By Vanessa Willoughby

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Whether you’re a fluent virtuoso or just looking to brush up your language skills, Connecticut offers a plethora of language classes that will cater to your skill level. Check out the list below for quality institutions and establishments that will be sure to help your achieve your goals.

Second Language, LLC
27 Hartford Turnpike, Suite 208
Vernon/Rockville, CT 06066
(860) 202-9011
Fax: (860) 649-1354
Hours: Closed Fri 5pm, Sat 12 noon, Sundays, Good Friday, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Day after Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day

English/ESL, Spanish, Italian, French, Mandarin, Russian, Polish, Portuguese
12 Weeks of lessons, 1 hour per week
1 person, 12 weeks, $499
2 persons, 12 weeks, $648 ($324 each person)
3 persons, 12 weeks, $864 ($288 each person)
4 persons, 12 weeks, $1,056 ($264 each person)
5 persons, 12 weeks, $1,220 ($244 each person)

American English Pronunciation
12 weeks of lessons, 1 hour per week
1 person, 12 weeks, $549
2 persons, 12 weeks, $675, $337.50 each person
Note: Other scheduling arrangements are possible. Payment must be received before your first lesson begins.

Located in Vernon, Connecticut, Second Language, LLC offers a wide variety of language classes for even the most inexperienced beginner. In addition to Spanish, Second Language, LLC offers classes in Italian, French, Mandarin, Russian and Polish. Additionally, they offer face-to-face language instruction, from one-on-one lessons or two-three friends receiving a group instruction. Second Language is also proud to offer flexible scheduling and the option to choose when you would like to officially start your lessons.

Alliance Francaise of Hartford
233 Peal Street
3rd Floor
Hartford, CT 06103
(860) 278-9999
Fax: (860) 293-1688
Hours: Office Hours Tuesday and Thursday, 1 p.m.-4 p.m. Other times, please call in a message and the Executive Director will respond promptly.

Rates: 10 Weeks – $260
Membership – $35 individual/$45 family

Operating as a non-profit organization, Alliance Francaise of Hartford is dedicated to the promotion of the French language. This particular chapter has been present in the Hartford area for the past 50 years. Other chapter locations include: Northwest Connecticut, New Haven, and Greenwich.

French A La Carte
153 Brewster Road
West Hartford, CT 06107
(860) 818-6421
Hours: Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m.-8 p.m.,
Friday 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday, Closed

Individuals French Language programs*
(Beginners, Intermediate, Advanced, Conversation, AP French Exam, DELF, TCF)

Private class, $75/hour, $110/90min.
Semi-private class, $40/hour, $60/90min.
Class (3-4 students), $30/hour, $40/90min.

L’heure de la nouvelle (advanced level)
Fall 2011 Mondays 9/19 – 10/24
11:45am – 12:45pm (4 classes)
Class, $72

Conversation class (intermediate/advanced level)
Summer 2011 Mondays 6/13 – 7/25
7:30pm – 8:30pm (6 classes)
Class, $162

Children French Language programs*
(French is Fun 5 – 10 years)
Fall 2011 Wednesdays starting 9/14
5:00pm – 5:45pm (8 classes)
Semi-private class                $ 240
Class (3-4 students)              $ 176

Corporate French Language programs*
(General, Business French)
Private class, $90/hour, $120/90min.
Semi-private class, $55/hour, $70/90min.
Class (3-5 students), $35/hour, $50/90min.

Online Tutoring (Skype)
One-on-one , $30/session (30 minutes)

*Travel fees apply for classes outside of West Hartford

French A La Carte takes pride in the fact that it employs teachers who are experienced native French speakers and hold a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree. The school uses a personalized approach to lessons; course programs are fashioned around the individual student’s abilities, personality, personal needs, and expectations.

2701 Summer Street
Stamford, CT 06905
(203) 964-0500
Hours: Weekday morning, afternoon and evening classes
Rates: Call for individual rates or visit the website to request specific prices

With more than 350 locations in 42 countries, Inlingua provides language training, translating, interpreting, and Interactive Voice Response Systems and more. The company prides itself on offering programs for business or pleasure, education or travel. Students can pick from the following language classes: Spanish, French, Italian, German, Portuguese, Russian, Greek, Hungarian, Japanese, Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese, Dutch, Arabic, Urdu, and Thai.

Irish American Community Center-Irish Language Classes
9 Venice Place
East Haven, CT 06512
(203) 469-3080
Hours: Wednesdays, 7:30 p.m., September-June

Rates: Classes are free, but registration is required.

Have you always wanted to learn Gaelic? The Irish American Club in East Haven offers free Irish language lessons for any level of expertise.  Established in 1985, the Irish American Club Language Group has around 25 regular members, divided into three classes. Additionally, select students from the Irish American Language Club compete in the Irish Language competition at the annual Connecticut Irish Festival in June.

German School of Connecticut
Rippowam Middle School
381 High Ridge School
Stamford, CT 06905
(203) 792-2795
Hours: Flummis, 9:30-11:00 a.m.
All Others: 9:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m.

Rates: One Student, One Semester: $445
One Student, Two Semesters (Year), $795
Two Students, One Semester, $410
Two Students, Two Semesters (Year), $760
Three Students, One Semester, $385
Three Students, Two Semesters (Year), $735
Four Students, One Semester, $335
Four Students, Two Semesters (Year), $685

Flummis, One Semester, $250
Two Semesters (Year), $450

The German School of Connecticut is made up of dedicated teachers, students, and parents who meet every Saturday morning during the school year to teach and learn German and support a variety of school activities.  The German School aims to develop students’ communicative proficiency in German and increase academic excellence.  The School offers classes for adults and children.

Vanessa Willoughby lives in Waterford. A recent graduate of The New School’s MFA program, she also blogs for the entertainment and music website,