Maybe you watch too much K-drama or Dolce Amore. Or maybe, your bestfriend went to another country to continue his studies there. Or maybe, you simply have spare time and has been longing to equip yourself with a new skill.
So a new venture: Study a foreign language! Sure, being fluent in English is enough to survive in this world for the most part, but gaining mastery of another country's mother tongue (especially if you love to travel or plan to work overseas!) saves you big time when you step into a foreign land. Not everyone can speak English, so the best way to keep your sanity in times when you need a translator is to become the translator to yourself.
Whether you're strapped for cash or willing to spend, we've got you covered—check out these places where you can get your foreign language education around the city:
1. TESDA. You've probably heard this before—and yes, they're offering the courses for free! They have basic Japanese, English, Korean, Arabic, Mandarin, and Spanish language classes, but of course, you have to qualify to enroll. The courses will only last at least 100 hours—roughly a month with a 4-hour session weekdays. You no longer have an excuse not to push through learning how to properly pronounce those Mandarin words you've been practicing in front of your laptop! Check out TESDA's website for details.
2. Unmei Nihongo Center. Japanese are known perfectionists, so better polish your Nihongo if you fancy the Land of the Rising Sun! Courses range from basic to intermediate, pre-advanced to advanced, so you won't have a hard time adjusting. You know you're in good hands as well—they are partners with schools in Japan to ensure total quality education. Learn more details in their website.
3. Korean Cultral Center. For hardcore Korean fans, singing the songs is just one thing; learning the language is another! Imagine the pride of no-subtitles-needed... appealing to you? Well, KCC has basic, elementary, and intermediate Korean language classes, starting at P2,000 for at least 36 hours of completion. They accept per batch application, so better check out their enrollment schedules asap! Visit the KCC website for more information.
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4. Languages Internationale. Fancy a Russian accent? How about Italian? Those and more at Languages Internationale. Their class schedules vary, so you may pick a time most convenient for you. It's a 3-hour class per day after all, so you can squeeze this to your daily timetable! Plus, they have in-house cats (if that's another reason for you to be convinced). Go to their Facebook page to find out more.
5. Alliance Française de Manille. Good news to everyone: On August 6, you can learn the French language and all other French-related things for free! Just head to their building and enjoy the whole day learning French. If chances are you're not able to make it, they hold year-round classes, whether group or one-on-one. More details on their website.
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6. Instituto Cervantes of Manila. Missed Spanish classes in college? Know other words besides Como estas when you enrol—start with beginner classes then advance to higher levels and special classes when you've mastered the basics. View details on their website.
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