About Us

OUR PHILOSOPHY 

We believe that the steps to successfully learning a new foreign language are much the same for every student, while the path to learning is highly individualized. With that in mind, ABC instructors have the freedom to address each group’s needs and learning patterns so that, while following a logical progression, each class goes at a pace that works for you, the students.

We also know that your process won’t be helped by pressure, tests, or requirements that you ”keep up” with everybody else. That’s why we have created an environment where language learners proceed at their own pace, where each student discovers his or her own path to proficiency. If you find yourself in a group that isn’t working for your learning needs, come talk to us! The staff and teachers are here to help you every step of the way. All you need to do is stay on your path and your efforts will be rewarded with success.

OUR CONTACT INFORMATION

ANDREA CLASS ABC Languages - Menlo Park
TELEPHONE: (650) 204-7908
E-MAIL: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

OUR CLIENTS

Sports: NBA Arts: Christie's
ESPN Sotheby's
Nike Lincoln Center for the
        Performing Arts

Legal & Consulting: Linklaters LLC NGO & Education: The College Board
Baker Botts ESE (European School of Economics)
Clifford Chance Fulbright
Kurt Salmon World Economic Forum
Davis Polk LLP Council on Foreign Relations

Fashion & Luxury  Van Cleef Arpels Media &  Newsweek
Brands: Louis Vuitton Publishing: Saatchi & Saatchi
Armani O Magazine
Gucci Barnes and Noble
Fendi Lincoln Center for the
The Standard Hotel     Performing Arts
Donna Karen Pearson Inc.
Perry Ellis Quirky Inc
Remy Martin Disney
VF Sportswear MTV
Club Monaco Hearst
Elite Model Management DIRECTV
  ABC News
Banking: Goldman Sachs Medical: NY Presbyterian
Credit Suisse
Well's Fargo Universities: Columbia Business School
Citigroup NYU Stern Business School
HSBC Fordham Business School
Conduit Capital Partners Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health

Schools: Dwight PS 11
The Hewitt School MS 255 Salk School of Science
Friend's Seminary The Allen Stevenson School
The Chapin School Nightingale-Bamford School
The Brearley School The Dalton School
Marymount The British International School
St. Lukes

Film & Television: Damages Season 4 – Pastho (Multiple Actors)
The Departed - Cantonese ( Martin Scorsese Productions)
Morgan Spurlock - Pashto, Urdu & Tajik (Where in the World is Osama Bin Laden?)
America's Next Top Model - French
Uma Thurman - Japanese (Kill Bill)
Quirky Inc. - Mandarin
Willem DaFoe - Italian
Olympia Dukakis - Italian
Rocco Dispirito - Italian (restauranteur of the show "The Restaurant")
Annie Parisse - Spanish
Carol Kane - American Sign Language
Richard Bernstein - ESL (from band Rammstein)
Qian Yi and other stars from "The Peony Pavilion" - ESL (for Lincoln Center performance)


FOUNDERS AND DIRECTORS

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RACHEL MEYER

What is your role at ABC Languages?
Co-Founder

What is your hometown?
Diamond Point, New York. Tiny town in the Adirondacks on Lake George, closer to Canada than to New York City. Very cold!

Which languages do you speak?
Mandarin Chinese, Spanish, French, Turkish, and American Sign Language. Have learned in the past and sometimes revive Indonesian and Cantonese. Studied and have totally forgotten Japanese and Arabic.

If you could live anywhere in the world, where would you live?
Do I have to stay in one place? If not, let’s start with the Loire Valley in France, follow that with Istanbul, next back to Barcelona, I’d try Sevilla, and always wanted to spend time in the Basque Country (both sides of the border).

What is your favorite food or drink?
Oysters, wine. Stir and repeat.

Anything else you want to share with the world?
I live in Sausalito, CA and travel to San Francisco ABC by boat. I can see the San Francisco Bay, hear sea lions and watch pelicans fish from my home. Even though I live in a small town, I always find people with whom I can speak all the languages I know.

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ELIZABETH ZACKHEIM

 What is your role at ABC Languages?
Co-Founder

What is your hometown? 
Tough question: LA, Big Sur, CA and Eugene, OR

Which languages do you speak? 
In the order I learned them English, French, Italian, German, Spanish and Russian

What natural talent do you wish you had? 
To be able to sing like Aretha

Where would you go for your dream vacation? 
A villa in the tropics or the Mediterranean

Anything else you want to share with the world?
I spent about 6 years living on and off in Europe (UK, France, Italy and Germany). My last time living abroad was Berlin from 1993-1995 where I worked for the government agency that privatized the former GDR (Die Treuhandanstalt). It was an unforgettable and fascinating.

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JULIA NAVARRO

What is your role at ABC Languages?
Director of ABC Languages, San Francisco.

What is your hometown?
Ekaterinburg, Russia .This is located in the Ural District of Russian, and lies exactly on a border between Europe and Asia.

Which languages do you speak?
Russian (native), English (fluent), and I am learning Spanish and American Sign Language at ABC.

Where would you go for your dream vacation?
I would check out every island in French Polynesia. The only question here is how long my dream vacation should last.

What is your favorite food or drink?
Spanish tapas and Japanese sushi, and of course wine with the tapas and sake with the sushi. 

What is a secret talent that you have?
Dancing has been my passion since I was at a very young age. I competed in ballroom dance in school, and now I am enjoying any type of Latin dance. 

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KIB BIBENS-LEFEBVRE

What is your role at ABC Languages?
Operations Guru and IT Geek Extraordinaire

What is your hometown?
Lubbotomy....err Lubbock, TX

Which languages do you speak?
English, French, Spanish, German, and Mandarin on a good day

If you could have any super power what would it be?
Look at someone and know what their native language is, understand it, and speak it fluently, but just while I'm in their presence.

What is your favorite food or drink?
Chicken Fried Steak <drool>

What is a secret talent that you have?
I don't have a secret talent, but my favorite useless talent is reciting 40 English prepositions in alphabetical order. Ask me!


AFFILIATIONS

ABC Languages is an active member in the following organizations:

  • ACTFL - American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages
  • TOEFL - Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages
  • NNELL - National Network for Early Language Learning
  • Manhattan Chamber of Commerce
  • CLTA-GNY - Chinese Language Teachers Association of Greater NY