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Spanish 101 and 102 

Our introductory courses will teach you the basics of communicating and expressing your ideas in Spanish. Knowing how to speak Spanish is more than just a professional asset. It can also be a gateway to connecting with many exciting cultures both in the United States and abroad.

There are nearly 150,000 Spanish speakers in Philadelphia, and around 520 million Spanish speakers worldwide. Spanish can give you a significant advantage in the field of business, as Latin America is one of the Unites State’s most valuable trading partners. However, in any career field, having Spanish as a skill can put you ahead of the competition, as it enables you to communicate and impact Spanish speaking people in a way that monolinguals cannot.

French 101

French is more than just pleasing to listen to. French is the international language of diplomacy, cooking, fashion, theatre, the visual arts, dance and architecture. A knowledge of French offers access to great works of literature and film in its original language. French is the language of Victor Hugo, Molière, Léopold Sendar Senghor, Edith Piaf, Jean-Paul Sartre, Alain Delon and Zinedine Zidane. French also provides a great foundation for learning other languages, especially Romance languages (Spanish, Italian, Portuguese and Romanian) as well as English, since a significant percentage of English and other vocabularies have words derived from French.

Italian 101

The most recent data available (from 2013) found that Italian was the fifth most-studied foreign language in the United States. 64 million speakers of Italian worldwide.

Today, Italy is one of the top economies in the world, meaning that many employers see workers who speak Italian. Over 7,000 American firms do business with Italy and over a thousand US companies have offices in Italy, including Chrysler, General Electric, ExxonMobil, IBM, and Citibank. Likewise, many Italian companies have offices in the US.

Italian is the romance language that is closest to Latin. Learning Italian will make any other romance language, including Spanish, French, Portuguese and Romanian, much easier to learn.

Chinese 101

Chinese is the third most frequently spoken language in the United States next After English and Spanish. Nearly 3 Million U.S. Residents Speak Chinese at home and there are 1.3 billion speakers of Chinese worldwide. Although Chinese is thought to be a very challenging language to pick up, it is easier to get started than you might think. Students of the language are often able to start speaking basic Chinese in as little as a few weeks of beginning their studies.

With China being one of the World’s foremost economies, employing people with ability to speak both Mandarin and English is essential for many international businesses. What's more, with china being regarded as one of the cradles of civilization, speaking Chinese is the only way to really experience everything that China and its millennia-old civilization has to offer.

Japanese 101

From technology to art, food and entertainment, Japan has an extremely unique and robust culture with much to offer. Although Japan has only the 11th largest population in the world, it has the third largest economy by GDP. There are 477,997 Japanese speakers in the United States and 130 million speakers worldwide Japan has the third. Anyone with an interest in topics such as robotics and animation and business will find a great number of benefits in becoming acquainted with the language.

The fact that Japanese is less commonly learned by English speakers provides a large asset for those who choose to study the language; you may be able to benefit from unique opportunities unavailable to most people. What’s more, with Japanese writing system being derived from the Chinese writing system, learning Japanese can be seen as a gateway to learning other east Asian languages as well.

Arabic 101

Arabic is the 6th most commonly spoken language in the world and the seventh most commonly spoken non-English language in US households. An estimated 1.1 million people ages 5 and older speak Arabic at home, an increase of 29 percent between 2010 and 2014. The number who speak Spanish at home has grown only 6 percent during the same period.

The economy in the Middle East is growing. There are also many job opportunities. Knowing Arabic will help you learn the Middle Eastern business culture and equip you to make strong, key personal business relationships. Learning Arabic won’t only get you ahead in a government career, but it will also give you a leg up in any industry in business, engineering, medical, nonprofit and international relations. Knowing Arabic can help you build valuable business relationships with business people in many Middle Eastern countries like Qatar and United Arab Emirates. Currently, the demand in the U.S. for Arab speakers far exceeds supply. As a college student, learning Arabic will easily let you stand out from other job applicants. In fact, less than 1 percent of college students study Arabic.