Languages

Learn a Language at City Lit in London and Online

We offer language courses at all levels and over 27 different languages here at City Lit. Whether you would like to attend part-time evening, daytime or weekend language classes, our highly popular language courses offer the widest choice in London.

Many of our courses are delivered online by expert tutors. Our approach to learning is to teach you how to communicate effectively in real-life situations and 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. For more information about our live online courses, please see our guide to online learning.

Our classes range from FrenchGermanItalian and Spanish to JapaneseKorean and Arabic. Most language lessons are taught at seven different levels and you can start anywhere from beginner to advanced. We offer short courses, intensive and fast-track if you need to learn in a hurry, as well as one-day workshops and tasters.

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

Discover the benefits of learning a second language and find out what the top growing languages are at City Lit, and why there's never been a better time to learn them.

Got a question about our courses? Email us: languages@citylit.ac.uk.

If you are looking for language courses on behalf of your organisation, email us on languagetraining@citylit.ac.uk for more information and to see how we can help.

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  1. Japanese intensive: journey for beginners in spring
    Evening
    Course Date: Thu 15 Apr 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    Learn Japanese with an emphasis on practical use and the development of your listening and speaking skills. You can also learn to read and write Japanese characters.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £139.00 Senior fee £111.00 Concession £85.00
  2. Latin: an introduction for absolute beginners
    Evening
    Course Date: Fri 16 Apr 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date: Online

    This four-week course, presented in partnership between the British Museum and City Lit, uses information on British Museum objects such as Latin inscriptions on Roman architectural fragments, to provide a foundation in the ancient language of Latin. The class will be held online.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £129.00 Senior fee £103.00 Concession £79.00
    Rating:
    87% of 100
  3. Introduction to Chinese
    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 17 Apr 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    Learn to speak Chinese (Mandarin) in this lively and intensive course which will enable you to handle some simple social/personal conversations in Chinese. 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 £139.00 Senior fee £139.00 Concession £85.00
  4. Italian rapidamente: module 3
    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 20 Apr 2021 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date: Online

    Suitable if you have completed Italian Rapidamente: module 2. Intensive Italian course that is suitable if you already speak a romance language like Spanish, French, Portuguese or Romanian or if you want to learn at a much faster pace.

    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 £115.00
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  5. Spanish beginners: module 3
    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 20 Apr 2021 (and 4 other dates)

    Location on this date: Online

    Continue learning to speak Spanish on this lively, communicative course for near beginners. Taught in Spanish with the emphasis on developing your listening and speaking skills. 'Ele Actual A1' (libro del alumno) and exercise book (SM Publishers).

    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 £115.00
    Rating:
    96% of 100
  6. Korean: an introduction for beginners in collaboration with the British Museum
    Evening
    Course Date: Fri 23 Apr 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    This four-week course, presented in partnership between the British Museum and City Lit, provides a foundation in Korean and applies this learning to British Museum objects related to Korea .

    Please note, this course will be taught online and not at the British Museum.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £129.00 Senior fee £103.00 Concession £79.00
  7. German 4/5: Deutsche Flüsse in Gedichten
    Course Date: Fri 23 Apr 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    Explore German poetry on German rivers in this fun fortnightly workshop.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £59.00 Senior fee £47.00 Concession £36.00
  8. French 4/5 : French literature made easy
    Course Date: Mon 26 Apr 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    A gentle introduction to French literature. You will read a book and will analyse and discuss the details to develop your understanding of the French language and writing style.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £79.00 Senior fee £63.00 Concession £48.00
  9. Italian: vocabulary builder for beginners
    Course Date: Tue 4 May 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    This short two-week course will allow you to practise and consolidate basic Italian vocabulary at beginner level. This course can be taken together with any of our beginner courses and is the perfect option if you need further vocabulary practice. It can also be taken as a free-standing course.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £39.00 Senior fee £31.00 Concession £24.00
  10. Expressions familières et argotiques
    Course Date: Tue 11 May 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    Vous regardez des films français, écoutez de la musique française, rencontrez de jeunes français et vous n’y pigez rien… pardon, n’y comprenez rien ! Démystifiez les expressions argotiques et familières et développez votre compréhension de la langue française et de sa culture.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £59.00 Senior fee £59.00 Concession £59.00
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  11. Discover Spanish Gastronomy
    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 11 May 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    Come and discover the exquisite and typical dishes of each area of Spain, from the famous miniature canapés known as 'pintxos' to the typical 'tapas', without forgetting some of the best wines in the world.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £49.00 Senior fee £49.00 Concession £30.00
  12. Spanish Bites: Getting around
    Course Date: Wed 12 May 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    This course will allow you to learn and practise basic Spanish vocabulary at beginner level around the topic "Getting around". This short course can be taken together with any of our "Spanish Bites" courses and is the perfect option if you just need or interested in learning specific vocabulary and structures about this topic. It can also be taken as a free-standing course.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £49.00 Senior fee £39.00 Concession £30.00
  13. Chinese (Mandarin): an introduction for beginners at the British Museum
    Evening
    Course Date: Fri 14 May 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date: Online

    This four-week course, presented in partnership between the British Museum and City Lit, uses British Museum objects related to ancient China to provide a foundation in Chinese (Mandarin). Please note, this course will be taught online and not at the British Museum.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £129.00 Senior fee £103.00 Concession £79.00
  14. Latin: continuation
    Evening
    Course Date: Fri 14 May 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    This four-week course, presented in partnership between the British Museum and City Lit, follows on from the Latin: an introduction for absolute beginners course. You will continue to learn to read Latin by studying original inscriptions from the British, using information on British Museum objects such as Latin inscriptions on Roman architectural fragments, to provide a foundation in the ancient language of Latin. The class will be held on–line.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £129.00 Senior fee £103.00 Concession £79.00
  15. Italian beginners: get to grips with the present tense
    Course Date: Tue 18 May 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    This short two-week course is meant to help you feel more confident in your use of Italian verbs in the present tense, since the grammar of Italian verbs is quite different from English.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £39.00 Senior fee £31.00 Concession £24.00

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