Dec 3, 2009 9:45 AM | 2
Over 40% of Brooklynites speak a language other than English at home. In Brighton Beach, Russian is the predominant language. In Sunset Park, you’ll hear Asian dialects and Spanish. Walking down Manhattan Avenue in Greenpoint, many residents are native Polish speakers. If you want to talk the talk as well as walk the walk, you can learn a new language or brush up on the basics for FREE at Brooklyn Public Library.
Visit Central Library and check out our Multi-Lingual Center with books and other materials in over 30 languages. It also hosts weekly language-learning circles in English, French, Japanese, Mandarin, Portuguese and Spanish. So start now and you could be fluent by your summer vacation.
If you can’t make it to Central, no worries – you can visit our website to use your card to access language-learning software.
And for those who are part of that 40% who don’t speak English at home, Central’s Education, Job and Information Center offers job search help in other languages, and many local libraries offer materials and programs in the neighborhood’s native tongue, as well. Call your library to find out what resources they have so you can parles Francais or hablas Espanol today!