Saturday, September 1, 2012

Free Chinese, Japanese, Korean classes in Pittsburgh's Carnegie Libraries.

Several universities in Pittsburgh offer language classes, and if you have the time and initiative you can enroll in them as a non-degree-seeking student. For more informal introductions and practice in languages, though, the Carnegie Library has free classes throughout the month. In addition to Chinese, Japanese, and Korean, Oakland's branch has French, German, Spanish, and English as a Second Language meetings. Check the library's events page for details, changes, cancellations, or new additions.

Chinese
* The Chinese Conversation Club meets two Thursday evenings a month in the Oakland branch's Large Print Room. The next meeting is September 6, 6:00 - 7:00 pm.

Japanese
* Japanese For Beginners meets two Mondays a month in the Oakland branch's Classroom A. The next meeting is September 10, 6:30 - 7:30 pm.
* Japanese II meets two Tuesdays a month in the Oakland branch's Classroom A, and "is geared toward those who already have a basic understanding of Japanese and are interested in increasing proficiency. Ability to read and write hiragana is required to take this class." The next meeting is September 11, 6:30 - 7:30 pm.
* The Japanese Conversation Club meets two Tuesdays a month in the Oakland branch's Large Print Room. This is geared for high-intermediate to advanced learners. The next meeting is September 4, 6:00 - 7:00 pm.

Korean
* Korean for Beginners meets each Saturday afternoon in the Oakland branch's Large Print Room. The focus is on learning to read and write the Korean script, and mastering some basic vocabulary and phrases. The next meeting is September 8, 1:00 - 2:30 pm.
* Korean II meets each Saturday in the Oakland branch's Large Print Room. The next meeting is September 8 from 11:00 - 12:30 pm.
* Korean Study Group for Intermediates meets on Saturdays at the Squirrel Hill branch. The next meeting is September 8 from 11:00 - 12:30 pm.

There are a few other programs in the area. A recent addition to the "Learn" page is Aspinwall's Cooper-Siegel Community Library, which offers a beginners' Japanese class each Wednesday, in addition to Arabic, French, and Spanish classes throughout the week.

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