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Are you having a dilemma about what language to learn?

Do you want to have the romance of the Spanish language? Do you want to learn Chinese just because more and more people are using it? Or do you just want to have lips always ready to kiss while speaking French? We suggest that you learn the language that you need most.

If you dream of speaking Greek but your employer suggests that you learn basic German, then save Greek for later. If you are studying the Japanese culture, then study Japanese. Russian can wait. Below are descriptions of some popular world languages.

Spanish

The Spanish language is also known as Castilian and Español. The language considered as a Romantic language which originated in Castile, a region in Spain. It is diverse language and widely spoken as a local language, second language and foreign language by approximately 500 million people in more than 20 countries worldwide.

Unsurprisingly, many people want to learn Spanish because of its popularity mainly in the countries in the western hemisphere and Europe. In fact, the Spanish is at present the second most studied language and is extensively used in international communication. The number of Spanish learners doubles every year.

Many people, especially the members of the business sector recognize the numerous benefits they can get from studying the Spanish language. It is both practical and an investment for them to learn the language. They can use Spanish to transact business and communicate with their employees and co-workers and serve Hispanic costumers. Spanish proficiency can also be an edge when seeking for a job opportunity in the United States. Spanish can be useful in the field of education and healthcare. Not to mention, construction industries are employing more Spanish speaking workers. The other benefits of learning Spanish language includes the large percentage of the US population and European Union speak Spanish, media and internet users speaks Spanish and Spanish influences the world economies to name a few.

Whatever the reasons for learning the Spanish language whether it would be for professional or career goals, education, research or examination purposes, or just for pure fun, you can surely find the best Spanish language schools for you. And where else could be the best place to learn this romantic language but from the country where is it widely spoken. The following are some of the best locations to learn Spanish in Spain and Mexico.

Share our passion for Spanish
Learn Spanish in Quito or Cuenca with Yanapuma Foundation and Spanish School.

Learn Spanish in Peru with El Sol. Spanish school in Lima, offering Spanish courses, homestay, volunteer opportunities and more.

TANDEM Madrid
A traditional Spanish school in Madrid, with over 35 years of experience and an innovative method.

Spanish courses in South America
Academia Latinoamericana de Español offers courses in Cusco (Peru), Quito (Ecuador) and Sucre (Bolivia).

French

There are many reasons to learn French. For one, it is the mother tongue of 75 million people. Also, roughly 200 million people worldwide understand, write, and speak the language. Next to Spanish and Portuguese, it is the third-largest Romance language when it comes to the number of native speakers. As a Romance language, French is Latin’s daughter language, although there have been traces of Ancient Greek influence. French is the world’s 11th most widely-spoken language and it is the official language in 33 countries.

In addition, French is an administrative or administrative language in a number of communities and international organizations (including the United Nations, European Union, World Trade Organization, International Olympic Committee, African Union, World Anti-Doping Agency, IHO, International Court of Justice, International Political Science Association, International Secretariat for Water, European Broadcasting Union, International Bureau of Weights and Measures, Universal Postal Union, ESA, Interpol, FINA, NATO, UCI, FIA, FIFA, and many more. It is one of the United Nations’ six official languages.

While the status of the French language as the primary language for international communication and business has declined since its height in the 1700s and 1800s because of the steady rise of English, it manages to maintain a prominent position.

The Constitution of France holds that French has been the country’s official language since 1992. The country mandates the use of this language in public education outside of legal contracts and specific cases, as well as official government publications. In addition, foreign words appearing in advertisements should bear a French translation. Contrary to the common misunderstanding in the British and American media, the country does not ban the use of foreign words any private publication in nor in websites, as this would infringe French people’s constitutional right of freedom of speech.

France is the best country if you want to learn French. There are very good language schools in Paris, Nice, Cannes, Montpellier, Bordeaux, Lyon, and Toulouse. If you want to learn the language in Canada, consider enrolling in a language school in Montreal or Quebec. And if you want to travel to Switzerland, learn French in Montreux.

We recommend

Study French in Montpellier
The Institut Européen de Français has been teaching French since 2001 in the beautiful city of Montpellier, South of France. Definitely, it’s a great place to learn French: an university town, many things to do, near the Mediterranean see with a pleasant climate.

Study French in Paris
Lutece Langue has been teaching French in Paris for over 20 years. Specially popular among foreign residents in Paris interested in professional French courses.

Study French in your teacher’s home
S.L. Immersion offers a different alternative. Instead of taking a course in a school, students live and learn French at their teachers’ home, totally immersed in the culture 24/7.

Italian

Italian is a member of the Romance group under the Italic subfamily of the Indo-European language family. It is Italy’s and San Marino’s official language, and is one of Switzerland’s official languages. It is spoken by roughly 58 million people in Italy, 840,000 in Switzerland, and 24,000 in San Marino. Another 1 million in people in other European countries speak Italian. It is spoken by about 5 million people in North and South America.

Considering Italy’s historical and cultural importance, Italian has become a major world language today. The country’s influence spans from antiquity to the modern times, of which the Roman and the Renaissance periods are perhaps its most significant moments. Since Roman times, the country has exported its culture and literature to other parts of Europe and the world in the areas of Romanitas, Latin literature, opera, humanism, science, film, fashion, political thought, cuisine, architecture, and design.

Italian is historically Latin’s daughter language. Northern Italian dialects are composed of Venetian and the Gallo-Italian (including Ligurian, Piedmontese, Emilian, and Lombard). The major dialects in the southern part of Italy are Tuscan and various others from Sicily to Umbria. Spoken on the island of Sardinia, Sardinian is adequately different from other dialects. Many consider it as a Romance language.

Similar to the dialects spoken in northern Italy, the Rhaeto-Romance forms are widely spoken in the region bordering Italy and Switzerland. No one exactly knows when Italian could be differentiated from its parent tongue. There is no Italian text recorded before the 10th century.

Do you wish to learn Italian in the country where it is the official language and immerse in its very rich culture?  Learn the language in Italy and you will be awed by its amazing heritage! Check out language schools in Alghero, Castelfusano, Elba, Florence, Genoa, Lignano, Milan, Naples, Pisa, Rome, Salerno, San Giovanni, Siena, Sorrento, Taormina, Trieste, Tropea, Venice, and Viareggio.

Learning Italian will allow you to appreciate, understand, and analyze an enormous treasury of human expression. It will give you the opportunity not only to acquire the language but also to explore the country’s past and present from the most rewarding vantage point.

German

The German language is a member of the West Germanic group under the Germanic subfamily of the Indo-European language family. It is Germany’s and Austria’s official language and is also one of Switzerland’s official languages.

Altogether roughly 100 million people in the world speak German as their first language. There are 77 million German speakers in Germany, 8 million in Austria, and 4.5 million in Switzerland. There are 2 million German speakers in Canada and the United States and another 2 million in Latin America.

In addition, there are several additional millions of people who speak German throughout Europe, including Belarus, the Baltic republics, France, the Czech Republic, Poland, Hungary, Russia, Romania, Slovakia, the Balkan states, and Ukraine. German is also important as a commercial and cultural second language for several millions of people in Eastern, Northern, and Central Europe and in South and North America.

German shares its code of communication with a number of countries. Whether you visit the wonderful Austria, to the German-speaking part of Switzerland, Belgium, or even certain parts of Luxemburg, eastern France or northern Italy, you can put into effect the knowledge obtained during your language stay. Therefore, learning German will open up a wide range of new culture to you.

Immerse yourself in the German culture and language on a course at one of language schools in Germany. The country offers German language courses in a variety of locations, including Augsburg, Berlin, Cologne, Frankfurt, Freiburg, Hamburg, Heidelberg, Lindau, Munich, Munster, Radolfzell, and Regensburg. You can also learn German at a language school in Austria.

With something special for all seasons, any time is a good time to learn German at one of these schools. If you want, you can always choose to study the language in Munich in October, and take part in the world famous Oktoberfest – 17 days of Bavarian beer, parties, and pretzels. If you are into arts and culture, choose a school in Berlin, a city that boasts cafes and art galleries that rival London or New York.

Russian

Russian is the most extensively spoken language in Eurasia and is the most widespread of all the Slavic languages. Spoken by around 280 million people around the world, Russian is one of the five major world languages. A language of political importance in the 1900s, it is one of the six official languages used in the United Nations, and more than 25% of the scientific literature in the world is published in this language.

Russian belongs to the Indo-European family of languages. Within the Slavic language group, it is one of the living members of the East Slavic group; Ukrainian and Belarusian are the other two living members. There have been written examples of the East Slavonic language from the 10th century onwards. While it preserves most East Slavonic synthetic-inflexional structure as well as a Common Slavonic word base, the modern Russian language exhibits a huge stock of borrowed international vocabulary for science, technology, and politics.

There is no best time to learn Russian in Russia. You can learn it any time of year, where every season give you something unforgettable. The very long evenings in the summer period give you a valid excuse to be merry all night. In winter, you will walk along snow-covered streets that are blown out of the pages of some great Russian story. In spring, see how Russians celebrate the thawing of the snow.

Learn Russian at one of language schools in St Petersburg or Moscow, and explore this fascinating country of interesting people and extravagant palaces. As a student at a Russian language school in the country, you will benefit from top-class facilities that include wifi zones and free Internet access. Some language schools in these two destinations will give you a free guided city tour. They also run all-inclusive activities, with optional excursions that include walking tours, vodka tasting, boat cruises, and a Russian steam bath.

You can select from a wide range of Russian courses in the country, all taught by experienced and fully-qualified native Russian instructors. The Standard Course is for those wanting to learn the basics. But if you’d like to learn more about the Russian culture and language, you can always avail of the Intensive Course.

Chinese

Chinese is spoken over one billion people and is the world’s number one spoken language. China has many co-existing languages and dialects, but the most popular form is Mandarin Chinese, the country’s official language. Mandarin is also known as Guanhua (“official speech”) or Beifanghua (“Northern Dialect”). It is a category of Chinese dialects used across most of southwestern and northern China. When we take the mandarin dialects as a separate language, it still has more speakers than any other language.

With the country becoming a significant player in the global economic markets, it is about time to learn to write and speak Chinese. The best way to study this language is to travel to the country and cram yourself with the colorful Chinese culture while acquiring the language. About one out of five people in the world speak this language, so why don’t you hop on the trend and learn it in China.

China is so massive that you need time and patience to explore its culture. Well, it would take you forever to discover this exceptionally captivating place. Why not learn Chinese while becoming captivated by the enchanting culture and surrounding yourself with the good-natured people? Ask any Chinese language learner or traveler that has been in the country, and they will admire the Chinese people for their good-natured, courteous manners.

Schools that teach Chinese dot all major cities in the country. They sport excellent facilities, usually including native teachers, bilingual instructors, or individuals with a bachelor’s or master’s degree in teaching Chinese as a foreign language.

You can choose to learn Chinese at a language school in Beijing. But if you are looking for the very modern China, you might want to consider Shanghai, an extremely modern city but still full of history and sophistication. Alternatively, you can learn Chinese overlooking beautiful beaches, at a language school in Qingdao, the leading coastal resort in the country.

Arabic

Arabic is one of the most fascinating languages in the world. Its culture, history, and antiquity, make it a very interesting language to study. Arabic is among the six major world languages with roughly 190 million native speakers. Used throughout the Muslim world, Arabic is the language of Qur’an, Islam’s holy book.

Arabic has numerous dialects and sublanguages but Classical Arabic (the language used in the Qur’an) has been modified as Modern Standard Arabic. It is now widely used in in the mosques, in books, newspapers, television and radio, and in exchange between Arabs from different parts of the world.

In fact, the Modern Standard Arabic language has been the liturgical and the literary language of Islam since the 7th century. Nowadays, there is a repeated call to learn this language due to the universal revolution of technological progress, communication, tourism, and economic cooperation.

The importance of the Arabic language has largely increased in the professional and social spheres. It now interests millions of non-Arabic people and numerous universities all over the world offer Arabic courses. Learning Arabic could be somewhat difficult as it takes much practice and time. However, it is considerably less complicated compared to other world languages such as Latin and German.

If you want or need to learn to read and speak Arabic with fluency, then we suggest you learn the language in the Egyptian capital. Where the ancient and the traditional blend with the modern and the hip, it’s Cairo. The largest city in Africa and the education hub for the Arab world, not to mention its being the center of government offices, Cairo is a wonderful place to learn Arabic culture and language.

One of the many advantages of enrolling in an Arabic course at a language school in the city is that Aameya and Fousha (the two most common Arabic versions) exist side by side in the country. Arabic schools in the Egyptian capital offer courses in both versions.

Study Arabic

CCLT Morocco offers Arabic courses in Rabat, Morocco. They teach both Modern Standard Arabic (MSA) and Colloquial Moroccan Arabic (CMA) or “Darija”.

Ahlan World offers Arabic courses in Egypt, Jordan and Morocco. They have Arabic schools in the cities of Cairo, Alexandria, Luxor (Egypt), Rabat (Morocco) and Amman (Jordan).

Greek

Learning Greek is a good opportunity to be in vanguard with other major languages in the world – the professionals in the New Europe who speak more than one language have higher market values than  those who speak only their native language. Learning Greek is a practical endeavor because it is a useful language. It is spoken by millions of people of Greek origin in many parts of the world, most especially the United States and Australia. Greek is a sister language of Spanish considering the similarities in phonetics and structures.

If you wish to learn Greek, there are many language schools in the country out there that offer a wide range of quality Greek courses. Greek courses in Greece run throughout the year and learners come from a wide variety of nationalities. In general, language teachers in the country are fully qualified native Greek speakers. All of them have a university degree and many teachers have specialist training in the teaching of Greek to foreign learners.

Greek language schools are located in Athens and Crete. Athens is a cosmopolitan city where you’ll see a great mix of different people and cultures. The ancient city was a strong city-state, a center of learning, arts, and philosophy. The city’s metropolitan area is the center of the Greek economy, political, cultural, financial, and industrial life. Athens is also becoming one of Europe’s major business centers.

Hania, Crete attracts visitors with its lovely and welcoming people, delicious cuisine, and archaeological sites. It also boasts of gorgeous panoramas combined by its charming villages, magnificent churches, and wonderful caves that embellish the city’s lovely prefecture.  Language schools in this city are ideal for those who wish to combine a Greek language course with a holiday atmosphere, away from the hustle and bustle of the crowded city. Some of the schools organize excursions to festivals and to many of the city’s most beautiful beaches.

English

English is the main language of the United States, the United Kingdom, the Republic of Ireland, Canada, New Zealand, and Australia. It is also one of the official languages of numerous other countries, such as India and even the Philippines.

English is the first language of around 300-400 million people. It is the most understood and widely taught language in the world. It is estimated that about 1.9 billion people in the world have an elementary proficiency in this language.

Learning the English language is very important in today’s world. For one, it is the dominant international language used in science, communications, aviation, business, diplomacy, and entertainment. It is also the dominant language in the Internet world.

English is an offshoot of the Indo-European language family. This broad family of languages includes most of the languages spoken in Europe today. Major branches include Greek, the Germanic languages (German, Swedish, English, etc.), Latin and the modern Romance languages (Spanish, French, Italian, etc.), and the Slavic languages (Russian, Czech, Polish, etc.). The family also0 includes the Indo-Iranian languages (Urdu, Hindi, Sanskrit etc.), the Celtic languages (Gaelic, Welsh, Irish, etc.), and the Baltic languages (Lithuanian and Latvian).

If you’d like to travel to the United Kingdom to learn English while experiencing its rich culture, you can check out English language schools in London, Cambridge, Oxford, Manchester, and Brighton. If you are a fan of watersports such as surfing, windsurfing, snorkeling, and jetskiing, then Australia is your best bet to study the language. There are many prestigious language schools in Sydney. You may also consider visiting the delightful Island of Malta, located south of Sicily in the Mediterranean Sea. There are English language schools in Sliema and St. Julians.

Canada means whale watching, Niagara Falls, wilderness, wine tours, skiing, golfing, and the outdoors – while learning the English language. Check out language schools in Vancouver and Toronto. South Africa is also a lovely and culturally diverse country to study in. The famous language school in Cape Town boasts splendid views of Table Mountain and is a walk from Long Street in the city center and about 10-minute bus ride away to the beach. It is always a good idea to learn English in the United States. Check out language schools in Miami, New York, Boston, Chicago, Honolulu, Santa Barbara, and San Francisco.

Japanese

Japanese is spoken by more than 127 million people in Japan and also by Japanese communities all over the world. Japanese is considered agglutinative and is made unique by a complex system of honorifics that mirror the society’s hierarchical nature – particular vocabulary and verb forms indicate the relative status of the listener and the speaker. This language has a lexically unique pitch-accent system and the sound inventory is relatively small. Japanese has been recorded since the 8th century, when major works of the Old Japanese were collected.

Japanese is written using a combination of different types of glyphs: the Chinese characters (kanji), and the two syllabic scripts of katakana and hiragana. The Latin alphabet (romaji) is also normally used in the modern Japanese language, especially for things like advertising, company names, as well as when inputting the language into a computer. In general, Western style Arabic numerals are also used for numbers, but traditional Japanese/Chinese numberings are also common.

All in all, the Japanese vocabulary has been largely influenced by borrowings from many other languages. A huge number of words were derived from Chinese, or formed using Chinese models, over a 1,500-year period. Since the late 1800s, Japanese has loaned a significant number of words from English and other Western languages.

If you want to learn Japanese or broaden your skills in this language, then we suggest that you bite the bullet and head to Japan. Experience this beautiful land of volcanic mountains, magnificent coastlines, lovely cherry blossoms, and eccentric people – while learning the Japanese language.

If you want to get ahead in the world of technology or marketing, Japanese is the language to learn. After all, Japan is the world’s second largest market. The country may be the only place to speak and write Japanese, but as the market thrives, learning Japanese will be beneficial to every foreign language learner and also to people with a knack for business.

Japanese has become a popular language to learn. This explains the numerous Japanese language schools in every city (especially Tokyo) that await your arrival. Regardless of which school you decide to go to, all of them provide excellent courses as well as a very welcoming atmosphere. All teachers are natives of Japan and know the language by heart as they have been teaching Japanese for many years. Language courses run at various levels, so there is sure to be a course for you.

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