Where to take foreign language classes for adults?

desks in a classroomDeirdre emails:

Wondering if you can help me find some local resources for adult language classes. I took German throughout high school and college and was pretty good at one point, but have lost quite a bit of knowledge over the last 10 years. I'm interested in anything ranging from formal classes to conversation groups that might help me pick up where I left off. I'd also be interested in language exchange classes, ie I could help someone with their English if they could help me with my German.

We've looked at this topic in the past -- but that was vor langer Zeit. And things change.

So, got a suggestion for a good place for adults to take foreign language classes -- or just get conversational experience speaking another language? Please share!


Bethlehem High School offers a bunch of fun adult classes to residents of the Capital District. They have an Italian class beginning soon.
$50 for 7 weeks.

Molto bene!

Here's a link to their catalog:


I'd recommend you check Nancy Scarselletta's Language Enthusiasts of the Capital Region Meetup group to practice or get introduced to a few new languages.

Where do you live? Guilderland also has continuing education classes.

Two things that popped into my head after we posted this:

+ The Albany school district offers continuing education classes, including some language classes (though it looks like conversational Spanish is the only language currently being offered).

+ You might be able to get some leads via either the German-American Club of Albany or the Troy German Hall Association. They probably don't have any formal classes, but they might be able to connect with people who would just like to practice their conversational German.

I'm so glad someone asked this question, my mother and I are both looking for a group of people we can practice speaking German with. I speak very little but have been practicing with cds, my mother speaks more but is a little rusty.

To add to Greg's suggestions:

The local high schools may have exchange students from German speaking countries.

The universities usually have offices that provide services to their international students and you might be able to find German speaking students through them.

If you can afford to pay a small amount for an hour of conversation with a student, that would be helpful.

Or create a Meet-up group to start a monthly "Stammtisch" at Wolff's Biergarten for German conversation.

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