It’s summer — and I am reminded once again of how I missed those days of no school, just bumming around the house, or hanging out with friends. It was fun but doing the same things every day does get boring after a while.
One of the most productive summers I’ve ever had was when I decided to study Japanese. It was a fun language to learn and eventually, it became a hobby. What started out as a simple hobby soon opened up a lot of opportunities for growth, personal development and career advancement. In fact, I landed my very first job because I knew Japanese. And even outside the workplace, I have lots of opportunities to earn from my language skill — I taught basic Japanese (Nihongo Center Foundation, Manila) and was also a freelance translator.
If you are a student thinking of taking language lessons while on summer vacation, congratulations! It will be one of the best life-enriching decisions you will ever make. I can vouch for myself
What language to study?
Well, find out what interests you most: anime, music, travel, food, history, anything. If you have lots of interests, narrow down your list until you find the one language that you are most interested in. You can, of course, learn two if you think you can do both at the same time But that’s hardly advisable, especially if you are starting from scratch for both languages. It will just mess up your learning curve and you’ll end up not learning anything at all.
Where to study?
Lucky for you, there are more language learning centers now than there were back in the early 2000s. More schools, more resources, more online courses, more apps. (I will write about resources and apps on future posts. Today I will just concentrate on brick-and-mortar schools).
Obviously, there are other things to consider like budget and distance from home to school and you need to factor these in your decision.
Here is a short directory of major language schools in the Philippines. This is by no means complete and I will add to the list as soon as I have sufficient info on particular schools.
1. Nihongo Center Foundation - Japanese
825 R. Papa Street, Sampaloc, Manila
Tel.: +63-2-7353179 / +63-2-7352920
3F Dominion Bldg., 833 Arnaiz Avenue (Formerly Pasay Road), Makati City
Tel.: +63-2-8924916 to 19
2. Alliance Francaise de Manille - French
209 Nicanor Garcia Street, Bel-Air II, Makati City
Tel.: +63-2-895 7585 / +63-2-895 7441
3. Goethe Institut - German
G/4-5/F Adamson Centre
121 Leviste St., Salcedo Village
1227 Makati City
Tel.:+63-2-8405723 / +63-2-8405724 / +63-2-8170978
4. Instituto Cervantes - Spanish
855 T.M. Kalaw St., Ermita, Manila
5. Societa Dante Alighieri-Manila - Italian
Unit 45/4th floor, Zeta Building, 191 Salcedo Street, Legaspi Village, Makati City
Email: email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org
6. Korean Cultural Center - Korean
2F Mancor Corporate Center, 32nd Street, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City
7. Berlitz Philippines - multiple languages
2F Peninsula Court Building, Paseo de Roxas, Makati City
Tel: +63-2-8132231 / +63-2-8179319
Berlitz Connecticut, Greenhills
Designmix Center, 2F Unit 7, #59 Connecticut St., Greenhills, San Juan
Tel: +63-2-2175777 / +63-2-7231304
Berlitz @ Educate Shangri-La
5th floor, Shangrila-La Plaza Mall, Mandaluyong City, Philippines
8. Bridge Language Center - multiple languages
17N Burgundy Corporate Tower, Sen. Gil Puyat Ave., Makati City
Mobile: +63-917-6BRIDGE (274343)
9. TESDA Language Center - English, Arabic, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin, Spanish
TESDA Complex Taguig, Gate 2, TESDA Complex, East Service Road, South Superhighway, Taguig City
10. Asian Center for Foreign Languages - multiple languages
2502-B West Tower, Philippine Stock Exchange Centre (Tektite Tower), Exchange Road, Ortigas Center, Pasig City
Tel: +63-2-6877342 / +63-2-6330722
Email: email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org
12. International Language Academy Manila - English
2/F Makati Creekside Mall Bldg. Amorsolo Cor. VA Rufino St.
Legazpi Village, Makati City
Tel: +63-2-5199502 / +63-917-5374474
1. Alliance Francaise de Cebu - French
371 Gorordo Ave, Cebu City 6000
1. German Language Services – German
214 Quezon Blvd., 2nd floor ISeC Bldg.
8000 Davao City
Tel: +63-82-271 9020 /+63-939-9054651
Last updated: 17 November 2014