Open Up To The World

Learn more about the languages we offered and their amazing history!


French is the most popular language offered at JILA. People learn French for many reasons. Some to travel to France for leisure, for family, and others for business or commerce. French is a romance language and fairly new and more modern than its Latin and Greek cousins. Some semblance of the unified French language we know today appeared around the 9th century AD.


English is the most spoken language in the world and serves as a lingua franca. People learn English to integrate into English-speaking countries. Students at JILA learn English as a Second Language (ESL) for work, family, and travel. English is a West Germanic dialectic with Latin roots brought to Britain in the 5th to 7th centuries AD. English was then brought to the Americas via settlers who traveled to North America during English colonization of the American and Canadian colonies in the 15th to 17th centuries.


There are a few reasons people choose to learn Chinese. Many learn the language for work—Chinese is an international language of business. Often times, people learn Chinese or Mandarin merely to increase their value as a businessperson within their industry. The other reason students opt to learn Chinese is when traveling to China for leisure or to visit family. Chinese is an ancient language that has been around for over six thousand years. Chinese is easily recognized for its use of logo grams, meaning combinations of various symbols that can be combined to evoke a certain phrase or meaning.


People learn Italian for family, business opportunities, and on occasional instances to date. Like French, Italian is a romance language adapted from Latin and the early Roman languages. Much rich history and culture surrounding art, literature, opera, music, and food revolves around the Italian language. There is a debate in the linguistic community of which language came first, Italian or French. It is widely accepted that the first standardized dialect of Italian surfaced around the 8th Century AD.


Hindi is an ancient Eastern Asian language written in a calligraphic script. Students who come to JILA to learn Hindi often do so in preparation to visit family in India. Hindi is considered to be a descendant of early form Sanskrit, and first appeared around the 7th Century AD. Hindi language is a near distant cousin of its Pakistani equivalent Urdu.


Students come to JILA to learn Polish to communicate with friends and family who speak Polish or simply for a fun activity or hobby. Some view Polish as difficult to learn having some grammar nuances that certain people can find difficult to grasp. With interesting historical roots, Polish first appeared in the 6th century AD, when the Slav people migrated from Old Poland and settled throughout various parts of Eastern Europe.


Students get a great chance to learn the Russian language fast and easily at JILA. Many students learn Russian for fun, family, or travel. Russian is not exceedingly difficult to learn, and many recognize similarities with Russian and French. The Russian language has Old Eastern Slavic roots. Becoming a more unified language around the 14th century AD, it’s a fairly newer language than its French and Italian cousins. 


Spanish is the second most-common language in the United States. Many are even required to learn Spanish in primary and secondary school in the States. The Spanish-speaking community is the second largest community in the United States. People learn Spanish for fun, family, business, travel, or simply to be able to order food at your local restaurant. Like French and Italian, Spanish is a romance language and the Spanish language we know today was first spoken as early as the 13th century.


Urdu is an ancient Eastern Asian language written in a calligraphic script. Students who come to JILA to learn Urdu often do so in preparation to visit family in Pakistan. Urdu, like Hindi, is considered to be a descendant of early form Sanskrit, and first appeared around the 12th Century AD. The Urdu language is a near distant cousin of its Indian equivalent Hindi.


Students come to JILA to learn Arabic often in preparation for travel to Arabic-speaking countries for family or business. An ancient language, Arabic is an adaptation of Aramaic, and recognizable because of its unique calligraphic letters and for being written from right to left. The first appearance of the unified language of Arabic we recognize today was around the 7th century CE, but different dialects of what is now the Arabic language have been spoken for thousands of years. 


Students often take Hebrew at JILA when preparing to travel to visit or has family in Israel. Similar to Arabic, Hebrew is written from right to left, has calligraphic letters, and is also an adaptation of Aramaic. Hebrew is an ancient language, and holds roots to many of the words we speak in English today. Did you know the origin of the word “alphabet” comes from the Hebrew word “alef bet”? 


Most JILA students who take German do so in preparation to visit family in Germany. Other people take German for work and travel. Some students have taken German as a new beloved hobby after researching and discovering German roots through their ancestry and genealogy. German is a fairly old language and the first Germanic languages date all the way back to the 1st century BC.