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Brussels - Speaking the Language
There are numerous places in Brussels where one can learn to speak Flemish (Dutch) and/or French. This would not only help you intellectually and in business, but will help you socially as well. Many people and even employers like to see that you are adapting to Brussels and learning the language rather than simply going where there are people that speak your native language. Some excellent places to learn the Belgian native languages are places like the Amira Language School in Brussels. Amira can be found online at http://www.amira.be/. Amira has a step by step program that allows you to join at any point of the year and be placed with other students at the same progress level as you, and is perhaps the most popular language school.
Ceran Lingua also has foreign language programs available. Ceran is located online at http://www.ceran-us.com/index.php. Their programs are quite expensive, but work in a total immersion method that is extremely thorough and fast. Courses last only a week and are broken into numerous blocks daily of intensive study.
The Europa Language School is less expensive and offers a number of different class types. Located at http://www.elsb.be/general-EN.html, Europa offers small classes, private lessons, or total immersion sessions. They also offer company courses for businesses that have brought in a number of expats who need to learn the language or who intend to send a group of workers abroad.
There is a comprehensive listing of language schools in Brussels located at http://www.europe-cities.com/en/589/belgium/brussels/language-schools/ if none of the schools listed above meets your needs. The schools on this page are quite varied in cost and methodology, with schools ranging from use of immersion techniques to hypnosis. The options are practically unlimited.
For those who are looking for language services upon first arriving to help them get around, there is a site that lists English speaking interpreters in Brussels at http://brussels.angloinfo.com/af/324/brussels-translators-and-interpreters.html. These services can be quite helpful, though many Belgians do speak conversational English and interpreters are offered for many public services.
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