EDUCATION: Where to Learn Languages

Written by Linnea Covington on . Posted in Breaking News, Posts.

Hills Learning 380 Lexington Ave., 17th Fl., betw. 41st & 42nd Sts., 212-551-7903, This Midtown school specializes in Asian languages including Chinese, Japanese, Korean and Thai. Each season they offer eight-week courses for $325. Some options include Beginning Chinese, Thai Conversation, and Japanese Through Manga for high school students. Spring classes start March 28.

ABC Language Exchange 146 W. 29th St., Ste. 6E, betw. 6th & 7th Aves., and 145 W. 30th St., 9th Fl., betw. 6th & 7th Aves., 212-563-7580, With two locations, this is one of the largest language schools in the country. They teach over 20 languages, including the popular Spanish and Chinese, Russian, Hebrew, Farsi and even Swahili and Urdu. They do six-, eight- and 12-week programs, ranging from $190 to $390.

New York Chinese Language Center 594 Broadway, Ste. 1002A, at W. Houston St., 212-219-0526, If you want to learn Mandarin Chinese, they offer four classes: beginners, intermediate, private tutoring and corporate training. The regular courses are $450 and run two hours a week for eight weeks, and there are monthly registrations available.

Japan Society 333 E. 47th St., betw. 1st & 2nd Aves., 212-832-1155, Catering to 400 to 500 students, this program is said to be one of the most successful Japanese studies in the country. They started in 1972 with one course, and now they offer 12 comprehensive levels of Japanese. The seasonal classes run 18 hours over various days and cost $290.

China Institute 125 E. 65th St., betw. Park & Lexington Aves., 212-744-8181, With 10-week-long seasonal classes offered at various times and days, this is one of the best schools for a busy person who wants to learn Mandarin. The classrooms range from 8 to 12 students, and they have courses for adults, high school students and younger children, starting at $390.

Xiao Bao Chinese at the Museum of Chinese in America 215 Centre St., betw. Grand & Hester Sts., 212-619- 4785, Created for children 5 and younger, this small school offers elementary Chinese. Semesters run 12 to 14 weeks and cost between $360 and $420. MOCA members get a discount, and if you enroll siblings you get $50 off.

92nd Street Y 1395 Lexington Ave. at 91st St., 212-415-5500, With beginning classes in Arabic, Hebrew, Spanish, Italian, Yiddish and Chinese, this Upper East Side education Mecca is a great place to go. Course run 10 or 11 days, and last an hour each session. Prices range from $250 to $275. Check online for the next available schedule.

Compiled by Linnea Covington