Who needs a language translator with these weekly lessons and short crash courses? Here are several schools in Singapore to pick up a new language, or two!
While most of us know at least one language – written or spoken – studies have shown that there are plenty of benefits to learning more than one! For instance, do you know that learning a foreign language increases brainpower, improves multi-tasking skill and slows down the onset of dementia? But putting aside its scientific perks, being multilingual also helps to widen your social circle and expands career potentials – very vital for today’s uber-connected world! With all these advantages, it’s time to sign up for fun and enriching language courses in Singapore at these spots!
For Chinese – Yi Mandarin
As China gradually takes over the world, it’s probably a wise move to pick up Mandarin now. So sign up for the Conversational Mandarin course, Business Mandarin course, Business Email Writing course or Professional Mandarin course at Yi Mandarin. Nestled in Chinatown, what better environment to learn Mandarin than at the epicentre of Chinese culture and heritage in Singapore!
For Japanese – PYAESS Japanese Language School
Time to round up your obsession with Japanese izakayas, kimonos and anime by learning the language itself at PYAESS Japanese Language School. On top of having one of the cheapest fees amongst many Japanese Language learning centres in Singapore, PYAESS’s unique Two-Teachers system will also help you to learn the language better and faster! Two is better than one after all.
For Korean – Sejong Korean Language School
As a Ministry of Education (MOE) Singapore registered Korean Language Centre, Sejong Korean Language School is definitely a legit spot for non-native Korean speakers to discover Hangul. With native Korean teachers (with years of experience, no less) and a custom-made specialist syllabus, you will be in good hands on your journey of unravelling Korean language and culture! Besides, there’s only so much you can learn from sappy Korean dramas.
For Thai – Lingo Language School
Want to discover Bangkok on your own but the language barrier is stopping you? Well, say “Sa wa dee krap” to Lingo Language School! Located minutes away from Bugis MRT, you can either attend one-to-one private lessons or a small semi-private session of two to six persons, or even a big class of 20 students – whichever floats your boat. You can wish “Kob khun krap/ka” to us once you’re a Thai ace!
For Hindi – The Hindi Society Singapore
Thinking of watching Hindi Bollywood movies at the iconic Rex Cinemas? Hold your horses; why don’t you familiarise yourself with a word, a phrase or bunch of Hindi sentences first from The Hindi Society Singapore? You can start with its Basic Adult Hindi Programme, and eventually climb your way up to the Advance level so you can start sparring (albeit, linguistically) with your fave Bollywood heroes.
For Arabic – Al-Markaz, The Arabic Language Centre
If Aladdin is your favourite Disney movie of all time, perhaps you’ll find joy in learning one of the world’s beautiful languages at Al-Markaz. Having worked with big name clients such as United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), The Discovery Channel and Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA), Al-Markaz is reputable for delivering excellent Arabic Language classes. They also offer cultural courses where you’ll learn the do’s and dont’s of the Middle Eastern culture – pretty useful if you’ve business meetings in the Middle East or simply for vacay!
For French – Alliance Française de Singapour
Alliance Francaise is where budding Francophiles can master the lovely French language. Not in a rush? Then take time to discover French through the ‘once a week’ or ‘twice a week’ programme that spans eight weeks. No time to waste? There’s also a crash course, five times per week, for the duration of a month. It even hosts a plethora of screenings of French films for you to catch and learn from!
For German – Goethe-Institut Singapore
Expand your German vocabulary from just Guten Morgen, Bratwurst and Erdinger by attending German language courses at Goethe-Institut Singapore in Neil Road. Forget about plain ol’ boring textbooks; you’ll learn from music videos by top German musicians. There’s also a chance for you to meet the stars of Germany’s top soccer league, the Bundesliga, whenever they pay surprise visits to the institution. Talk about a holistic learning method!
For Spanish – Las Lilas Spanish Language Services
Thinking of investing money on learning a foreign language? Pick up Spanish at Las Lilas, ’cos after English and Chinese, Spanish is the world’s third most used language! At Las Lilas, it’s all about having an active learning approach; expect lots of conversation training and listening practices to help you chat with senors and senoritas. Customised or mainstream, corporate services or workshops for individuals; there’s something for everyone.
For Dutch – AllWrite Language School
The English language has borrowed many words from the Dutch, so picking it up would be no biggie for English speakers, right? Well, learning Dutch is challenging all the same, what more with the tricky accent and delivery. AllWrite Language School will take you through all the challenges. The centre offers many different options, and classes are also held in the evenings so it’s perfect for busy individuals.
AllWrite Language School, Kingsfield Education Centre, 150 Orchard Road, #08-07, Singapore 238841
For Russian – Russian Language Centre in Singapore
It sounds mysterious; 300 million people in the world speak it; it’ll be useful if you actually visit Russia because foreign languages aren’t common in the country; and if you’re thinking of being an astronaut, you definitely have to learn Russian (go Google it). Plus, wouldn’t it be nice to read the Russian classics in their original language? The Russian Language Centre in Singapore offers basic and intermediate classes, as well as links you up to schools in Russia where you can learn the language in Mother Russia itself.
Russian Language Centre in Singapore, 46 South Bridge Road #04-01, Kingly Building, Singapore 058679
For Italian – Italian Cultural Institute Singapore
Part of the official organisation of the Italian government dedicated to the promotion of Italian language and culture. Since 1989, the IIC offers Italian classes and courses all year-round at all levels from beginner to proficient levels. This language centre is also a reference point for studying the Italian language, and for obtaining scholarships to study in Italy as well. Study Italian – it might a handy party trick to one day order a bowl of pasta in perfect Italian.
Italian Cultural Institute Singapore, 43A Beach Road, Level 2, Evershine & Century Complex, Singapore 189682
For Burmese – Learn Burmese
You can pick up many new languages in the numerous private language schools available here, but only a few offer the Burmese language as an option. Learn Burmese offers effective learning classes for this unique and beautiful language, from a country that has only recently begun to open up to the world.
Learn Burmese, contact [email protected]
For Bahasa Indonesia – Bahasa Indonesia School of Language (Indo Slang)
Bahasa Indonesian is a fairly easy language to learn, with Indonesian words sounding exactly like how they are written. The language has Malaysian, Arabic, and Dutch influences, and it is also a language that keeps on evolving with new street words and jargon. At Indo Slang, you can find high-quality conversational Indonesian language courses that will help you get better in the language and also improve your confidence speaking it.
Indo Slang, 20 Kramat Lane, #05-05, United House Singapore 228773