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Best Place to Learn Chinese

  • NYU’s School of Continuing and Professional Studies

    Various locations, 212-998-7200

    In an archipelago of classrooms scattered around Washington Square, NYU offers more languages, including courses in translation and interpretation, than any other school in New York—25 tongues, including the newly booming Mandarin. “It’s the new Arabic,” says director Milena Savova, citing 300 percent growth in 2006. It’s also the only place in town with Hindi and modern Greek, and the only one on the East Coast that teaches Danish, Norwegian, and Swedish. Many instructors, mostly native speakers, have been with the school for ten years or more. Students in these small, intensive classes (from $495) are equally committed: Most come to advance their careers, burnish a grad-school application, or earn one of the school’s well-regarded certificates.

From the 2007 Best of New York issue of New York Magazine

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