation.
3. What if I know that I am not good at learning a language?
If the student’s perception is that they are “not good”, we invest a lot of time figuring out what will make that student excited. Many times, “not good” really means “not interested.” So, how do you make someone enthusiastic? There are people who are total movie buffs. They may not do well in class so we have them watch foreign movies. They read the subtitles and pick up a lot through their ears. Then we discuss the movie and start the learning process from that point. There are students who are “foodies”. They cannot speak the language, but they can read a menu with perfect pronunciation. For them we may start their foreign language education with a unit that incorporates their favorite words. We also have students who are musically inclined, can sing in Italian, but are not able to have a day-to-day conversation. In this case, we take what they know and create dialogues with the vocabulary they have already acquired. We can assure you, THEY LOVE IT!
The bottom line is that there is a way for ANYONE TO LEARN a foreign language and we will take the time to help you find your way.
4. How long have your teachers been living in the United States?
On average, our teachers have been living in the United States for ten years.
5. What kind of experience do your teachers have?
Besides teaching in the U.S., our teachers have taught in their country of origin. Most are also employed as translators and a few have done movie subtitling and simultaneous interpretations. Especially important is their exposure to various cultural backgrounds.
6. How old are your students?
Our students range from 3 months to 88 years. The beauty is that a foreign language can be acquired at any age.
7. What is your average class size?
Four to five on average.
8. What if the language I want to learn is not listed?
Talk to us! Give us a call and we will try to find a qualified instructor for you.
9. Is it possible to meet other students or join a group?
Yes, we can introduce you to people with interests similar to yours and then place you with the group. We also have group activities such as occasional luncheons, recitals, movies, theatre, and potlucks. Students meet and mingle and may bring other friends who speaks the language.
10. Is there homework?
Yes, everyone should invest some time outside of the class. However, if you are an intermediate plus or advanced student and only looking to improve your conversation skills or increase your vocabulary, you do not need structured homework.
If your questions have not been answered or if you need further assistance, please contact us at:
310 975 4133