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Portuguese Meetups Globally

Portuguese, Classes/Conversation, Social

New York City is crawling with Portuguese Meetup groups. To see if there is one in your own area, type in your zip code here! Language Meetup groups vary substantially in emphasis. Some are very focused on the language…

Japan Society

5 Japanese, Museums/Cultural, Classes/Conversation, Kids

For New Yorkers interested in Japanese language and culture, the Japan Society is a remarkable resource. Events here embrace many spheres of human activity: politics, finance, food (I even noticed a talk on the power of miso!), music, and more. …

China Institute: Isn't This Pretty?

4 Mandarin, Museums/Cultural, Organizations, Classes/Conversation, Kids

China Institute was founded in 1926 by a group of American and Chinese educators, John Dewey among them. It resides in an Upper East Side brownstone from which it offers an array of lectures, symposia, films, exhibits, educational programs, corporate programs,…

See Their Website for Information on Upcoming Events

Japanese, Museums/Cultural, Classes/Conversation, Kids

Tenri’s mission is to “promote the study of Japanese language and the appreciation of international art forms.” Located in Greenwich Village, it offers classes, exhibits, and performing-arts events.

Search for Hindi Meetup Groups in Your Area!

Hindi, Classes/Conversation, Social

On the far right of the Hindi Language Meetup page, you can type in your zip code to see whether there are any groups in your area dedicated to Hindi-related meetings and events.  In March 2013, for example, a search…

More Than 700 Polish Speakers in the NYC Polish Social Group

Polish, Classes/Conversation, Social

You can join a Meetup group to speak Polish or just hang out with Polish people! Granted, Polish Meetups are not available everywhere in the U.S., but there are quite a few—in Chicago, New York, Atlanta, Los Angeles,…

There May Be a Russian Meetup in Your Area!

Russian, Classes/Conversation, Social

Enter your zip code here to find Meetup groups near you focused on Russian conversation. In case you are unfamiliar with the Meetup phenomenon, there are Meetup groups for all kinds of interests, not just language. I personally am…

Start 'Em Young!

Arabic, Mandarin, Spanish, Classes/Conversation, Kids

This project was founded by Angela Jackson, a business executive whose experiences living and working abroad highlighted for her the advantages multilingualism conferred on children overseas, in terms of both educational and professional opportunities. Bringing together language instructors, researchers, school…

The Front of the School

French, Classes/Conversation, Kids

This school on West 120th Street, I was told, is the first pub­lic French-American char­ter school in New York City. Its larger mis­sion, according to its website, “is to develop global cit­i­zens who are well-prepared…