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About Us


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.


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Please call us before visiting.

TELEPHONE: (415) 738-7383 
FAX: (415) 520-5363
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Classroom Location:
One Embarcadero Center, Lobby 1
San Francisco, CA 94111

Validated parking right in our building! 
Only $2 for four hours of parking from 5pm,
and from 10am on Saturdays.

Partial Client List
  NBA   Arts: Christie's
  ESPN     Sotheby's
  Nike     Lincoln Center for the
        Performing Arts

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

Fashion & Luxury Van Cleef Arpels   Media & ABC News
Brands: Louis Vuitton   Publishing: Financial Times
  Armani     Google
  Gucci     The Food Network
  Fendi     Disney
  The Standard Hotel     DIRECTV
  Donna Karen     MTV
  Perry Ellis     Hearst
  Remy Martin     Saatchi & Saatchi
  VF Sportswear     O Magazine
  Club Monaco     Barnes and Noble
  Elite Model Management   Pearson Inc.
  L’Occitane    Quirky Inc.
  Yoox Group      Newsweek
  Tory Burch      

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)




What is your role at ABC Languages?

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.



What is your role at ABC Languages?

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.



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. 



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!


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