Gone are the days where we would whine about having to go for our Mother Tongue classes; learning a new language is now pretty appealing to plenty of people as it can help us to open new doors and explore different cultures. It is amazing how languages help different groups of people to connect and have that special identity that gives them a sense of belonging and picking up an extra language or two will definitely have its benefits.
The idea of learning a new language seems very tempting, but where do you begin? If you’re keen on doing so, we have a list of different language classes which you can consider having a go at during your free time.
1) Chinese (Mandarin) — Linda Mandarin
Everybody wants to learn Chinese these days and it’s not hard to see why. China’s strong economy and its growing influence pretty much forces everyone to learn it if they want to stay on top of economic trends. Even if that isn’t the case as to why you’d like to learn it, you’d do well to drop by Linda Mandarin. Here, they have courses for both kids and adults with different classes catered towards different groups.
2) French — Alliance Francaise de Singapour
Most of the time, the reason why people learn languages is the way it sounds. French is a testament to that! It is widely regarded as the most romantic language in the world and Alliance Francaise de Singapour recognises this by hosting French film screenings to aid your language learning. With the usual books, of course.
3) German — Goethe-Institut Singapore
German, in contrast to French, can sound quite aggressive to non-speakers. However, that does not belittle its importance, it’s quite the contrary in fact! German is the most important non-English language of the European Union (EU), where it is spoken by 90-95 million people in the EU. This is in contrast to 65 million French speakers. Germany is also the economic powerhouse of the EU, and most scientific journals of the past are written in German as well.
4) Japanese — Bunka Language School
Otakus and people who love Japan in general will definitely want to be able to pick up some Japanese so that they will be able to connect better with the Japanese and their beautiful culture. Bunka offers various classes which include regular courses, private lessons and even company in-house training. They also occasionally hold workshops where you can learn how to do up beautiful Japanese crafts while learning the language at the same time!
5) Korean — Sejong Korean Language School
Are you a K-pop fan but you have no idea what your bias is rapping about? Skip google translate and decipher it all by yourself by picking up the language at Sejong Korean Language School. The school is registered by MOE so you know that it is a pretty legitimate place to head to for some lessons. The teachers here are all also native Koreans with plenty of years of experience so rest assured that you will be in good hands!
6) Spanish — Spanish World (formerly Las Lilas)
After English and Chinese, Spanish is the world’s third most spoken language so if you can’t decide on a language to pick up, this would be a great option! Spanish is also easy to learn if you are already a native English speaker so if you’re fluent in English, it’ll help a lot. They provide customised, mainstream and corporate lessons and workshops for people with varying learning curves so fret not if you’re worried that you can’t find a class that will suit your learning level and pace.
6) Thai — Lingo Language School
Haggle like a boss the next time you pay a visit to Bangkok by picking up some Thai. Here, they provide private one-to-one classes to big classes; it is all up to your own personal preference. The teachers here are all native speakers of the Thai language so you can trust that you will be in good hands. Time to book the next flight to Bangkok!