Idlewild Books

Idlewild Books

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Cobble Hill, Brooklyn, New York
(63 Reviews)

Idlewild Books was founded in 2008 by David Del Vecchio, a former United Nations press officer. The name Idlewild was taken from the original name for New York International Airport, which was renamed JFK in December 1963. We even have some stained glass and chairs from the original Idlewild Airport in our store!

Idlewild is an independent Manhattan bookstore specializing in travel and world literature and organized by country. We also host language classes (French, Spanish and Italian) and have a wide selection of books in French and Spanish.

Ranked "Best of New York" by New York Magazine, the school classes are taught in our beautiful bookstore, not a stuffy classroom. All our courses are taught by native speakers who know their culture and language inside and out, but have several years' teaching experience so they're are also familiar with the challenges typically faced by English speakers. You'll be surprised how much you'll learn in just eight weeks.

Idlewild carries a range of guidebooks to suit the needs and tastes of every traveler and budget. We believe that a novel, travelogue or history can be just as valuable a key to a place as any guidebook and our well read, well traveled staff is happy to make reading recommendations for any traveler, book lover, or gift giver.

Reviews of Idlewild Books

(63 Reviews)
Spanish for Beginners

6/19/2020
Andrea K.

Attended: Spanish for Beginners


Andres Giraldo was an EXCELLENT teacher. He made the class fun and interesting and practical. My only request would be that the class meet earlier in the evening. 8:00-9:30 is late (although i realize there were people from the West Coast in the class).

Italian Advanced Beginner

4/21/2020
Anonymous

Attended: Italian Advanced Beginner


The instructor is good but if you just started in Idlewild’s Beginner class and then move on to Advanced Beginner, the jump between the two levels is pretty big and I had a hard time keeping up. The rest of the students had taken Italian in college or high school with several years of lessons and I only had 7 weeks going into this class. It would be a lot more helpful if the progression between the two levels was more gradual.

Spanish Intermediate

2/23/2020
Jennifer B.

Attended: Spanish Intermediate


Lalo was a superb instructor. He spoke loudly and clearly, enunciating and pronouncing perfectly so that I could understand him. I would definitely take another class with him as I truly learned a lot and loved practicing speaking Spanish out loud.

Spanish for Beginners

2/23/2020
leah k.

Attended: Spanish for Beginners


This class was perfect for an absolute beginner. Lalo on Saturday’s at 12:15 made the class fun and something to look forward to. It was easy to participate with him and feel comfortable. After 7 weeks, I feel like I have a lot of knowledge and excited to learn more.

Italian Advanced Beginner

2/18/2020
Anonymous

Attended: Italian Advanced Beginner


Loved Stefano and it was nice to remind myself how much (and how little!) Italian i already know.

Italian for Beginners

12/20/2019
Anonymous

Attended: Italian for Beginners


The instructor was very nice. The curriculum, however, did not help me learn much Italian... It is designed to review homework and read over the printed curriculum covering a ton of information and then expecting the students to go home and study that information for at least an hour a day. I could not keep up with the homework and skipped the last 2 classes. I wish we had more conversational instruction and less home based workload.

Spanish Advanced Beginner

12/15/2019
Sergio C.

Attended: Spanish Advanced Beginner


Absolutely loved this class! I love this store (they have great selection of travel related books, language books, fiction and non fiction) - and the instructor (Eduardo Pavez) is just superb. Can’t wait to take the next class! Just being at this place feels so good.

French for Beginners

10/20/2019
Richard P.

Attended: French for Beginners


You learn more in a short time than I expected.

Spanish for Beginners

10/18/2019
Anonymous

Attended: Spanish for Beginners


Lalo was and excellent, energetic teacher. A lot of language immersion which I like. I am surprised by how much I learned and look forward to more classes. Lalo gets an A+. Sue Keown

Spanish for Beginners

8/31/2019
Michelle R.

Attended: Spanish for Beginners


Lalo is an amazing teacher. Lively, personable, competent, patient, thorough.

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249 Warren St, Brooklyn, New York 11201
Idlewild Books
Cobble Hill, Brooklyn
249 Warren St
Btwn Court & Smith Streets
Brooklyn, New York 11201

Upcoming Classes at Idlewild Books

French High Intermediate
French High Intermediate
Next start date:

Monday Jul 6th, 6:15pm - 7:45pm Eastern Time

Spanish for Beginners
Spanish for Beginners
Next start date:

Monday Jul 6th, 8pm - 9:30pm Eastern Time

German Film and Conversation
German Film and Conversation
Next start date:

Tuesday Jul 7th, 6pm - 7:30pm Eastern Time

French Film and Conversation
French Film and Conversation
Next start date:

Tuesday Jul 7th, 6:15pm - 7:45pm Eastern Time

French for Beginners
French for Beginners
Next start date:

Tuesday Jul 7th, 8pm - 9:30pm Eastern Time

Spanish Intermediate
Spanish Intermediate
Next start date:

Monday Jul 6th, 6:15pm - 7:45pm Eastern Time

German Intermediate
German Intermediate
Next start date:

Wednesday Jul 8th, 6:15pm - 7:45pm Eastern Time

German Advanced Beginner
German Advanced Beginner
Next start date:

Wednesday Jul 8th, 8pm - 9:30pm Eastern Time

French Advanced Beginner
French Advanced Beginner
Next start date:

Tuesday Jul 7th, 6:15pm - 7:45pm Eastern Time

Portuguese High Intermediate
Portuguese High Intermediate
Next start date:

Wednesday Jul 8th, 8pm - 9:30pm Eastern Time

Portuguese for Beginners
Portuguese for Beginners
Next start date:

Thursday Jul 9th, 6:15pm - 7:45pm Eastern Time

German High Intermediate
German High Intermediate
Next start date:

Thursday Jul 9th, 6:15pm - 7:45pm Eastern Time

Portuguese Advanced Beginner
Portuguese Advanced Beginner
Next start date:

Thursday Jul 9th, 8pm - 9:30pm Eastern Time

German for Beginners
German for Beginners
Next start date:

Thursday Jul 9th, 8pm - 9:30pm Eastern Time

Spanish High Intermediate
Spanish High Intermediate
Next start date:

Monday Jul 6th, 2pm - 3:30pm Eastern Time

Spanish Film and Conversation
Spanish Film and Conversation
Next start date:

Tuesday Jul 7th, 4:30pm - 6pm Eastern Time

French Intermediate
French Intermediate
Next start date:

Thursday Jul 9th, 8pm - 9:30pm Eastern Time

Italian for Beginners
Italian for Beginners
Next start date:

Tuesday Jul 21st, 8pm - 9:30pm Eastern Time

Spanish Advanced Beginner
Spanish Advanced Beginner
Next start date:

Monday Jul 6th, 8pm - 9:30pm Eastern Time

Italian Advanced Beginner
Italian Advanced Beginner
Next start date:

Thursday Jul 23rd, 6:15pm - 7:45pm Eastern Time

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