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If you’ve always wanted to learn a language, or need to brush up on your existing linguistic skills, then this is the list for you. Pittsburgh is home to world renown universities and libraries, so you know you’re in duly capable hands when you sign up for one (or all) of these language courses, led by highly trained language leaders.
Carnegie Library Of Pittsburgh French Conversation Club
4400 Forbes Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
412-622-3114
www.carnegielibrary.org

Held on the first and third Thursdays of each month, this relaxed, casual group is free to participate in, with no pre-registration required. Simply show up to the Directors Conference Room from 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. to hone your prior knowledge of the French language. Converse with like minded folk, and bandy French terms and phrases around to glean a better knowledge of tone, accent and enunciation – not to mention those pesky feminine pronouns. Oui, oui! Not conversant in French, but have prior background from high school or online? Why not check this club out for an immersive learning experience? Learning languages by immersion is one of the best and most intuitive ways to learn to speak a language casually and conversationally. With the heavy emphasis on the spoken French word in this club, you’ll be ordering your croissants in no time at all!

The Islamic Center Of Pittsburgh
Arabic class
4100 Bigelow Blvd.
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
(412) 682-5555
www.icp-pgh.org

Whether you’re a fluent Arabic speaker, or just want to learn the basics for rudimentary communication, the Islamic Center offers a host of classes to cover every skill level. Each course will meet 3 hours every week for 10 weeks, for a total of 30 hours of class time. Adult tuition (for beginner, intermediate, and expert) is $200, and youth is $175.00 (up to age 14). Currently, beginners meet Tuesdays 5:30 PM – 8:30 PM; intermediate students meet Thursdays 5:30 PM – 8:30 PM, and the advanced class is yet to be determined.

Center For Hearing And Deaf Services
Deaf Youth Program – Sign Language
1945 Fifth Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15219-5543
(412) 281-1375
www.hdscenter.org

The Deaf Youth Program through the Center for Hearing and Deaf Services provides opportunities for local deaf and hard-of hearing-youth to interact socially with their peers and with members of the deaf community. Each fall and spring, the DYP offers levels I and II ASL classes for families and friends of students who are deaf or hard-of-hearing. These classes are inexpensive, super casual, and set in a variety of locations throughout the Pittsburgh area. Each class aims to improve communication between deaf youth and their hearing family and friends through meeting one evening per week for 10 weeks for 90 minute sessions. The classes are taught by a deaf adult whose primary mode of communication is ASL – very little speech is encouraged in each session.

Mondo Italiano
2310 Woodstock Ave.
Pittsburgh PA 15218
(412) 478 2681
home.earthlink.net

Emphasizing Pittsburgh’s rich Italian ancestry, Mondo Italiano strives to promote the Italian heritage, cultivate friendships among residents of Italian descent, and bring this joyful language to the Pittsburgh area. Beginner, intermediate, and advanced classes are taught (and even a Boot Camp, where participants of extensive skill are put to an hour long test of debate, perfect dialogue, and fun in this intense session), both in small group settings as well as one-on-one sessions. Bambino summer camps are also available; utilize this great resource to turn your kids into a little Italian linguist, where cooking, dialect, and crafts come together during this fun weeklong program.

Nikki Tiani-Moroney is a full time mum of two boys, wife of a professional poker player/photographer/amateur pencil-sharpening competitor and writer from Pittsburgh, PA. When she isn’t studiously neglecting her housework in favor of a good book, she’s out simultaneously fighting crime and picking up sidewalk litter while savoring an occasional cigarette. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.

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