Welcome to our about page. Please click the below links to learn further about Hills Learning:

Company Description

– History and Introduction

Hills Learning was founded in January 2009 and is a family-owned business. It was initially started as a foreign language school for private lessons, teaching both Chinese and Japanese. At the end of 2009 ESL and Korean were added, as well as a program to teach group classes.

Currently, Hills Learning employs over 25 teachers and has programs for over 200 students. Their client list includes fortune 500 companies, schools (private and universities), and various happy individuals throughout the New York City area. The languages offered at the center include Japanese, Chinese, Korean, English, Thai and Cantonese.

Their main center is located at 380 Lexington Avenue, 17th floor of the Chanin Building. The building is right across from the Grand Hyatt Hotel, adjacent to Grand Central Station in Manhattan, New York.

– Business Principles

1 – Students Come First – Hills Learning tries to be the language school with the best client service.  Please give us a call or contact us to get a sense of how much our school administrators and teachers care about students, their level and goals, and which option would be best for them for learning language.

2 – A Good Teacher is Our Best Asset – We spend lots of time and energy recruiting some of the best teachers in Manhattan for the languages we offer. The school also invests in our teacher’s growth through our training programs. It doesn’t matter how good of a curriculum, learning method or school environment you have, without a good teacher that class will never be effective.

3 – Reputation is Everything – A lot of our business comes by word of mouth, and we work hard to offer effective and fun classes so that our students will refer their friends and colleagues to the school. Please take a look at our testimonials page for some reviews from our students, or take a look at Google Maps, Yelp, and other online resources which have our reviews.

– Media Mentions

Jon Hills of Hills Learning appears on a 30 minute segment on PBS’s show “Asian America.”

Hills Learning is voted one of the best language schools in New York by CBS New York:

Hills Learning’s Ayaka Hills does videos for About.com’s Japanese program:

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Chopsticks NY Reports on Hills Learning’s unique JLPT program:


The Examiner interviews Jon Hills of Hills Learning:


Teacher Information

– SWIRL Method

Hills Learning philosophy on language learning is you learn language from people and through interaction. “Highly Interactive Language Learning” means following our SWIRL teaching method (Speaking-Writing-Intonation-Reading-Listening) in our classes will enable students to achieve their language goals. In each lesson, your class teacher focuses on the speaking and listening components of learning a new language. Your teacher will also incorporate reading and writing skills throughout the course.

– Links for Teacher Profiles

English Teachers NYCClick here for sample teacher profiles

Chinese Teachers NYC- Click here for sample teacher profiles

Korean Teachers NYCClick here for sample teacher profiles

Japanese Teachers NYC- Click here for sample teacher profiles

Please contact us with more information on our Thai or Cantonese teachers.

Why Choose Hills Learning?

–          Student-oriented learning approach (Students come first)

–          Excellent customer service

–          Quality teachers

–          Limited class size

–          Well-developed curriculum

–          SWIRL teaching method (Speaking, Writing, Intonation, Reading, Listening)

–          3-1-1 study method

–          Student library (CDs, DVDs, books and magazines in target language)

–          Take home audio practice