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1. Chinese Language Academy of Washington DC

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Chinese Language Academy of Washington DC
Location
5
Prices
5
Classes
5
Facilities
5
Teachers
5

Address: 1629 K St NW #300, Washington, DC 20006

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 9AM Thu

Telephone: (202) 810-3299

Guy: Language school


Review: "Taught us about beautiful traditions or quick facts about China."

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Andrew Siguler: Since 2011, I have had many different Chinese teachers both in high school and undergrad, but I have been really impressed with the depth and flexibility of CLA. If you have a solid background in Mandarin but want to improve or learn material not necessarily covered in traditional textbooks, I would highly recommend using them. I have been one-on-one with Barbara Wen twice a week over Zoom for the last month and plan to continue using CLA into the spring.

Kirsten An: I took the first section of the beginning/elementary course with Ysabella, and it was an amazing learning experience! The teachers at CLA are wonderful and are incredibly patient and kind during the learning process, while incorporating fun knowledge throughout the course. The beginning course is a great way to build a strong foundation in the Chinese language, and I am looking forward to continuing the learning journey with future classes!

Diana E.: I started with CLA in March of 2021 through September 2021 and the experience in learning Chinese Mandarin was wonderful. My class was via Zoom. Barbara Wen was my teacher and she was able to hear each student’s tone and correct us. Taught us about beautiful traditions or quick facts about China. This makes a difference in learning, it allows you to get immersed in the language. We had homework which would consist of written or speaking. CLA also created a club via Zoom to get all students and teachers to meet each other and practice speaking. I definitely feel more comfortable to speak with native person.

Marcela Jiménez Ureña: I can't recommend their services enough! The one-on-one teaching is in-depth and professional and the teachers are able to service you at any level. I particularly recommend Ysabella-- she will go the extra mile to ensure you're getting where you need to go.

Debra McGhee: I have been studying Chinese at the Chinese Language Academy for about 8 months now and I plan to continue. The program is well thought out so that you build vocabulary and an understanding of Chinese grammar steadily. I am very happy with how much material we have covered in 8 months! The teachers are extremely professional and knowledgeable but also approachable and friendly. We spend time reading aloud and talking so that we get to practice pronunciation a lot-- which is very key. The setting is intimate so I have gotten to know my classmates and to laugh with them about the inevitable mistakes. The textbook CLA works from is excellent, I think. I really can't recommend this place highly enough.

Fabio Niyonkuru: I attended the CLA16 crash course over the summer and the teacher and school exceeded my expectations! They were very professional but also focused on each student to make sure everyone was learning around the same rate. CLA also offers a lot of extra practice outside of class to improve your reading and writing which helps a lot for new people. Highly recommend!

Brian Kelley: Excellent! Highly Recommend! I took the CLA Crash Course - 16 hours of in-person instruction over the course of eight classes (two per week). The class size was small - just five students, and very enjoyable. Our instructor, Jas, was excellent and I enjoyed coming to each class. I felt I learned a great deal over a short time period; having taken three other languages in classroom settings, I'd say this is the most effective start to a new language I've ever had. I also enjoyed the textbook we used, and found it very well organized and perfect for beginners like me. I plan on taking the next class CLA offers, and potentially class(es) after that one, as well, schedule permitting! If you're even considering taking this class, definitely do it! It's well worth it.

Sai Dharmarajan: I've been taking the CLA classes for the last few months, right up through their elementary B level. I've learnt a lot in this time. The teachers are amazing, the pace of the class is perfect. The content covered in class and the homework exercises (mandatory and optional!) make you learn but never overwhelm you. The small class size makes it feel like you're taking one on one lessons; so, you learn a lot.

Christine Hackman: I enjoyed the "Tourist" four-week four-hours-per-week crash course very much: the class was very challenging (plus only three students, so no hiding!) but was conducted in clear, organized manner (e.g., starting/ending promptly). Our instructor, Shelly Li, explained the material in a clear, logical manner with lots of in-class practice and drilling for maximum assimilation. She also emailed homework promptly. I highly recommend Ms. Li as an instructor and the class as a way to jump-start yourself in this challenging language.

Carol Giffen: I took the April 2015 Mandarin introductory crash course. I highly recommend this to anyone with an interest in learning Chinese oral and written language, with a dash of Chinese culture and practical insight into interacting with people in China. Our main instructor was completely fluent in English as well as Chinese, and was remarkably capable of listening to her beginning students' attempts to communicate in Chinese, understanding (what on Earth!) they were trying to say and effectively offer corrections and suggestions. I can say the same about an instructor-in-training who took on one of the sessions. Although very enjoyable, the class was rigorous and did not waste a moment, either in class or in the assignments. Although I have taken Mandarin before and have traveled to China often on business over the years, just the 4-week crash course by itself had a huge impact on my comfort level with the language, the written characters and my ability to speak the tones. I'm looking forward to taking the higher level programs with CLA in the future. Note for DC residents: the CLA location is less than a block from the Farragut North Metro station on the Red Line, so it's a snap to get to!

2. International Center For Language Studies

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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 united-states

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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.

3. International Language Institute

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57 reviews
International Language Institute
Location
4.9
Prices
4.8
Classes
4.8
Facilities
4.8
Teachers
4.8

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

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 8:30AM Thu

Telephone: (202) 362-2505

Guy: Language school


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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.

4. Language Trainers USA

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2 reviews
Language Trainers USA
Location
4.8
Prices
4.9
Classes
4.8
Facilities
4.8
Teachers
4.8

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

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 8:30AM Thu

Telephone: (202) 301-4610

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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.

5. Washington Yu Ying Public Charter School

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11 reviews
Washington Yu Ying Public Charter School
Location
5
Prices
5
Classes
5
Facilities
5
Teachers
5

Address: 220 Taylor St NE, Washington, DC 20017

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 8AM Thu

Telephone: (202) 635-1950

Guy: Charter school


Review: Their website mentions united states

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d B: My child attended K-5 (they start even younger now) and speaks tourist-passable Mandarin Chinese. i don't, so that's something. An administratively functional school in DC is rare, much less one that trains in 2 languages, much less an under-represented language. A good bet for a family willing to commit to supporting their kid on an unusual journey. Not a good bet for lazy or selfish parenting--it's hard work. Also not a good bet if you plan on leaving before fruition.

Kayla Jackson- Class of 2024: I am proud to have gone to this school, because it is a really wonderful place. I would never choose to go anywhere else.

Egypt Lyons: Here at Washington YuYing they treat you like family and even if you don't know any, you'll soon be picking up some Mandarin.

Ehrin Crawford- Class of 2024: THIS WAS THE BEST SCHOOL EVER I WISH I NEVER HAD TO LEAVE DX

Lucas Parham- Class of 2023: God, this school was the most amazing experience of my life

Chris Chambers: Very blessed to be a part of this community!

Mirefer: Good

6. Confucius Institute U.S. Center

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1 reviews
Confucius Institute U.S. Center
Location
1
Prices
0.9
Classes
0.9
Facilities
0.9
Teachers
0.9

Address: 1776 Massachusetts Ave NW #410, Washington, DC 20036

Telephone: (202) 864-6485

Guy: Educational institution


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