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Created in 1897 by Maximilian Berlitz.

Proper noun[edit]


  1. A brand of language skills learning. During the teaching of the language all instruction is done in the target language.
    • 1957, John Steinbeck, The Short Reign of Pippin IV: A Fabrication, page 103:
      "Clotilde is taking a Berlitz course in American slang. I think her instructors are a little confused about it too.
    • 1997, Robert Ludlum, The Aquitaine Progression, page 85:
      "I told him you would learn the Berlitz French so you could dine with him whenever you flew into Paris.
    • 2004, Joseph Finder, Paranoia, page 49:
      It was as if she'd learned it from a Berlitz book.
    • 2004, Christopher Whitcomb, Black: A Novel, page 213:
      He spoke some Arabic with a West Texas drawl, like a Berlitz tape on dying batteries.
    • 2006, Robert Ludlum, The Ambler Warning, page 166:
      Soon then these guys would have regressed, be blabbering away in the language of their home village, and these Berlitz monkeys at the agency would have no idea what was being said, [....]
    • 2006, Gigi Levangie Grazer, The Starter Wife, page 95:
      "It's like Berlitz. When you get to Hollywood, you're going to need to learn the language."