Languages

Learn a Language - Online & in London

Over 30 modern and ancient world languages taught by expert tutors!

Here at City Lit, we offer over 30 different language courses catering to all levels, from beginners to advanced — with both online and classroom formats. Our classes range from European languages such as FrenchGermanItalian and Spanish to Asian, African, and even Ancient and Classical languages. So what do you fancy learning? JapaneseKorean, Arabic, Russian, Classical Greek, Old English or British Sign Language — take your pick!

Our part time courses are designed to fit around your schedule, you'll find a suitable language class for you whether you would like to attend in the evening, daytime, or on weekends. We also offer short, intensive and fast-track courses if you need to learn in a hurry, as well as one-day workshops and taster language lessons.

Beginner to advanced level courses

We teach mose languages at seven different levels and you can start anywhere from beginner to advanced. Our approach to learning is to teach you how to communicate effectively in real-life situations. We select content that is relevant to your needs. If you are a beginner, you will learn how to use the language as opposed to just repeating words and sentences as you would do with an app. We teach you to communicate rather than repeat. 

Use our self-assessment tool to help you choose the right course for your level.

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  1. City Lit gift vouchers - the perfect gift
    Looking for that perfect present? Treat someone to the gift of learning with a course at City Lit. Available from £10, our gift vouchers can be used to book a place on any of our courses, from London walks and food tasting to museum visits, poetry and much more. Simply purchase your voucher and the recipient can choose from thousands of courses, at a time which suits them.
    From £10.00
  2. German beginners: module 2
    Course start date:  Tue 17 Jan 2023 (and 3 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street (other locations are available)

    Tutors:  Friederike Schroeder
    Suitable if you have completed module 1 or equivalent. Based on Willkommen Chapters 5 and 6 (Hodder Arnold).
    Full fee £199.00 Senior fee £199.00 Concession £129.00
    Rating:
    94% of 100
  3. French 3 lower at a gentle pace: module 1
    Course start date:  Fri 20 Jan 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Julie Ricci
    Do you want to continue learning French but worried that you might not be able to keep up? Our French at a gentle pace courses are designed to cover the same material as our standard French courses, but at a slightly slower pace, and with more opportunities for revision built in.
    Full fee £209.00 Senior fee £167.00 Concession £136.00
    Rating:
    91% of 100
  4. French small group conversation
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Wed 25 Jan 2023 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Pierre Porcheron
    Come and join these small group conversation classes. Perfect to practise and consolidate your spoken French in a friendly environment.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £119.00 Senior fee £119.00 Concession £119.00
  5. Chinese Spring Festival and Customs
    ONLINE, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 28 Jan 2023

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Xiaolan Bi
    Get ready for the Chinese New Year this year! This is an unique opportunity to discover the most important festival in China: ‘Chinese New Year’, from 21st January - 5 February 2023, Year of the Rabbit.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £19.00 Senior fee £19.00 Concession £12.00
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  6. Latin 4 lower: module 2
    ONLINE, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 28 Jan 2023

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Judith Rice
    Continue to study Latin grammar and improve your skills at reading and translating Latin texts as well as exploring Roman culture and history. Starting with Reading Latin, 2nd edition, Cambridge University Press, 2 volumes then moving on to original texts.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £169.00 Senior fee £135.00 Concession £110.00
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  7. Latin 3: module 1
    ONLINE, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 28 Jan 2023 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Judith Rice
    Continue to study Latin grammar and improve your skills at reading and translating Latin texts, as well as exploring Roman culture and history. Based on Reading Latin, 2nd edition, Cambridge University Press, 2 volumes.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £169.00 Senior fee £135.00 Concession £110.00
    Rating:
    100% of 100
  8. Japanese beginners intensive: module 3
    ONLINE, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 28 Jan 2023

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Kiyomi Unten
    Suitable if you have completed Japanese beginners intensive: module 2 or equivalent.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £189.00 Senior fee £189.00 Concession £123.00
  9. German beginners: module 1
    Last Few Places, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 28 Jan 2023 (and 4 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Online (other locations are available)

    Tutors:  Vera Messarius
    The course aims to enable students to begin to communicate with some fluency in a range of everyday situations. The emphasis is on the practical use of German and the development of your speaking and listening skills. Based on chapters 1-4 of Willkommen (Hodder Arnold).



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £199.00 Senior fee £199.00 Concession £129.00
  10. French 2 upper: module 1
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 28 Jan 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Yolande Mallet De Chauny
    Come and join this lively interactive intermediate French course. The course will give you a greater understand understing of French and of the French speaking world. Suitable if you have completed a French 2 lower course or if you have recently studied French for 2 years.
    Full fee £199.00 Senior fee £199.00 Concession £129.00
    Rating:
    84% of 100
  11. French into English: translation in practice
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Mon 30 Jan 2023

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Trista Selous
    Do you enjoy reading in French and writing in English? Are you interested in the similarities and differences between the two cultures? Come and join this interactive translation course.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £199.00 Senior fee £199.00 Concession £129.00
    Rating:
    100% of 100
  12. Chinese beginners: module 1
    Evening
    Course start date:  Mon 30 Jan 2023 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Online (other locations are available)

    Tutors:  Fei Wang
    Learn to speak Chinese, with the emphasis on developing your speaking and listening skills. You will also learn to read and write Chinese characters.Suitable for complete beginners.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £199.00 Senior fee £199.00 Concession £129.00
    Rating:
    100% of 100
  13. Italian beginners: module 2
    Evening
    Course start date:  Mon 30 Jan 2023 (and 5 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street (other locations are available)

    Tutors:  Rosanna Carlà
    Continue learning to speak Italian on this communicative course for near beginners, with the emphasis on the practical use of Italian and the development of your speaking and listening skills. Based on Nuovo Espresso 1 (Alma Edizioni - Italian version).







    Please note that this is a face-to-face course which meets twice a week.
    Full fee £219.00 Senior fee £219.00 Concession £142.00
    Rating:
    93% of 100
  14. Russian advanced conversation
    Evening
    Course start date:  Mon 30 Jan 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Inessa Ray
    This is a very advanced discussion group covering topical and cultural issues with relevant points of grammar, as and when necessary. You should have an advanced level of Russian (5 or more years).
    Full fee £149.00 Senior fee £119.00 Concession £97.00
  15. Arabic beginners: module 1
    Evening
    Course start date:  Tue 31 Jan 2023 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online (other locations are available)

    Tutors:  Taïssir K Mahmoud
    Learn to speak, understand, read and write Modern Standard Arabic on this lively course, which also refers to other Arabic dialects. Suitable for complete beginners.







    Please note: we are offering an online Arabic taster class in December: Arabic superstitions (course code LXDA1) if you would like to try out Arabic before you enrol.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £199.00 Senior fee £199.00 Concession £129.00
    Rating:
    80% of 100

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