Expanding Your Expressiveness
Discover a New World Right Outside Your Door
peak a new language so that the world
will be a new world." is was the
advice of Rumi, the thirteenth-century
Su poet. His words seem especially pertinent in
Montreal today, with its rich diversity of cultures
Consider, for example, the experience of one
American woman. "I've lived in Montreal for several
years, but only recently got over my hesitation to
speak French," she says. "Now, it's as if the city itself
is more vibrant, more alive... as if I'm able to drink
more deeply from all that Montreal has to oer."
Her inspiration came from Culture &
Language Connections, a local language school with
a unique emphasis on conversation. With the
smallest class sizes in Montreal and lessons developed
according to personal learning patterns, CLC is
unusually eective at helping people speak a new
language with ease. e school's core oerings are
French, English, Japanese and Spanish, available
either at the school or at your home or oce. Within
their beautiful, sun-lled facilities in the heart of
Monkland Village in NDG, you'll nd a lively mix of
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local learners as well as people from around the world
who come for several months of intensive lessons.
For CLC's founder, Arnel Javier, it's about
more than language lessons, though. "Human
connection is why we exist," he says. "It gives us
meaning and purpose. Language is a tool that helps
facilitate this connection."
With all their emphasis on community and
connection, there's something almost tangibly
dierent about CLC. ey say it "feels like home,
no matter where you're from." It's this nurturing
environment that gives people the courage to
experiment with new sounds and vocabulary. It
seems that it's also the kind of rare, precious culture
that helps people discover themselves along the way.
To experience CLC for yourself, drop in any
aernoon Monday to ursday for one of the free
"tea times," when anyone is welcome to come practice
their language. You'll nd them at 4260 Avenue
Girouard, #350, near the Villa Maria metro station.
Perhaps you, too, will discover a new world
in Montreal - and in yourself.
Visit www.clcmontreal.com .