We already have the good fortune of being citizens of a country that, by default, makes us bi-lingual, if not masters of a third language as well. But, if you’re looking to tell your poissons from your poulets, por favor from graciasSi from Oui, or you finally want to be able to understand the Kanji tattoo you got years ago, our language course guide should help steer you in the right direction. For foreign languages and those closer to home, look no further.


Alliance Francaise de Delhi offers a variety of French classes, both across levels {beginners, intensive, kids and teens}, and industries {business, translation, conversation classes, tourism, hospitality}, and French writing classes. They give you the option of sitting for an exam to find the best suitable level for you; don’t expect any hand holding, all conversation is carried out in French.

Where: 72 K K Birla Lane, Lodhi Estate

Nearest metro station: Khan Market

S – 24/8, DLF Phase III, Gurgaon

Nearest metro station: Guru Dronacharya

Contact: 011-43500200 {Delhi}, 0124-4061032 {Gurgaon}

For class schedule and more details, click here.

To follow them for events, films screenings and special offers {all in the interest of learning more French}, follow them here.


Goethe Institute: In addition to regular classes {available across levels}, Goethe Institute also offers a wide range of special and company courses, all supplemented by an extensive examination program. Goethe also has a teachers’ training institute, and can hook you up with studying German in one of their centers in Germany {if you’re super invested in the language}.

Where: Goethe Institute {Max Mueller Bhavan}, 3 Kasturba Gandhi Marg

Nearest metro station: Barakhamba

Contact: 011-23471100

For a full academic program, fee structure and other information, click here.

Institute of German Studies : Anyone even remotely associated with the german language in Delhi raves about this place. In cooperation with Goethe, Institute of German Studies is run by a couple, who met each other at Max Mueller back in 1985 and started their own classes in Noida about a decade ago. A lot of the school teachers in Delhi NCR owe their language skills to IGS.

Where: 3rd Floor Wave Silver Tower, Noida Sector 18, Noida

Nearest metro station: Sector 18 Noida

Contact: +919891373519, +919350075217


The Korean Cultural Center offers courses across levels and age groups, all of which last 11 weeks. They also have weekend intensive beginner classes, suitable for all you working folk. As for higher levels, admissions are based on interviews, and all registrations are to be done at the center itself.

Where: The Korean Cultural Center, 25 A Ring Road, Lajpat Nagar IV

Nearest metro station: Lajpat Nagar/Kailash Colony

Contact: 011-43345000

For a full academic calendar, class timings and more information, click here and follow them on Facebook for updates on events and activities, here.


The Nihongo Center: It runs two academic sessions in a year. They have courses designed for every level, where every level {but beginners} requires an admission test or a Beginners Course Certificate.

Where: The Nihongo Center, G-13 Hauz Khas, Second Floor

Nearest metro station: Hauz Khas

Contact: 011-26562841, 011-65655408

For class schedule and more details, click here.

The Rai and Singh Language Institute: They take weekend classes as part of a 4 month course, and teach all three writing methods {Hiragana, Katakana and Kanji} for those in the city.

Where: Rai and Singh Language Institute, Sector 31, Plot 122, Gurgaon

Nearest metro station: Huda City Centre

Contact: 011 42418903

For class schedule and other details, click here.


Enroll at the Italian Cultural Institute and you’ll have access to a variety of courses, highly qualified teachers, library facilities, and a wide range of DVD’s and Italian publications. Also, Italian food in the cafeteria! They can also assist with online learning of the language, and if you’re looking for a more authentic education environment, they can help out with institutions in Italy.

Where: The Italian Cultural Institute, Instituto Italiano di Cultura, 50-E Chandragupta Marg, Chanankyapuri

Contact: 011-26871901/03

For class schedule and other details, click here.


The Hungarian Embassy is the best place to pick up this language in the city. Their classes take place twice a week in the evening, making it easier for people with jobs. After you register, they call you in for an orientation class, which will be followed by a screening test.

Where: Hungarian Embassy, 2/50-M, Niti Marg, Chanakyapuri

Contact: 011-23014992

Price: Free of charge


Institute of Spanish Studies: The institute itself is situated in Delhi, but private one on one classes are held all over NCR. The teaching staff is either native Spanish citizens, or highly qualified individuals holding an M.A., M.Phil. or Ph.D. from JNU in Spanish.

Where: D-211, First Floor, Laxman Plaza, 104 Linguistic Academy, Munirka

Nearest metro station: Chattarpur

Contact: +91 8826236699, +91-9868330995

For more details, click here.

El Instituto Cervantes: They boast 17 classrooms and a library, and courses ranging from beginners to advanced.

Where: 48 Hanuman Road

Nearest metro station: Rajiv Chowk

Contact: 011 43681900/011 43681999

For more details, click here.

Instituto Hispania: {recipient of the best Spanish Language Institute Award for 5 years running}, teaches 8 levels of Spanish, and also provides corporate training to companies, along with translation and interpretation services.

Where: D-59 Hauz Khas

Nearest metro station: Hauz Khas

Contact: +91-9871308911, +91-9643900560

For more details, click here.

Chinese, Portuguese, Arabic and Russian

Jawaharlal Nehru Academy of Languages offers beginner courses in Chinese, Portuguese, Arabic and Russian. The Chinese course runs for 3 years, divided into 6 semesters of 5 months each. The Russian, Portuguese and Arabic courses run for 1 year over 2 semesters, all of which you can apply for online.

Where: The Bhartiya Vidya Bhavan’s Jawaharlal Nehru Academy of Languages, Kasturba Gandhi Marg

Nearest metro station: Barakhamba/Rajiv Chowk

Contact: 011-23382005, 011-23389942 

For a full schedule, timings, eligibility and fee breakdown, click here.

Urdu and Pashto

Zabaan conducts online one-on-one classes on Skype, so NCR residents can sign up to learn spoken and written Urdu or Pashto. They have an easy system of scanning written material in, and having corrected material scanned back. There are also classes in GK-II that help Hindi readers/writers transition to Urdu reading and writing.

Where: Zabaan Language Institute {online}

Price: Various. Stephanie can assess your needs and work out a course best suited to you.

For more information, call 9650122722 or click here.


Hindi Guru : Hindi Guru offers basic to advance level Hindi classes. The most popular course is the 50 Hour Spoken Hindi class, which will make you feel better placed to converse and negotiate in a hectic market, and even enjoy a Hindi movie sans subtitles.

Where: Hindi Guru, H 5/1-2, Lower Ground Floor, Malviya Nagar, New Delhi

Contact: +91-9810107674, +91-9416447634

Price: Class packages range from 20 hours to 600 hours, depending on how much you want to learn. The 50 hour class package, for example, is priced at INR 15,000, and includes course material such as AVs and animations, developed by Hindi Guru for easy learning.

For more details, click here.

Pallavi Singh : Pallavi Singh will customise Hindi lessons to suit your language restrictions and requirements, and use fun learning exercises. Best part is, she’ll come over and do it. She’s also insanely flexible, so feel free to tell her your preferred timings. PS: William Dalrymple is a student!

Where: Pallavi Singh’s Hindi Lessons for Expats, Home tuitions

Contact: 9769021595

For more details, click here.

If you’re looking for a more serious and long-term commitment to mastering a language, Delhi University’s language school and Jawaharlal Nehru University’s language school might work better for you. Click here for DU, and here for JNU.


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