Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Beyond Bonjour, Hola, and Privet

Want to combine a little education with your travel? Go beyond learning how to say "hello," "thank you," and "where can I find beer?" ("Wo finde ich Bier?" in German, if you're curious.) What better way to study a language than in its native country! Here are a few schools where you can scratch your academic itch.

{Photo by ilkerender}
Want to conquer Spanish in South America? Check out the Espanex Spanish Language School in Argentina. Their programs range from “Standard Spanish” to “Extreme Spanish and Paragliding.” Extreme indeed! You can even sign up for a class pairing Spanish and Tango, should you put your dancing feet to the test. Their web site also directs folks to internships and volunteer opportunities throughout Argentina. Campuses are located in Buenos Aires, Cordoba, and Bariloche.

{This could be you!}
Parlez-vous français? Non? You can rectify that by studying in Paris at Alliance Française, located a mere three blocks from the famed Luxembourg Gardens. With over 1,000 establishments in 136 countries, Alliance Française prides itself on being the leading cultural network worldwide. They offer both day and evening classes for beginners and advanced speakers. Prefer a more low-key location for your French study? Take a look at French in Normandy.

{Meet this lady personally at Peterhof}
Craving caviar, opulence, and copious amounts of vodka? Russia’s calling! You can study right in the heart of historic St. Petersburg at Liden & Denz. The only Russian members of the International Association of Language Centres (IALC), they offer courses for academic, leisure, or business purposes as well as teacher training and classes for seniors. Liden & Denz also have a campus in Moscow, should your travels take you there.

You can find handy reviews of these and other language schools across the globe at My Language Travel.

Atención linguaphiles! Share your language study experience.

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