Sprachcaffe Languages Plus was founded in 1982 by the brothers Sarno from Rome, with the philosophy "Learn languages and meet people!" Since then, Sprachcaffe has become an international company, sending thousands of students abroad every year to enrol on language programmes. Additionally, Sprachcaffe offers various travel packages, including tours in both Cuba and Mexico, activity holidays, cooking classes, dance holidays and much more.
How Sprachcaffe began:
Alongside teaching at various language schools, the Sarno brothers held language classes in their own living room in order to fund their studies. The classes often ended with a lavish meal which included a delicious Italian pasta dish served with a quality bottle of wine.
The interest in their classes grew enormously, together with the number of students enrolling on them. During a holiday in Calabria, the brothers even ran an Italian course at a campsite. It was then that their life-changing idea was born.
"We give our customers the opportunity to pick and choose from our packages, giving them greater flexibility to create their very own tailor-made experience that meets their individual requirements. We also guarantee that our English-speaking staff are able to offer local, quality support to our customers."
The brothers then opened the first Sprachcaffe school in Frankfurt in 1983. Their first customers were students who showed great interest in the new and communication-orientated style of language teaching. The concept was a great success and soon other schools were opened. The foundations of language travel by Sprachcaffe were now laid.
Origins of the name:
The name "Sprachcaffe" was inspired by an Italian tradition known as the "CaffèLetterario". These "literary cafés" were a meeting place for various intellectuals in Italy, who used them to discuss various topics within politics and culture. The Sarno brothers were inspired by this tradition, so came up with the idea of a "CaffèLinguistico", or rather a "Sprachcaffe". The idea was to give people from all over the world the opportunity to meet each other and speak different languages in a relaxed environment.