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: Sanda 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 founded and managed a small school in Sri Lanka and has worked with Young Adults and Entrepreneurs. She is also the author of the book, "Think like an Entrepreneur". She is from Colombo, Sri Lankan and now lives in Bayonne, NJ with her husband.
Meet Our Teachers:
BONJOUR! Aude, a native of France, graduated from ILERI, Paris with a Bachelor in International Relations in 1996. She has always enjoyed learning foreign languages (German, English, Japanese, Latin) and travelling around the world (Europe, Australia, Japan, North America). After moving to the USA in 2000 and working as Office Manager for a shoe company in New York for 10 years, she started a second career as a French Teacher and never looked back. Sharing her passion for the French language, culture and gastronomy was what she was meant to do! She holds a DAEFLE (Diplôme d’Aptitude à l’Enseignement du Français Langue Etrangère) with High Honors from the Alliance Française in partnership with the French Education department and has attended a number of training programs at the Alliance Française both in New York and in Paris. She lives in Hoboken with her husband Philippe and their three children Arthur, Lucille and Benjamin.When not teaching you can find her checking out the Farmer's market, enjoying a cup of coffee @Chocopain or @Bwe, hiking the French Alps or knitting with friends..
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.
BONJOUR! Lys-Angewas 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!
BONJOUR! CIAO! Rita is a freelance writer and journalist, specialized in Visual Arts and History of American Photography. She’s also achieving a PHD in Phenomenology and Aesthetics at Sorbonne University in Paris, and will join, next fall, the Department of Philosophy of the New School for Social Research, in New York City, as a Visiting Scholar. Born and raised in Italy, she moved to Paris in 2003 to go deeper into her academic researches upon Contemporary French Philosophy for her Italian Master Degree. Falling in love with the city and the language, she never came back home! She started a real full immersion that lasted more than 12 years, during which she reached a native-equivalent fluency in French, working for academic, corporate and no-profit organizations. In particular she built strong educational competencies, designing, developing and teaching modules of Italian and Frenchfor Business and Corporate Philantrophy for a Parisian training Company. Natural-born traveler, she started to touring around North America in 2012. She lived in Montreal, Toronto and New York (her lifetime Love!), where she definitely moved in 2015. Quoting her favorite French philosopher, Maurice Merleau-Ponty, she loves to say that “Language transcends us and yet we speak”. So that, learning a language is not just the result of acquiring grammatical structures and rules: a language lives in you as you live in it, it’s a mutual embrace. Today Rita writes for the French magazines, Mowwgli and L’Oeil de la Photographie.
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! Alex is a native Spanish teacher from Honduras, Central America. At the age of twelve he moved to New Jersey, where he learned English and developed his passion for languages and culture. He truly believes that when one visits a country, one should speak to the locals in their native tongue. That’s what he did before visiting Brazil: He studied enough Portuguese in order to get around the South American country. For Alex, language and culture go hand to hand. Therefore, he thinks his knowledge of Spanish would be nothing if he were not immersed in the culture of Spain and Latin America. Throughout his classes Alex incorporates language, music, literature, folklore, cuisine, cinema, and experiences about the Hispanic world. Alex has been at Learn Language Hoboken since 2015. Since then, Alex’s number one priority has been that his students receive the best learning experience after a long day at work. His class might be physically located in Hoboken, but while he is teaching, he wants his students to feel as if they were in Barcelona, Buenos Aires, or Mexico City.
¡HOLA! Esther de la Rosa is originally from Madrid, Spain. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism from Complutense University of Madrid and a Master's degree in International Journalism. She has worked as a Press Officer and Communications Manager at various private and public entities in Spain, Mexico and the United States. She moved to New York in 2012, and has since worked as a Spanish instructor, teaching Spanish to students at different levels.
Besides teaching, she loves storytelling and her first graphic novel in Spanish will soon see the light in Spain and Latin America. In the meantime, she writes comics in Spanish with Teo, her 8-year-old son.
¡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.
Namaste! Varunika is a native from India. She is a scholar with a masters degree in International Business from Amity University, India. In addition to having professional experience in Human Resources, her keen interest in teaching languages such as Hindi and English gave her a new direction. Her passion encouraged her to work as a teacher and a trainer in schools, events and workshops. Her love for travel also added a new profoundness to learn about different cultures.
Her love grew deeper as she pursued Spanish language from Instituto Cervantes, Embassy of Spain, Delhi. She has a diploma in Spanish language, which led her toteach Spanish language.Her experience in the corporate and academic sector has enabled her to develop various interactive methods of making learning easy and also enable students to see the world from a different perspective.For her, learning a language is like learning about a new world. She moved to United States last year and loves sharing her culture and experiences.
"LEARNING A NEW LANGUAGE IS CLOSER THAN YOU THINK!"