1. Beginner’s Mandarin:
Jonathan is an excellent teacher with a good sense of humor. The class was always lively and I looked forward to it. That being said, the pace was way too slow and did not sufficiently challenge me. It seemed too laid-back for adult learners — i.e., people that WANT to be where they are and WANT to develop a working knowledge of the language. I did like the method of reviewing every class but found the learning of new material too slow. I also wish we learned to write the characters. I might return some day, maybe if they have a Groupon or discount, but for now, I have a private, non-ABC language Mandarin tutor to teach spoken and written Mandarin (I wish I could afford ABC’s Jonathan as a private tutor!)
2. Russian – private tutoring
Dmitry is top, top-notch. I went to him to review field-specific Russian and moved into a review of my grammatical weaknesses (as a heritage speaker). He challenged me, kept the pace up, and gave me at-home assignments to do. I would go to Dmitry again for private tutoring and I’d recommend him to anybody — just wish I had the bank account to match at the moment (the instructors at ABC deserve every cent!!)
I took a 6-week beginner’s Italian course with ABC Language Exchange. I had some issues with my schedule, but the staff was helpful, courteous, and understanding. They allowed me to change my class and get a better professor. My Italian instructor, Tony, was extremely knowledgeable about the language, history, and culture. I learned a lot from him and really enjoyed the class, as it allowed me to gain a basic understanding of the Italian language. I look forward to using it later this year when I am in Italy!
I enjoyed studying here. I took advanced Arabic for about six months with Rabah. The staff is helpful and flexible. Rabah is a very good teacher; he does a great job of getting new students up to speed in the class, too. I am very glad that he doesn’t just teach from the textbook, but also leads discussions of news or culture.
After I graduated from college I was looking for a place to continue studying Japanese so I wouldn’t lose my skill. I started studying at ABC Language Exchange with Shimada-sensei on a weekly basis. Every week I got the personal attention I needed in class for my skill level and saw a vast improvement in my reading comprehension and conversation skills. I even took the JLPT test and passed! The staff is awesome! I highly recommend it!
This school is amazing! Accommodating staff, well-structured courses, and professional teachers.
I have been taking basic Arabic with Joseph Halabi. Such a fun teacher! Arabic is not an easy language when you have absolutely zero knowledge. But Joseph made it fun, accessible, interesting, and motivating! I highly recommend ABC Languages.
I have two boys, 8 and 10 yrs old, taking European Portuguese via online classes with Sao Fonseca through ABC Language School. She has been wonderful with both boys accessing their level and tailoring instruction appropriate for their ages and abilities. She is reliable in setting up zoom classes and sending out and reviewing homework. She plays games with the kids to make it fun and gives lots of praise. We couldn’t be happier, and I see their confidence growing when they are speaking with our native Portuguese family members.
I took beginners’ Arabic with David for about nine months. David is an extremely knowledgeable, patient, and attentive teacher. I went from absolutely zero knowledge to being able to read, write, and speak basic Arabic. We understand a good deal of grammar, vocabulary, and conversational phrases. David frequently brings in media, news articles, Internet pages, and more, giving me confidence that my knowledge is practical and realistic. I’ve been able to have several conversations with my Arabic-speaking friends. Classes began in-person but transitioned to online due to the pandemic. The online classes are well-run, fluid, and recorded. Our textbook (Mastering Arabic) is thorough, with great explanations and pedagogy. I would happily take more classes with David; every session is delightful.
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Each week we review, learn new words and grammar, and carefully move through exercises that increase our abilities. The students have been enthusiastic and engaged and no question is too small to ask! Whatever the lesson needs, Leila is on it in a friendly gracious manner. whether we are breaking a word into each consonant sound, or reviewing a new grammatical structure that hasn’t been covered. And as we move forward, she challenges us along the way. While everyone has different needs, Leila works with the students according to their ability and interest. Having an excellent teacher in a complicated language is truly a luxury. The staff at the institute have also been very friendly and helpful.
I’ve been a student at ABC Languages (Arabic with Leila, she’s THE BEST!) since January 2016 and it’s been such a fantastic experience. My teacher Leila is truly gifted with explaining languages and motivating all her students to feel empowered and explore the language. Her native fluency in Arabic (MSA and multiple dialects across the region), as well as her fluency in English and French, makes it really useful when trying to explain or compare grammar concepts in Arabic to English speakers. I look forward to my lessons every Saturday and have made some great friends in the class as well. ABC Languages staff are friendly and helpful (Karen who handles the payments and scheduling on Saturdays always says hi to me by name!) and are always striving to give their students the best possible experience at affordable prices. Highly recommend ABC Languages and come to study Arabic with Leila! You will not regret it!