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Illustration: Dave Ercolini

Date: April 19, 2009 6:37:09 PM EDT
To: inyc@timeoutny.com
Subject: Spanish lessons

As a result of recent unemployment, I have too much free time and too little money. I would like to pick up a new language while idling between interviews—Spanish, to be exact. Where in NYC can I learn Spanish for free or for as little money as possible?

Ahmed

Meet and mingle

Spanish conversation workshops at New York Spanish Language Meetup are led by native-speaking teachers and grammar experts ($15 for 70 minutes of chitchat, held in bars or parks). Cultural outings include a monthly Spanish film with English subtitles. Begin with no knowledge, or stay to pick up advanced slang so you can give up that “hasta la vista” Terminator impression. With 4,400 members, you’re bound to find a conversation partner, fellow single or just a friend at one of the many social events. meetup.com/spanishconversation

Give a little, talk a little

Donate your time to ESL or computer classes at A Spanish Journey, and your Spanish instruction (starting at $30 per week) is free. The school offers a free 30-minute evaluation to see where you fit in and if you’re down with their method. Instructor Ivan Romero says he tracks individual progress, so you can drop that “my perro ate my homework” alibi. 251 W 14th St, between Seventh and Eighth Aves, second floor (212-633-7108, aspanishjourney.com)

Score a scholarship

Tell ABC Language Exchange why you’re passionate about learning your language of choice, and voil—you just may get a helping hand with its four-week tuition, which starts at $120. “The people tell us their story, and they get a little scholarship to get them going,” says CEO and founder Elizabeth Lunney. “They ask if they need to fill out a form, and I say, no, this is me giving you a break.” If you’re not so lucky, be sure to attend an open house, where the $50 registration fee is waived, or try the $50, three-hour crash travel course, what Lunney calls the “wham bam thank you ma’am” of classes. You get schooled on greetings, directions, restaurant ordering and basic phrases (like, say, “Help, I procrastinated on learning your language before my trip to Cancun!”). 135 W 29th St between Sixth and Seventh Aves, suite 1204 (212-563-7580, abclang.com)

Wax on, wax off

Native Spanish speakers from Spanish Black Belt teach tiny groups (up to four students) who share the same level and neighborhood (starting at $224 for 16 hours). Focused on speaking and listening, these classes put the language into practice with role-playing exercises, then advance through a karate-like belt system. As a bonus, the school can tailor a course for student needs, be it health care, government or black-market business dealings (kidding—we assume). 347-410-9273, spanishblackbelt.com —Ashley Hoffman

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Rachel
Rachel

This is great! Thanks for this informative article.

Mandy M
Mandy M

I highly recommend Fluent City, where I just completed Spanish 2. The classes are fun, affordable and casual and get you speaking right away. The school offers French, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, German, Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, Russian and Hebrew classes for adults in Manhattan and Brooklyn. Check out full class schedules at www.fluentcity.com.

Sakura
Sakura

If you are looking for Spanish classes, then I strongly recommend trying Easy Espanol. Their classes are fun, easy and affordable. The instructors are all native Spanish-speakers assigned to you based on your goals and learning style, which are assessed during a Trial class. You can also choose to have classes online or at their offices and -I tell you- both options are great! Instructors make classes fun and interactive by using a lot of resources (books, videos, online platforms, etc) that will have you chatting away in Spanish in no time. Personally, I prefer online classes because the lessons fit my schedule, and I can have them at home, at the office, or anywhere with an Internet connection for that matter. But don't take my word for it, take a Trial online lesson (just $15) and start speaking Spanish right away: www.easyespanol.org & www.espanishlive.com

Anonymous
Anonymous

Hi Everyone, Are you using a mobile application for learning Spanish? Basically, I am a native English speaker who has Spanish roots. Like yourselves, I am currently learning Spanish as well. I found a cool and contemporary way of learning Spanish. ... All you need is a iPhone, iPad or Android; a Mobilinga "Learn Spanish Quick" app; and of course a fun group of people to exchange learning knowledge and statistics with :) Mobilinga is an award winning creator of learning application, here is their link: * Visit them on the web: http://www.mobilinga.com * iTunes App Store: http://ax.search.itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZSearch.woa/wa/search?entity=software&media=all&page=1&restrict=true&startIndex=0&term=Mobilinga * Amazon App Store: http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=node%3D2478842011&field-keywords=mobilinga&x=0&y=0 Hope this helps! Juan

Sam
Sam

You can also check out affordable and awesome Spanish classes in Williamsburg and Manhattan at www.fluentbrooklyn.com!

GaBella
GaBella

You can also find personal and private Spanish tutors located around NYC. www.gabellasprivatespanish.com

Bill
Bill

Great list - a couple other Spanish schools I've heard about are: - Cactus Language - Queen Sofia Spanish Institute Also, just saw this site over on Yelp - apparently it'll be a place you can go to find classes - sounds cool: http://coursehorse.com