True, we’re a city where “learning a new language” is just as likely to mean C++ or Python as it would to ace Esperanto or Malayalam. While you’ll find plenty of avenues to learn the first kind of language, here are a few offline avenues to learn those of the spoken and written kind.

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Kannada Language Learning School

Kannada Language Learning School

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Besides allowing you to impress the general public with your Kannada-speaking skills, you’ll earn brownie points, and a whole new world of books, music, and movies will be open to you. You can learn either spoken Kannada or how to read and write the language at this school. They offer separate courses for each module. These courses are spread over a month or a month and a half, and classes are held on weekends. You can even take a test online to assess your current level.

Where: 3417, Seva Sadan Training Institute, Above South Indian Bank, 8th Main, 3rd Cross, Koramangala

Contact: +91 9686277 225

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Goethe-Institut

The Goethe-Institut offers a selection of courses, classes, and events related to the German language. You can start at the Beginner’s level and proceed through the five subsequent levels of proficiency by clearing examinations. You can also practice your conversational skills at their Stammtisch evenings, {regular get-togethers after film screenings in which all conversation is in German}, or take advantage of their library. They also offer weekend learning and distance learning options, as well as classes for young ones.

Where: Goethe-Institut, Max Mueller Bhavan, 716, CMH Road, Indira Nagar 1st Stage

Contact: 080 25205305/06/07/08 or email info@bangalore.goethe.org

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Alliance Francaise De Bangalore

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Bangaloreans flock to the French cultural centre for dance, music, exhibitions, film screenings, and even food. Of course, it’s home to a rigorous French-learning programme too – they’re said to induct as many as 3,500 students each year. They offer classes through the year and through all levels for children, teens, adults and young adults, and corporate employees.

Where: 108, Thimmaiah Road, opposite UNI Building, Vasanthnagar

Contact: 080 40808181/ 080 4123 1345 or email afbangalore@afindia.org.

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GMAB

The business services centre GMAB, founded in 2006, also offers training in the Dutch language {beginner and advanced levels}, by native speakers of Dutch. Classes are held on both weekdays and weekends. Beginners can enroll in a 24-hour course. Veel geluk!

Where: The Dutch Roof, 1093, 3rd F Main Road, 8th Cross, Ramaiah Layout, Kammanahalli

Contact: +91 97399 88898 or email info@gmab.co.in

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Sakuraa Nihongo Resource Centre

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A full-fledged Japanese language academy, Sakuraa Nihongo offers basic language learning classes as well as courses in translation, Japanese culture, business etiquette, and cultural orientation. Individuals can start with their 20-hour basic conversation classes.

Where: 2nd Floor, 1 18th Cross, Malleswaram

Contact: 080 23464677

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Institute Of Spanish Studies

There’s plenty of Spanish to be learned in the city, it seems {all we want is to someday replicate the famous Troy-and-Abed Community Spanish rap}.

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Whatever your goals are, the Institute of Spanish Studies offers classes in Spanish, as well as translation and interpretation services. Know Spanish but hoping to practise it? They have a dedicated class where you can hone your spoken skills with other students, under the guidance of a trainer. The institute also offers specialised short duration courses which let you learn Spanish in Spain!

Where: 44/8, Second Floor, Next to Brigade Millennium Signal, J P Nagar 7th Phase

Contact: +91  9480208123, +91 9538657181 or 080 41116473

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The Mandarin School Of India

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There are clearly tonnes of takers for Mandarin in Bangalore, going by the fact that these people have offices in three spots in the city. The Mandarin School of India offers courses in conversational and professional Mandarin; they also prepare you for the HSK Examinations, the standardized test for the language.

Where: Click here for a complete list of their locations.

Contact: +91 9900013672, +91 9900151133 or +91 9900151127

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Instituto Hispania

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The Bangalore branch of the India-wide Spanish teaching unit helps you learn the language one-on-one, to assist with a job placement, or in a corporate setting. They also offer basic conversational courses, and courses for children.

Where: 1, 6th Cross, Second Floor, Victoria Layout

Contact: 080 41479175

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Institute Of Foreign Language And Culture

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This multilingual school offers classes in Spanish, German, French, Italian, Japanese, and Mandarin. They’re affiliated to the Cervantes Institute in New Delhi for their Spanish examinations. Courses are offered in the standard Basic {A1, A2}, Intermediate {B1, B2}, and Proficient {C1, C2} levels. Their branch in Ulsoor has a full library for all the languages taught. They also occasionally conduct film screenings and other cultural activities.

Where: 16, 1st Floor, Fateh Complex, S. Kariyappa Road, Basavanagudi, and 47, 3rd Cross, 2nd Main, Chakravarthy Layout, Vasanthnagar

Contact: 080 65681700, +91 9886706731

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