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1. International Center For Language Studies

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24 reviews
International Center For Language Studies
Location
5
Prices
5
Classes
5
Facilities
5
Teachers
5

Address: 1133 15th St NW #600, Washington, DC 20005

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 8:30AM Thu

Telephone: (202) 639-8800

Guy: Language school


Review: Their website mentions classes and portuguese courses

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Teacher Jessie Foreign Language Instructor.: As a student and also as a former teacher I can say that ICLS exceed your expectations. Great resources, well trained and experienced teachers from different backgrounds. ICLS cares about their teachers and students. It was a wonderful experience not only to work there but also take some French lessons.

Olivia Hoffmann: Positive: ProfessionalismI loved my Spanish class at ICLS this fall. My instructor communicated well with our class. I learned conversational and professional skills. I'd definitely recommend it to anyone looking to further their language education!

Tatyana Ariyevich: Positive: Communication, Professionalism, QualityI took 2 tests with ICLS. The staff was professional yet friendly, and the testing process was well-organized. The instructions for both tests were clear and sent ahead of time. I received my test results in an hour. I would highly recommend ICLS for language testing.

Veronika Jerdetski: Positive: Communication, Professionalism, Quality, ValueI really enjoyed my French evening group class w Philippe! I gained a lot of knowledge about grammar & the class was heavily focused on improving students’ speaking ability. The value I got from my studies is certainly worth the (very reasonable) tuition. Thank you!

Hongying Jia: Don't take test through this company. I should read this review before I picked this company as my tester. I'm a native Mandarin speaker who was born in China and had schools from elementary through post graduate school. I have been teaching Mandarin in US for 10 years. I just took other two Mandarin tests from other organizations and get superior level in Mandarin. But the testers of this company, ICLS, gave me a randomly low score. Same thing, they won't review my test until I pay another $200.

Brigid O'Donnell: I took an evening foreign language here. Classes are engaging and teachers are knowledgeable. The curriculum is rigorous but manageable for busy people. 5/5 experience, would recommend.

Driss Bernoussi: I took the Spanish evening group class for beginners and it was an amazing experience. This is much different than learning a language in high school or college, which was much more boring for me. At ICLS, they get you speaking Spanish from the beginning, and its highly interactive style helps you become comfortable with your classmates. My teacher, Astrid, was fantastic. Our class became so close that by the end we went out for a dinner on our last class and practiced ordering in Spanish. I highly recommend to any language learner in the DC area that is looking to take a class after work. It meets twice a week so it is perfectly manageable for my busy schedule.
Response: Thank you, Driss! We are glad that you found our teaching methodology to be helpful to your learning process.

Brent Peabody: Great school. I can say for what they lack in number of courses offered they make up for with the quality of the instruction itself. I took 30 hours of intensive Portuguese, and the instructor (Nilzelaine) made personal Powerpoints tailored to me before each session. The only downside is that during summer they don't have enough students to host group classes for less-studied languages, so be sure to confirm with them if they're actually teaching a class even if it's listed on their website. The thing that mosts distinguishes ICLS is the quality of their instructors. Mine spoke English flawlessly (so understood some of the difficulties in learning Portuguese from an English perspective) and had a background in pedagogy. Also nice is the fact ICLS classrooms have amenities like computers and projectors... this may sound basic, but I when I took classes at the International Language Institute, there was nothing but a whiteboard in each classroom. This may sound nice but for the fact it's so much easier to convey information through a prepared Powerpoint than, say, writing each conjugation over and over again on a whiteboard.
Response: Thank you Brent! We are glad that you enjoyed your class with Nilzelaine!

Berkay DEMIRKAN: I have studied English (ESL) Program in ICLS for a year and half. It was a great experience. The instructors were really friendly and they cared about our learning progress a lot. It wasn't just a language school, it was a cultural experience.
Response: Thank you, Berkay! You are a great student. We are glad that you are using your English to achieve your professional goals.

Nataliya Alekseyenko: Do not use them for language testing. I was tested in Russian<>English and neither one of the two testers were native speakers unlike me. They gave me random scores indicating I do not have competence in my native language and when I asked to explain their grading criteria they said they wouldn't but I could pay them even more money for their graders to review my scores. I have been teaching foreign language at several universities for over 10 years and I am very disappointed in their assessment and lack of accountability.

2. International Language Institute

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57 reviews
International Language Institute
Location
5
Prices
5
Classes
5
Facilities
5
Teachers
5

Address: 1717 Rhode Island Ave NW #100, Washington, DC 20036

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 8:30AM Thu

Telephone: (202) 362-2505

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keith o'connor: We went though Caribou for our refinancing and our experience was great thanks to Daniel Schoonmaker! He was very helpful and kept us updated on our status through email, text, and phone calls. If we had any questions he would get back to us fast with answers. He was awesome!

C D: I did not get the level of instruction I expected. While my instructor was a nice person, I expected the beginner class to build vocabulary and grammar, however we rapidly advanced beyond the basics. When discussing the class with a fellow student, he said he was having difficulty and he studied the same language in college. Ultimately, the final day of class came and only myself and another student showed up for the “final.” When I requested I discount to repeat the beginner course, I was told there are no refunds or discounts. I understand we are still working in Covid limitations and business isn’t quite what it was beforehand, but providing subpar instruction and effectively telling me to “deal with it”, is bad business. The instructor even told us the faculty told them to slow down, so they were aware it wasn’t proceeding effectively. I’ll be continuing my instruction with another provider.

Aurelia K: I've taken several Persian classes with ILI over the past 6 months and I recommend them. The Persian instructor is fantastic, as are the remote training capabilities. Classes start and end on time, and the time we do have is used to the fullest so I get my money's worth. I like that the class sizes are small enough that I get individual attention. I will say that you should be confident about the level you are signing up for - I find that some students will sign up for more advanced levels than they should, but that's not ILI's fault. Finally, the coordination is smooth and it's easy to contact Jane with issues or concerns. I'll be continuing to use ILI for my Persian learning in the future!

Monir Salim: I like the school very much. All of the teachers are very knowledgeable, friendly and cooperative. The educational environment for the international student is very positive. I miss my teachers. Jim & Jena are very good instructor for TOEFL preparation class. Bethany, Bonnie, Jennifer and Cloudia are also so good in the school management.

Fox World: Disclaimer: This is not my entire review. This is only part 1. I recently paid this organization $200 to take their Spanish proficiency exams(speaking,listening, reading, and writing). I have independently studied and spoken Spanish for almost 5 years now. I have taken 2 Spanish 1 courses. One for Freshman high school and the other for Freshman college. I received an A for both of these Courses. One of the stipulations to take the Spanish 1 course in college was to pass a Spanish Placement test and I scored off the charts. The highest class they had was Spanish 4 but the only class that was availible was Spanish 1 due to lack of enrollment. I already knew I was fluent in Spanish before I took this exam. I also speak multiple other languages, including French, Chinese, Egyptian Arabic, Japanese, Korean, Swahili, Yoruba, Seminole, Samoan, Hebrew, and Brazillian Porteguese. While none of them are as fluent as my Spanish, I am progressing towards this level of fluency and higher. I figured I would get the equivalent of at least a C1 on the CEFR scale for all of the tests I took. I was very unsatisfied with the results I received. I know for a fact that the results of my exams had been altered due to unjustified, ruthless, disgusting hatred, jealousy, and bias towards my Beautiful Rich Brown Skin, my Profundly Deep Rich Brown Eyes, my powerful royal Alkebulanian and Native American ancestery, my strong life giving, Woman gender, my Opulent Muslim Niqab, my genetic and aquired intelligence, my knowledge of other languages, my impeccable Spanish accent, my undeniable fluency, my flawless,coherent, and grammatically correct writing sample of my trip to Mexico, my desire to become an interpreter,my logical views on the worthlessness of make up, and my voluntary exit from formal schooling to pursue a 4 test GED rather than waste my precious time and intellect on 4 years of obeying rude, disrespectful unfrofessionals like the ones at ILI treating me as if I am less than then when I am more and will always be. Ever since I dropped out of highschool with a 4.33 GPA with Extra, Honors, and College credits, due to the utter lack of respect I had been receiving for years, I have been avoiding school settings. Every time I go back to one, I am reminded of why I left. Why I wake up every morning whenever I want to.Why I study what I love, not what I'm forced to. Why I live with and take care of the people that I love,not who I'm forced to sit in a classroom with. I am always so glad that I left the rat race when I did. Due to the inheret bussiness of my life, I wasn't actually planning on writing a review at first eventhough I knew she lied about my results. But when she had the audacity to send me an email in reference to my Spanish writing with a document attached to so called help me with my Spanish learning, I immeaditey decided that I had to write this review to combat the additonal blatant disrespect. I never even opened the document because I already know I need no such help conveying my thoughts in Spanish. She gave me the lowest level on Spanish writing when she knew I deserved a much higher level so she used the email and attachment to validate her lie. The only problem with my writing was a complete lack of accents, but I asked her before writing how to format the accents in Zoom and she said not to worry about them and that she'd imagine that they were there. It amuses me that she sent me an email after the fact pretending to provide resources for my supposedly poor Spanish writing skills when I was in the Zoom interview listening to her sigh loudly multiple times with an impatient look 4 minutes in to my paragraph. If you so called cared so much, then why did you sigh like I was wasting your time? That was extremely rude and highly unproffesional behavior for an instructor to exhibit in the presence of a student. This was in addition to disapproving and condescending looks and tones.

Faith Macpherson: The classes are the perfect amount of homework to class work for someone with a full time job and not too many hours to spare. The teacher is good at continuing to use the language when giving instructions and explanations, only swapping out to English when necessary. Only criticism is that I wish there could be a placement exam as levels differ greatly within a class and the guidelines aren't very helpful. Have enjoyed classes so far and would consider continuing to next levels.

Romain Devaux: I would not recommend Hindi classes. The teacher is really nice but is just not a teacher (and I am a language teacher, I can tell). No instructive approach, no teaching material but her book she followed to the letter. She kept distressing, reading chapters after chapters without taking the time to let us actually use the language. My advise - ask for a trial course to get to know the teacher before making any commitment to that school.

Leslie Shah: I really liked the International Language Institute (ILI). ILI has clear rules and expectations of teachers, staff, and students. There is a high degree of client customer service, respect and trust. ILI wants and works for student success. They offer and do as they so they do. Testing and Assessment are routine and part of progression.

Chaleeya Sri-intaranan: I had an appointment there to meet with the director name Fredrick! I really want to go to school but I have my visa situation (change of status) especially curently visa situation in the immigration is really bad and take so long. (But I have a Lawer on my side) Anyway, the way he looked at me and talked to me like I’m fresh from the boat!! And he said I’m just trying to get the visa just for staying in America !!! Not for studying!!!!!!!! I can’t believe that I heard that word from a school director!!! That’s unprofessional, but now I got acceptance from the other schools already. I definitely not recommend this school !! They should have talked to applicants better more polite and more Professional!!!
Response: I'm very sorry to hear that you feel like you were not treated fairly and professionally. That was certainly not my intention. As I explained to you when we had our meeting, your case is very complicated. Not only were you already here in the U.S. as an au-pair for two years, but you also have two B1/B2 visitor change of status applications pending for almost a full year. If you now file change of status application to be an F1 student you would have to file another B1/B2 extension application without even having a decision on your pending applications. I'm not an immigration attorney, but I'm not sure this is even possible. We have never had a case like this in my 16 years as director of ILI. As I also explained to you, if you want to be a student it would be a lot easier and quicker to travel back to your country and apply for the student visa from there. It is currently taking about one year to get a response on change of status applications. However, you stated you really wanted to stay here and wait another year to begin your studies if approved. I respectfully informed you that we are unfortunately not willing to accept your application due to the complicated nature of it, but you insisted that we should still help you. I wish you the best with your application and future plans of being a student in the U.S.

Sharon Borton: I've been at ILI for 2 years this summer and, have progressed quickly because the instructors are patient and non-judgmental, the classes are small (4-6) so there is a lot of individual attention and a great deal of expected participation and, the language is learned in every medium, i.e., conversational, reading and writing. And, finally, it is a lot of fun to learn another language and finally begin to feel confident about speaking another language. I highly recommend ILI.

3. International School of Languages

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15 reviews
International School of Languages
Location
4.6
Prices
4.4
Classes
4.3
Facilities
4.3
Teachers
4.5

Address: 7906 Woodmont Ave, Bethesda, MD 20814

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 9AM Thu

Telephone: (301) 312-8847

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John Wood: As a current student I can say I am a huge fan of ISL for many reasons. I have been taking Portuguese there online with a fantastic professor and support staff and am having a lot of fun learning the language. When I visited Brazil my inlaws / family / friends all were asking me how I had improved so much recently and I told them about my classes at ISL. They told me I must have a good teacher and I said I definitely do. Other benefits include the flexibility of online classes and the the very affordable cost. Overall I am extremely happy with ISL and am excited I am finally on my way to becoming bilingual.
Response: Thank you so much John for your nice review! It is great that your Portuguese classes are going well with Rosangela and that you have accomplished so much. We are very happy to have you as a student!

June Lee: My daughter worked with a wonderful tutor from middle school through her high school graduation to supplement her school French class and to improve her French speaking/listening comprehension. As her schedule became busier I would check to see if she wanted to continue the tutoring sessions and the answer was always a strong YES. Johannes' patience, warmth and natural teaching style really helped her improve her level, confidence and interest in truly learning beyond school. Johannes and the staff at ISL are invested in their students - celebrating, congratulating or showing concern as life events happen outside of class. This is a connection we will always appreciate.
Response: Dear June, thank you very much for sharing your experience at ISL. We are lucky to have such nice students!

Tatijana Pesic: I had the excellent experience with the International School oh languages. They came to my assistance when I needed them and were most prompt and expedient when I needed them. I am most happy with everything with them. I recommend them completely. The language teacher was most nice and helpful. I had the good experience with them. Thank you International School of Languages. I will use you again.
Response: Thank you Tatijana for sharing your experience. It has been a pleasure having you as a student. A presto!

Bill Geary: I started taking individual in-person French classes through ISL just before the pandemic shut everything down. Classes continued on Zoom which is a great format for one-on-one language training. Everything is captured on the whiteboard and emailed to me so I don't have to focus on taking lots of notes... instead I can focus on listening and learning. My teacher is a native French speaker and everyone involved with ISL has been friendly, flexible, and communicative. I also use Duolingo but it is not as good at teaching languages. I highly recommend language training at ISL.
Response: Hello Bill, Bill, thank you so much for taking the time to kindly share your experience with us! We are very happy that you are enjoying the French lessons at ISL. We look forward to continue helping you in your French journey :)

Bill Lustig: I have taken beginner Spanish lessons here since September 2012, and have been very pleased with my progress. My instructor was always prepared for class, and did a good job explaining confusing subjects (for me, it was grammar, while for another student in my class, it was pronunciation). The office staff was very helpful, and was great about setting up make-up classes for me whenever I had a scheduling conflict. If you're hoping to learn a new language, or brush up on one that's gotten rusty, I would definitely recommend Language Fundamentals. Also, it's nearby a pretty good burger place.

Johnnie Kenneybrew: I took both Portuguese and Hebrew at ISL for a few months and I was thrilled with the service I received. The school is very small which allows for you to get more individualized attention from the teacher and you get a chance to build good relationships with those around you as well. I really enjoyed the approaches that were used in classes. The Portuguese teacher, Rosangela, really went above and beyond and worked hard to ensure that we were really pushing ourselves in class and working outside of the classroom as well (she also brought in pão de queijo which was a delicious motivator). I had a blast refreshing my Hebrew skills with private lessons and group classes as well. The teacher, Miriam, was very supportive as we went over the alef-bet, basic vocabulary, and conversational Hebrew that I'd be able to use everyday during my trip to Israel. She was really creative and made class very interactive sometimes even with songs and coloring (2 activities that I feel are underrated when it comes to learning a new language!). The administrative team was extremely flexible with me and I could not be happier with the relationships I've made at ISL or with the language services I've received. I am taking a break for now just because I can't find the time these days but as soon as that changes I will be back in the classroom. I found their classes and lessons to be quite affordable and everyone you interact with there truly wants to help you on you goal of learning a new language. It's a really uplifting environment!

Ana Toribio: I had english conversational private lessons for 12 hours. The teacher was great, she had lots of patience, very good manners and a big constantly smile. I can say my english really improved. I would highly recommend International School of Languages to anyone who wants to improve in english speaking language.
Response: Ana, thank you so much for your kind review. We are happy that you had a good experience with us. It has been a pleasure meeting you. Hope to see you soon! Have a great trip back home!

Alpaca Paca: WORST management & irresponsible customer service! (I would rate a negative star if I could!) I've registered for the Japanese language spring classes like one month ago. ONE hour prior to the class started , I got a call from the center saying that the classes is CANCELLED due to I'm the only student where they need at least 2 pax to start the group class!! I was being recommended to wait a week or two perhaps there will be additional head count for the class, or I can switch it to private lesson ( 7 instead of 11 classes for what I've paid .) I will appreciate if they could carry on the class as I was given such a last minute notice. However, I was not being offered that . Instead , I requested for refund as I'm so disappointed with the management. Meanwhile , other language schools has started their spring classes too , means that I can't sign up at other centers too! Well, I wish you luck if you were to sign up for this school.
Response: Dear Lim, I am sorry that this has happened. We definitely did not reach our standards today when we missed the fact that there was only one student (you) enrolled in today's class and failed to call you earlier to let you know. Instead, we gave you a call an hour before the class was supposed to start so I understand your frustration. I would feel the same way. As a first time student with us, I am sorry that this is the impression we have left on you. Many of our students have been with us for several years largely because of their satisfaction with our services. We recognize our mistake and for that reason we were very prompt in refunding your entire investment. Please accept our apologies once again.

Matthew Wilson: THE place to sign up for intensive personalized training at the right level for you!
Response: Thank you Matthew for sharing! We are happy to hear that lessons are going well with Ana Maria. Very happy to have you as our student!

Nancy Shalett: Positive: Communication, Professionalism, Quality, ValueMy professor is fabulous - and the staff is attentive and pleasant I can highly recommend them!
Response: Nancy, thank you soo much for your kind words. Students like you is what makes us want to work harder every day!

4. Fluent City

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38 reviews
Fluent City
Location
5
Prices
5
Classes
5
Facilities
5
Teachers
5

Address: 1100 G St NW, Washington, DC 20005

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 6PM Thu

Telephone: (877) 284-5122

Guy: Language school


Review: "He really brought the class to life and had us practicing Spanish ..."

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Mark Johnston: I had an excellent first experience with Fluent City. My teacher was incredible! He really brought the class to life and had us practicing Spanish constantly throughout class. Our teacher used a number of engaging activities to make the class social. Besides feeling like I really made progress in learning Spanish, I felt like I got to know my classmates and my teacher. Highly recommend!
Response: Thank you so much for your review Mark! We are ecstatic to hear that you enjoyed your class! Keep up the amazing work in Spanish 3 :D - Jess, and the Student Success team

Lauren P: I loved taking classes through fluent city!! They are conveniently located near the metro in downtown DC. My teacher was great! (Thanks Ramiro!) Class size was small so it was a more personal feel. Would (and have) recommend this course to my friends!
Response: Lauren, we are thrilled to hear that you enjoyed your class with Ramiro! Gracias for joining us on your path toward Spanish fluency!

Chris Pabon: Fluent City is the way to go to learn a new language. Modern classrooms, small class size, located across from Metro Center. Very reasonable class times. I have taken classes at USDA and Goethe, and feel that Fluent City has provided me with the best overall learning experience.

Matt A.: This place is not "bad", however I wouldn't recommend choosing this venue if you are serious about learning and becoming fluent in any language offered here. I work as an interpreter, so I can strongly say the once per week approach is only practical for a refresher course if you want to polish your skills for a vacation or leisure but NOT for fluency. I'd only suggest this as a way to get your feet wet. Make sure you read the policy for this business as well as others. If you see a "no money back under any circumstances" I would encourage you to look else where because it shows the business priority is monetary and not to provide a service to the patrons of the business. I would recommend GW or hiring a private tutor if you're seriously intent to commit to what it takes to learning a language fluently. Hope this helps someone make a smart decision as far as investing their time and money. Good luck folks!

Robert Stanton: Half way through my level 2 course and things have been great. Usually the instructor speaks English for the first 10 mins or so just to go over what we'll be covering or to answer any questions from the previous week. They rest of the class is in Spanish. It's really helped me get over my hesitation to speak the language.

Amenaua Foy: Class was excellent. Instructor made the material relevant and fun while getting into the nuances of French. The location was not desirable as downtown D.C. at 1830 is a challenge to navigate/park.

Reed Muhra: This review is NOT for students... it is for teachers trying to find a job at this school. I applied for a PT teaching job at this school; I was asked to send a short video introducing myself then was transferred to a hiring manager in NYC, or I should say the only hiring manager. This person apparently has a hectic daily schedule, but insists to do all the interviews by himself- the interview was supposed to be via one of the social media platforms- first appointment he did not show up at all with no explanation whatsoever, he did not even send an email to apologize for mot showing up. I sent him an email, he apologized and gave another appointment; this time he showed up after about 45 minutes- I was already gone. Again, as if nothing happened- he did not even send an explanation, not even acknowledgement! I sent another detailed email... Simply and to sum up- if is the most unprofessional language school I have experienced!
Response: Reed, I am sorry to hear about your experience applying for a position as a teacher. We're growing quickly, but strive for a high level of communication. Our Hiring Manager will be contacting you today to address these concerns!

Vitória Lima de Moraes: Overall good. I would recommend, but would ask if the professor will be able to teach all ten classes. In my class, I had three different professors, and that turned out to be inefficient. No one to blame, these things happen, but I would just make sure of that.

LuAnne Patrick: A wonderful learning experience. I think the materials are the best of any program that I looked at. The teachers are wonderful and friendly do a great job of teaching adults.

San-Eou Lan: I'm not really good at learning new languages, but I definitely learned a lot better from Fluent City than from any language classes in undergrad or even grad school

5. Berlitz Washington DC Language Center

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5 reviews
Berlitz Washington DC Language Center
Location
4.8
Prices
4.6
Classes
4.6
Facilities
4
Teachers
4.3

Address: 1050 Connecticut Ave NW Suite 500, Washington, DC 20036

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 8AM Thu

Telephone: (202) 775-5863

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Lauren L: Taking Spanish lessons at Berlitz has been a wonderful experience. Everyone is very friendly and accommodating if there are any scheduling hiccups. My teachers go above and beyond by using different learning materials or thinking of creative ideas to keep pushing me to learn.
Response: Thank you, Lauren, for your feedback!

Leticia Vasquez: Attempted to enroll in Portuguese classes and contacted several people from the facility, but no one ever helped me sign up for classes. It's been 5 months in total since I showed my interest in taking the classes, but they never took that under consideration. It's just a lack of professionalism and customer service.
Response: Thank you for your review, Leticia. It is very important that we are meeting a high standard of customer service. We understand you inquiried at the Tysons Center location and interested in taking courses at the DC center, and did not receive a prompt response. We sincerely apologize for the delay in communication. We value your feedback and it will allow us to continue to improve our processes. Please do not hesitate to reach out to the DC center directly and hope to open the lines of communication once again.

6. Global Language Network

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52 reviews
Global Language Network
Location
4.5
Prices
4.2
Classes
4.5
Facilities
4.4
Teachers
4.3

Address: 1776 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington, DC 20036

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 9AM Thu

Telephone: (202) 684-6627

Guy: Non-profit organization


Review: "GLN is a truly incredible opportunity to learn so quickly in the target ..."

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Hubert Pierre: The affordable language lessons offered by the GLN uplift both students and teachers while making both learning and teaching fun. Moreover, the confidence that the used approach builds in students whether to improve at work, in their relationships, or to carry out missions overseas using learned foreign language is priceless. Such a wonderful network started within the classroom with observable major impact.

Anna W: After my Spanish skills got rusty with a few years of disuse, I enrolled in GLN's Spanish Tourist class and had a blast. The class was engaging and encouraging, and I spent almost all of every class period actively engaged in conversation. My speaking confidence increased dramatically, and I learned a lot of new vocabulary as well.

Michael Katz: I heard about this organization from a friend, saw the incredible reviews, and immediately fell in love with the mission and the work of GLN. Hats off to founder Andrew Brown and the team. I reached out and Andrew was very responsive and helpful. I love the diversity at GLN too!

Mark Maier: Great place for college students to gain work experience. Kind and professional staff, great location, many valuable skills to learn, and so much more. The bonds you build here will last a long time.

Modupe Adepoju: I took Yoruba for Foreigners this Summer with Busayomi. My family is Nigerian, but I could barely understand a word of it, let alone speak it. Signing up for the class was pretty easy. It was also pretty affordable and they even give you a stipend at the end if you have good attendance throughout the course. The entire course was 8 weeks and done through Zoom. The class was pretty small, about 5 of us. The teacher was amazing. Very patient and encouraging! We started with basics like greetings and made our way up to more complex vocabulary and sentence structure. Honestly I was shocked to see Yoruba being offered as a language because I've been looking for a class for years. It was definitely fun to impress my family with all the things I had learned. I would definitely recommend GLN to anyone interested in learning a language. They have dozens of languages available, the more popular languages and the less common.

Simone Junker: Good offering of affordable classes and a great community. My Spanish Frequent Flyer (intermediate) class with Mariela was amazing, with lots of interesting cultural content and plenty of speaking, listening and writing practice in a friendly, fun, relaxed learning environment. Most classes don't use a textbook, so they can have a less rigid structure, which was an advantage for me at intermediate level (more up-to-date topics and materials, often chosen based on students' interests). Online classes worked well and were very interactive thanks to Zoom and breakout rooms.

Katie May: Ironically, when I lived in DC I never had time to take a GLN class, but since they begun offering virtual classes due to the pandemic, I've taken two, and they've both been great! I loved getting the chance to keep up my language skills, and especially during the strange COVID year, it was great to get to connect with the teachers and other students!
Response: Thanks Katie. We are glad GLN finally worked for your schedule and we hope you and your friends will be able to join us for many more GLN classes!

Peter Beebe: I took a French class with GLN during the Spring of 2021. It was completely online and remote - which I had no issue with since I had spent all of Summer and Fall 2020 in a remote, intensive French course. I have been taking French for about 3 years and wanted to keep up on my language skills. I enrolled in my course and at first had an okay experience. My class was two hours long and met once a week. However, even with such a long class and only 6 students in the course, I often only spoke once or twice a class. The content was not very engaging and I was not getting my money's worth out of this course. After giving it a shot and staying in the course for about 6 or 7 weeks, I decided to leave the course and ask for a refund as it is not a small price to pay. At this point in time, I would probably give GLN a 3 star review. My reason for the 1 star review is the response I received from staff at GLN. After initially reaching out with my concerns and my request for even a partial refund (I had taken half the class, so I could understand that logic), I barely received a response. At first my complaints were passed onto a higher-up and then responded to by someone else. They denied my request and had said I spent too much time in the course to get a refund - even though they understood my frustrations. They continued to pass me on to different individuals who never gave a clear answer on why I couldn't receive a refund or any sort of compensation. The cherry on top was when the Founder - Andrew Brown - sent me an automated message to tell me I had not earned my stipend, but that they were offering my next level at GLN this summer. I responded to this email again with my complaints and asked for any explanation to which he continued to avoid and I have still heard nothing back. I am sure there are some great classes here, but there are definitely cheaper options that will actually do wonders to improve all aspects of your language acquisition and won't take your money without any consideration for low quality courses.

Fiona Caretto: I just finished my first semester of Mandarin with GLN and loved it! I can't recommend GLN enough. The teacher was great and highly qualified and the small class size made the language learning process fun and engaging. I will definitely continue on to take the other levels.

Emily Koenig: I really enjoyed my Arabic class at GLN. While the course was online because of COVID, I still managed to learn a lot and keep up my arabic skills! My teacher Sinan was great! and the whole class really came together to make the experience even more enjoyable. Looking forward to taking a class in person as soon as possible!

7. Language Trainers USA

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Language Trainers USA
Location
5
Prices
5
Classes
5
Facilities
5
Teachers
5

Address: 1300 I St NW Suite 400E, Washington, DC 20005

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 8:30AM Thu

Telephone: (202) 301-4610

Guy: Language school


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franco brachetta: I've been taking Italian classes, to re-connect with my relatives in Parma. I'm not only getting the results I was hoping to get, the customer service is excellent. They have always replied in an efficient and timely manner.
Response: This is lovely to know, Franco! We help learners from all over the world learn a language for any reason, but few are better than helping family to connect better.

SEAN KIM: Great student. I loved teaching my native language to the student. A great experience.
Response: We are thrilled to read this, Sean! We work hard to find the right student-teacher setup and are glad you had a great experience! Your student shared similar comments with us, highlighting how helpful you were with his Korean learning.

8. Inlingua Washington DC

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48 reviews
Inlingua Washington DC
Location
4.6
Prices
4.1
Classes
4.9
Facilities
4.2
Teachers
5

Address: 1911 Fort Myer Dr Suite 400, Arlington, VA 22209

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 8:30AM Thu

Telephone: (703) 527-7888

Guy: English language school


Review: "I recommend 100% Inlingua for study English or any language."

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Usman Khalid: This is the worst testing center for IELTS I have ever registered in my life. Please guys if you care about your money do not register for IELTS test in this center. You will definitely regret after paying your fee! These people only care about your money that's all. Even if this is the last option in the world I would say do not register for the test here. The staff is very rude and if you email them that you don’t want to take the test anymore because I don’t need it anymore, they will not refund you and only they care about money the fees 250$ fees you paid and they are the rudest staff I ever talk to, they just say to me that, whether I come to take the test or if I don’t take the IELTS test, they are not gonna refund me, worst and ridiculous customer service, Never Ever Book a test on this testing Center.
Response: Usman, As the Director of this Test Center, I take this sort of feedback very seriously, so thank you for taking time to write out your thoughts. IELTS is an international standardized test with a refund policy that is not set by the local center. Refunds are allowed for documented health conditions and other clearly-defined situations, as described during the registration process. I apologize if our commitment to upholding the standard IELTS policies to which we are accountable was perceived as rude, though we simply do not have the amount of flexibility that you were hoping for. Our commitment is to deliver the IELTS test according to the international standards in all areas of back office administration, test delivery, materials security, personal integrity, and customer service. I would be more than happy to discuss your personal experience further, to get a better understanding of anything you would like to highlight. Jared Holsing Director (703) 527-7888

Hanan KSA: I miss my school and my great teachers 👩🏻‍🏫 👨🏻‍🏫 so much. I had a spectacular experience with all the staff at inlingua school 💛 love you guys 💕 Hanan 🇸🇦April 2015
Response: Hi Hanan! Thank you for this great review for inlingua Washington DC. We pride ourselves for having the best instructors who care about the students' goals in life. Stop by anytime to say hello!

Daniela Melendez: Do not take your TOEFL exam here!!!! I wish I would have read the reviews for this location as a test center before my exam. It wasn't even that the place was not well equipped. I didn't even have the chance to experience that. Nobody showed up!!! We were 15 test-takers waiting, and they never opened the building nor answered our calls. We couldn't take the test, and now I have been on the phone trying to reschedule it for over 2 hours. This is a nightmare; please try to take it at home or find a better location.

Ali Almdaoi: I am so happy I made the decision to go to school lnlingua where I did. I really love Inlingua these are just a few reasons why. The incredible staff i've met The staff I have met at inlingua have made such a huge impact on me. they are so nice with the people. the Inlingua try to help the students also people as they can they will do anything to help students succeed. finally, I recommend you guys to choose inlingua because they try to develop every one to be much better. Also for IELTS exam they are Providing a good environment for test performance, and excellent management handling for cooperation with all people . thank you
Response: Dear Ali, We are VERY happy we made a big impact in your life. We are here to help everyone reach their educational goals and we are glad you are happy with our service!

S Libby: The first time I went to the school, I really enjoyed it. First of all, the front desk service is very professional . They let me clear and quick understanding of the school curriculum, and then they help me for my personal situation made several plans, So I have a lot of choices, and give me plenty time full to consideration. The second, after joining the school, I feel like a family in here, Every teacher who whether you know or don't know . They will be warm to say hello and regard to you. I remembered my first class, I was shy to speak but the teacher was very patiently guide me and help me. Even teacher was effective help for my question of study and make me improve a lot. So I made great progress. And the school every day it will have extra-curricular activities to enrich everyone's spare time. Finally I want to talk about that the geographical environment of the school. The school is located near by the beautiful Potomac River, and a bridge between the famous Georgetown and school. From our school to metro station only 5 minutes by walk. There are many supermarket, restaurants surrounding the school. No matter where you want to go.life in here is very convenient. Therefore, Inlingua , we have no reason to don't love it.I hope there will have more and more friends to join our family in the future! Happy learning together! : )
Response: We are so grateful for your kind words. Thanks for sharing your review with us and the community. Our school's pride is our wonderful staff members, teachers and the perks of having a great location!

Amara Ganjuur: It's so unforgettable memories that related with Inlingua Washington. Just after i landed in Dulles airport, it was my first spot to visit and the front-desk stuff welcomed me so nicely and friendly. And i also never ever forget the wonderful feeling when i was trying to find a school and walking along the road when i first got off the Metro in Rosslyn Station. President of School, McKay welcomed me so nicely and Patricia helped me a lot to join right English level when i was there. International Student advisor Natalie helped to invite my family under F-2 dependent visa come here. I really miss the school staff and my classmates there. If its possible, i wanna study here as much as i can. I highly recommend you guys this English school, If you really want to improve your English language Academically and Practically. English language materials and methodology is so practical and very useful.

Mohamed Khadir: This review is about TOEFL test test center in this horrible place . Don't ever take your test here , very bad staff , the hall has the check in desk and you will take the test in the same place , so noisy and distracted , plus the computers separated by cartoon sheets like you literally will hear the person next to you, plus the computers most of it hanging , old , not good .person who check in people lack of experience , she is very slow , doesn't know how to move me and put me in another computer when i asked to , because apparently she doesn't know how to do it . this center waste my time my money because of the bad standards they follow, I hope other people see my comment and please for god sake don't ever take your test here if you wanna get a good score in TOEFL. you all know Toefl need concentration all depend on time each second will change your score , Definitely this is not a good place to achieve your goal .
Response: Hi Mohamed. We would like to extend our apologies regarding your experience in this test. We always make sure our applicants are satisfied with the service. We follow the ETS requirements for testing, and we are very interested in your comments. If you have any suggestions, it would be great if you could email the team with some ideas at toefl@ets.org

Luis Roberto Escoto: The course really helped me improve in my listening, reading, writing and speaking skills in English. This class helped me become more aware of my weaknesses and also gave me tools to strengthen them. Different activities such as question and answer activities, pair work, educational games group, discussions and group projects, dialogues, role playing, oral presentations, multimedia activities and books helped me understand how I could become a more effective communications in English. The class is a lot of work, but it's totally worth it. I learned a variety of elements and principles to continue studying English by myself. The private classes were useful and helped highlight key to review basic concepts and structures to speaking and reading and hold and take part in meetings in English. I particularly enjoyed the private classes. I am already recommending the course to some of my friends who are interested in improving their skills in English. The course requires a lot of work that some people may not be willing to put into it.

Komal Ganjoo: I had an awesome experience studying at Inlingua DC. I took an IELTS test prep, where I enhanced my all four areas- Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking. My special thanks to Patricia Layden, who responded to all my concerns and guided me accordingly; I am also thankful to Katja Edwards, who helped in all smooth transactions and big thanks to my instructor, Jessica Fast Michel, who patiently worked hard on my weak areas. Sincerely, to learn English, Inlingua is the best.

Mehmet Osman Coskun: I studied at Inlingua prior to going to law school. Learned so much and had so much fun. Teachers were great and very friendly. After studying there i got a 7.5 on the ielts exam.

9. Arlington Community Learning (Adult Education)

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8 reviews
Arlington Community Learning (Adult Education)
Location
4.7
Prices
4.2
Classes
4
Facilities
4.3
Teachers
5

Address: 2110 Washington Blvd, Arlington, VA 22204

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 9AM Thu

Telephone: (703) 228-7200

Guy: Adult education school


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Simply Marissa: Great program!Jeaneth has wonderful customer service!
Response: Thanks Simply Marissa, for the 5 stars. Yes, Jeaneth is great! We try our best to serve our community in a friendly, efficient manner.

10. Communikids

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12 reviews
Communikids
Location
4.4
Prices
4.6
Classes
4
Facilities
4.5
Teachers
4

Address: 4719 Wisconsin Ave, Washington, DC 20016

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 8AM Thu

Telephone: (202) 363-0133

Guy: Language school


Review: "We enrolled our son Gabriel in the preK 4 program in the fall of 2020."

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Katrina Castillo: We enrolled our son Gabriel in the preK 4 program in the fall of 2020. We were nervous but excited to be back in school in person. Our son's experience has been wonderful, from the communication of the teachers and staff, to the fun, nurturing environment Communikids provided. In our parent teacher conferences it was clear that his teachers cared about Gabriel as well as his success as a student. In the midst of such a challenging year, Communikids was such a wonderful gem.
Response: Thanks!!!

Katrina Kosec: My older child attended summer camp at communikids and this motivated me to enroll my younger child. They have their fingers on the pulse of the latest in early child pedagogy (appropriate, challenging, varied activities/ games/ toys) on top of being incredibly kind/ affectionate/ caring. My children have always wanted to come to communikids in the morning. Communication is also fabulous; weekly videos and newsletters, teachers willing to chat with little notice, etc. I have seen my children thrive in this caring but challenging environment. They also don't have the turnover of staff I've seen and heard about from other schools, or the issue that if you don't get teacher X, you're not in a good situation. Instead, they have consistently good teachers always, who stick around (kids needs dependable care givers)! I give them my highest recommendation.
Response: Thanks For the kind words

Reem T: We have had our child enrolled Communikids since the day he turned 2.5 (as per the enrollment requirements) otherwise he would have been there sooner! We were so thrilled of how his transition from an at home caregiver to a school environment was so easy and smooth due to the amazing staff and environment at Communikids DC! The teachers are kind, patient and very skilled at how to teach young children. They communicate with parents on a regular basis and are always available by email or in person. We receive weekly schedules for what students will be learning about which allows us to ask questions at home based on the theme, or book or activity. We also get daily reports which gives a window into the day (meals, sleep, toilet, play etc.) The staff is also responsive and very accommodating and accessible to parents. At any time I can email or call the school and will get a quick response. I am a longtime educator and know what quality looks like. In addition to the amazing Spanish immersion program, the play based focus was very appealing and aligned to my beliefs about teaching and learning. I have only positive things to say about the program and my only stress is where to enroll my child for Kindergarten when this program ends!

Skyelar Riseling Haith: Our son attended Communikids Wash, DC location last year for PK3. We were thrilled with the administration, staff and teachers. This was our son's first school experience and we could not have asked for a better experience for him! His teachers were welcoming, understanding, patient and caring. He LOVED going to school and especially his teachers!! We were in awe with how quickly he picked up comprehending and speaking Spanish (he had never been exposed to the language prior). In addition to learning a second language, he left PK3 with the necessary academic and social skills he will need for PK4. Our son will continue to attend Communikids next year for PK4 and we tell everyone we can about it for their children as well!
Response: We ADORE HIM ALSO!

Katie Benton-Cohen: We had a wonderful experience at Communikids and were incredibly lucky to get a public PK3 spot. Our son learned a LOT of Spanish, had warm and caring teachers, and enjoyed school. Both he and we wished there was a better facility with windows and more play space. I hope those things can be improved in the future, but the curriculum and teachers and admin were first-rate.

Matthew Krauss: My wife and I couldn't be happier with the teachers, administrators, and program at CommuniKids, and our son has been having a wonderful experience there. He's really taken to the language immersion program, and the teachers have been wonderful partners throughout the year on language skills, toilet training, social development, and pre-reading skills. I've been especially impressed with how well CommuniKids blends the play-based curriculum with results-oriented learning and developmental progress. I've also appreciated the program's NAEYC accreditation and the staff's focus on current scholarship about early childhood education. If the quality of the program and our great relationships with the teachers and staff weren't enough, CommuniKids is the only school in Ward 3 (public or private) that offers DC-funded preschool for three year olds through OSSE's Pre-K Enhancement and Expansion Funding Program.
Response: Thanks for seeing our passion in what we do.

Adrianna Rodriguez: We absolutely LOVED having our daughter at CommuniKids. The teachers are amazing. They are dedicated and smart. Our daughter loved going to class everyday and she learned great Spanish. The teachers and administration work hard to make sure parents are informed and involved. I can't recommend CommuniKids highly enough.
Response: Thanks you so much for your kind words!!

Sarah Brooke: The love, support, and education our daughter received was beyond our expectations. She loved going to school and is taking her love of language, culture, and learning to kindergarten.
Response: We miss her and hope she is doing well in Kindergarten.

Jeff Zelaya: My son is learning Spanish and loves coming to classes. Highly recommended. Great teachers and program.

11. Berlitz Tysons Corner Language Center at Regus

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5 reviews
Berlitz Tysons Corner Language Center at Regus
Location
4.1
Prices
4
Classes
4
Facilities
4.2
Teachers
4.3

Address: 8000 Towers Crescent Dr 13th floor Suite 1350, Vienna, VA 22182

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 8AM Thu

Telephone: (703) 883-0626

Guy: Language school


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Julie Harvey: I took private Spanish lessons to help with professional development. With my ever-changing work schedule, they were very accommodating in adjusting my schedule and even offered lessons online when I was not able to make it to the learning center. The instructors adapted the lessons to my language needs and I am now more confident in using Spanish to improve working relationships. Thank you Berlitz!

Julia Bergan: I came with zero experience and had a wonderful teacher who encouraged me and was patient and fun.The admin staff was always friendly and helpful. The center was clean and I liked the overall atmosphere. Can definitely recommend this language center!

Ridma Kamal: Awesome Work Environment, Great teachers from different parts of the world, very rich culturally enticing atmosphere. Students who study here always want to come back just to be part of this family.

mamdouh abu ghanam: The worst center ever, bad sales, no one answers, even if you go there they don’t have any information

FAHAD ALDUBAYAN: I took a course back in 2000It was a nice experience, lots of memories