LLH began as result of the founder, Dana Marchionne, who fell in love with the Italian language and culture after taking her first Italian language 101 course while studying at Rutgers University. Shortly after, she enrolled in a study abroad program in Urbino, Italy. It was there that she realized that she was VERY good at something,...speaking Italian! Due to her passion, she learned quickly, which resulted in her changing her entire academic plan. Upon graduation, she moved to Italy, successfully immersing herself and reaching near-native fluency. Dana returned to the states where she began teaching Italian at the secondary school level. A few years later, in 2012 she launched her dream of opening a language school and Learn Language Hoboken was born. LLH presently offers Italian, Spanish, French, Arabic, Chinese and ESL. Specializing in Group Classes, Private Lessons and After-School Enrichment. Come visit us today and you'll realize that the end result is just as amazing as the journey to get there.
LLH Program Coordinator: Sanadernu or Sanda as everyone calls her is from Colombo Sri Lanka. She received her Bachelor of Business and MBA from Edith Cowan University, Perth Australia and Bachelor of Laws from University of London. She started her career as an entrepreneur but her passion for learning and growth lead her to play several roles in Education Management such as a teacher, trainer and program coordinator. She also founded and managed a small school in Sri Lanka offering tutoring services. Having moved to the United States last year, she is excited to join Learn Language Hoboken, and be a part of a passionate learning environment.
Meet Our Teachers:
BONJOUR! Aude is a native of France, from the area of Seine-et-Marne, near Paris. She has always enjoyed learning languages (German, English, Japanese, Latin) and travelling around the world (Europe, Australia, Japan, North America). She graduated from ILERI, Paris with a Bachelor in International Relations. After working as Office Manager for a shoe company in New York, she started a second career as a French Teacher and never looked back. She specializes in adapting her classes according to her students’ level, age (as young as preschoolers) and ultimate goals (leisure, work or specific exams). She has attended a number of training programs at the Alliance Francaise both in New York and in Paris. She lives in Hoboken with her husband Philippe and their three children Arthur, Lucille and Benjamin.
BONJOUR! Sabita qualified as a French language teacher at the Alliance Française de Chennai in 2002, and has been teaching French to non-French speaking students at both the elementary and the intermediate level ever since. As a freelance French language trainer, she has taught French to corporate professionals (IT, Manufacturing, Energy sector, Project management, etc. ). She has a ‘Diplôme Supérieur’ as well as the ‘Teacher Training Stage Qualification’ from Alliance Française and has furthered her education through several additional certifications including qualifying as a Professional French translator. Additionally, Sabita is a CELTA certified English language (ESL) trainer and worked at the British Council in India for the past 5 years. Sabita believes in bringing the subtle nuances of the French culture, cuisine, literature, music, cinema, history and travel to make the language learning an experience beyond the classroom.
BOUNJOUR! Lys-Ange Akewas born in Ivory Coast, a French speaking country, to a father working as the second of the Department of Education and a mother who was a bilingual executive assistant. They made sure their children had a great education and loved books; and as a result, Lys-Ange loved to read and her younger siblings had to sit and listen to her recreating the stories. Growing up, she would also volunteer at church, tutoring younger kids.
When she is not holding a book, you can easily find her at the movie theatre, browsing the 5-stars. She graduated with a bachelor in Accounting in Ivory Coast and in Business Management in the U.S. She is currently working at a Tax Company and live in Jersey City with her husband Innocent!
CIAO! Alberto was born and raised in Milan, where he graduated in Liberal Arts and he pursued his studies in History of Theater. His love for art and culture led him to work with some of the most important opera houses in Italy as an executive producer and stage manager.
In 2011 he left for New York City to improve his English and to work at some off-Broadway theaters as a production assistant. He fell in love with the city, and in 2014 he moved to NYC permanently. As a teacher at LLH, Alberto shares his love for his country with his students by using books, music and art. He enriches his professional skills to teach children with special needs Italian: a challenge that allows him to test and to make use of new techniques.
Alberto states that Italian "is not just a language, it's a kind of music which possesses the warmth and treasure you can find in Italy.." " I love sharing my passion for my Country with students. When I teach I try to give all of myself, my culture and my love for Italy. It's great seeing your students leaving the school, smiling and happy to speak a little bit better each time."
CIAO! Elisa is a native Italian, born and raised in Torino. She is also a PhD, an anthropologist, a writer, a traveller, and a language lover. Her ethnographic research took her to Berlin, Helsinki, and Barcelona. Since September 2015, she has been living in NYC because of her current research on migrations, languages, and cultural identities. Learning new languages and teaching Italian are activities she has been devoted to for the past 10 years. Why? Because she strongly believes that “the limits of my language mean the limits of my world” (Ludwig Wittgenstein) and that “a different language is a different vision of life” (as the great Federico Fellini affirmed): languages widen our world and open up new perspectives on the others and ourselves. She speaks Italian, Spanish, and English. Her goal is to learn French and Jamaican Patois within the next two years!
CIAO A TUTTI! MARHABA! Asmae is a native of Morocco. She obtained a bachelor's degree in Italian studies and her teacher's certification in Italian. She taught Italian in high school and privately for three years in Morocco. She speaks Italian, French, Arabic and English. She teaches Italian and Arabic at LLH. Teaching is her passion. She states " I love teaching. One of my goals is to let students master and become fluent in Italian, and Arabic and make them fall in love with the language. " Teaching classes of different types (children, teens, groups and or individually) have allowed her to use a flexible approach to best suit the student's need. Asmae feels that " I was a student, so I know the difficulties associated with learning and approaching a new language."
"I can't wait to meet you in one of my vibrant classes. Learning a language is fun, enriching journey!"
¡HOLA! Salvador was born and raised in Havana, Cuba, where he graduated as a journalist, and served as professor of the School of Communication of the University of Havana for almost a decade. He also has studied and worked in several Spanish-speaking countries, such as Spain, Mexico, Cuba, Chile, Argentina and Venezuela, so that he is familiar with the culture and traditions of the Hispanic world. He earned a Master's degree from the University of Salamanca, and he is currently a doctoral candidate at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), and fully expects to complete his PhD degree requirements by January 2018. He proposes to you an approach to the fascinating Hispanic culture by studying of the Spanish language, the second most spoken language in USA. Through his academic training and ten years of experience working as teacher he has developed skills and capabilities relevant to teach. This includes; a thorough understanding of behavior management strategies, optimistic point of view, a strong desire to deliver, good work ethics, and exceptional communication skills.
¡HOLA! Karla - I moved to Hoboken from Mexico City where I originally studied Industrial Engineering and received my Masters Degree in Electronic Commerce at Tec de Monterrey - Ciudad de México. I previously have 11 years experience managing IT related projects. I am passionate about Mexican Culture, Traditions and Food, and enjoy teaching Spanish Lesson and having the opportunity to share my language and culture at Learn Language Hoboken. I also have a passion for baking and own an online business called “Caídos del Cielo Bakery” where you can find Mexican Artisanal Pan de Dulce. I love to travel and enjoy other cultures and traditions.
¡HOLA! Yanira - I am from Cali – Colombia. I have been living here for six years. I am married and I have two kids. I studied in my country, Public Accounting and I also got my Bachelor degree in Business and my Master degree in Administrative Science from Fairleigh Dickinson University (Hackensack, NJ). Nowadays, I am a Financial Analyst for a big company. I do not have previous experience as teacher but I am Mom and I know how kids are and their behavior. However, I had the chance to discovered a passion inside me, it was teaching my language and my culture to adults and children. It has been an amazing opportunity and experience because it gave me the time to share my knowledge and learn many things from my students.
Ni Hao! Yiwei was born and raised in Nanjing, China. She studied economics and finance in Tsinghua University in Beijing before moving to New York to get a graduate degree in financial engineering at Columbia University. Despite an education and career in finance, she knows her real passion lies in teaching. She taught ESL course in China’s largest private education institution when in college. And after moving to New York, she has been working remotely with a boutique admission consulting firm in Beijing, mentoring students from elite Chinese colleges to help them get into top graduate schools in North America. Yiwei is an avid traveler and diligent writer. In 2017, she left her job in an investment bank to travel and write. She runs a Chinese travel blog to share her travel stories with Chinese readers. And by teaching Chinese, she also wishes to convey the beauty of her mother culture to a wide audience in America.
"LEARNING A NEW LANGUAGE IS CLOSER THAN YOU THINK!"