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Our Contact Info


Please call us before visiting.

TELEPHONE: (415) 738-7383


Classroom Locations:
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.


*To visit us please call to make an appointment ahead of time.

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 Brands: Van Cleef Arpels   Media & Publishing: Newsweek
  Louis Vuitton     Saatchi & Saatchi
  Armani     O Magazine
  Gucci     Barnes and Noble
  Fendi     Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts
  Donna Karen     Pearson Inc.
  Perry Ellis     Quirky Inc
  Remy Martin     Disney
  VF Sportswear     MTV
  Club Monaco     Hearst
  Elite Model Management   DIRECTV
Hotels: The Standard    

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: Person of Interest - Russian (Multiple Actors)
  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)

Our Founders

Rachel Meyer is Co-Founder of ABC Languages. Ms. Meyer's experience in language learning and training spans over twenty years. She is fluent in Mandarin, Spanish and French, and has gained some proficiency in Cantonese and American Sign Language.  She is the author of  “Chit-Chat Chinese” published in 2010 by Far East Books ( She has taught and directed programs in English, Chinese and Spanish for private schools and language schools here and abroad. She completed her Bachelor's degree in Chinese studies from Smith College. Ms. Meyer lived in Taiwan for three years where she taught English and furthered her Chinese studies on a graduate level. In 1998 Ms. Meyer spent time acting in a popular Chinese television show called "Adventures in New York" shown on mainland Chinese national television. She was elected and served on the board of the Chinese Teacher's Association of Greater New York from 2002-2004. Ms. Meyer has written articles on language learning for various publications and has been featured in the New York Times, New York Magazine, Crain's of New York and The Daily News, among other publications.

Elizabeth Lunney, Co-Founder of ABC Languages, is fluent in French, Italian, German and Spanish and is currently learning Arabic. She has taught French, German, Italian and ESL for more than a decade. Ms. Lunney has lived and studied in France, Italy and the UK. She also lived in Berlin, Germany for two years where she worked for the Treuhandanstalt. Ms. Lunney holds a Mastes Degree in International Relations from Boston University. Ms. Lunney is frequently asked to share her knowledge of languages by the media. Click here to view Elizabeth on a segment of the PBS show Real Simple. (Windows Media 10mb, 6min). In her free time, Ms. Lunney loves to travel and is a bit of an old film and pop-culture buff.  She is also an avid runner and loves to take a jog near her parents' homes in Molokai, HI and Big Sur, CA.


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
  • FLANC - Foreign Language Association of Northern California
ABC Languages: One Embarcadero Center, Lobby 1, San Francisco, CA 94111. (415) 738-7383
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