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Frequently Asked Questions

What makes City Speakeasy different?

City Speakeasy believes that immersive social engagement is the key to learning a new language. We combine comprehensive classroom instruction with fun “Immersion Events,” so you can practice your skills in a real-world setting.

Who are the teachers?

Our teachers have joined our team from places across the globe. They are award-winning teachers, native speakers, and (of course) talented linguists. To learn more about our teachers individually, visit our teacher page.

About Our Classes

How much does each course cost and what’s included?

At City Speakeasy, we currently offer 8-week courses that start at $395. This tuition price will earn you:

  • Seven classroom sessions
  • One teacher-led “Immersion Event”
  • A post-class happy hour (complimentary drink included)
  • All learning materials, including a textbook and the City Speakeasy Immersion Guide in your language

We also offer 2-week classes, trial classes, group lessons, private lessons, and corporate lessons. Please contact us for more information.

When, where and how often do the classes meet?

Classes meet for two hours once a week at the New York Language Center in Midtown. Each course lasts for eight weeks, including our out-of-class “Immersion Event” at a culturally relevant bar, restaurant, or venue where students can engage and converse while showing off their new skills.

What does a typical class lesson look like?

City Speakeasy classes create the perfect balance between classroom learning and social interaction. You’ll be encouraged to converse with other students in your new language regularly, and receive premier instruction from our talented teachers.

What is an “Immersion Event”?

Our Immersion Events help you practice your language skills in the real-world. You’ll visit a restaurant, take a cooking class, or go to karaoke with your classmates, practicing vocabulary in a fun and engaging way.

What are my classmates generally like?

Your classmates are smart, ambitious New Yorkers - just like you! City Speakeasy keeps our average class size under ten students, so you’ll receive personalized attention from our teachers and plenty of time to converse with classmates.

Other Questions

How do I know which level is right for me?

If you aren’t sure which level is right for you, take an assessment quiz! Located at the top of each “Lesson” page, these quick questionnaires will help us place you into the right class.

What if I signed up for the wrong level?

We want you to get the most out of your class. If you’ve signed up for the wrong level, just email hello@CitySpeakeasy.com. We’ll do our best to transfer you to a new class (depending on class capacity).

What if I miss a class?

We know that life can get busy, and sometimes you may have to miss a class. No worries! Our teachers will send out weekly “absent review packets” to keep you up to speed. Or, if you want some extra help, you can email hello@CitySpeakeasy.com to sign up for a private lesson. (Note: private lessons are an additional cost.)

What is the cancellation or refund policy?

After your first class, you have six business days cancel or transfer classes for a full refund - provided you return your textbook and immersion guide. (If the books are not returned, we will deduct $40 from your refund.) After that time, we are not able to offer refunds for classes.

Where can I read your terms & policies?

You can view all our policies right here on our website. Just visit the “Terms, Conditions, and Policies” page!