CR Languages is an independent language school located in downtown Boise, Idaho, USA. It was founded in 2010 by Roger Rowles and Julieta Cordovero with personal savings and a mutual passion for languages. Roger, who hails from Challis, Idaho, and Julieta, from Buenos Aires, met by chance on a dance floor in Argentina. What ensued over the following years involved a lot of plane tickets, passport stamps, Skyping, and notes scribbled on napkins, but in the end, two hard working individuals created a place for people to study languages in Boise. Why Boise? Because it’s a fantastic place to live and it needed a language school. Why “CR” Languages? Because Cordovero-Rowles Languages is pretty difficult to spell.
The mission of CR Languages is simple, yet profound. On the surface, we have one goal: we want our students to learn. On a deeper level, we want our students to learn much more than just a language; we want them to become better global citizens.
The mission of CR Languages is for students to learn. Period. As a byproduct of learning a foreign language, students will expand their cultural lens and become well-rounded, engaged citizens of the world.
Learning a language is extremely difficult and takes a very long time. While some claim that you can learn a new language in ‘just weeks’ like children or the CIA, it’s not true. Learning a language requires exposure, an understanding of grammar and syntax, vocabulary, a lot of studying, and most importantly, overcoming our internal fear of making mistakes. These things are at the heart of the methodology at CR Languages. The classes that we offer are not easy, but students learn. Read more about our methodology and learning a language on our resource page for learning a language.
Co-Founder | Academic Director | Spanish Instructor
Raised in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Julieta has always had a passion for history, politics, and languages. While earning a degree in Political Science from the University of Buenos Aires, she began to study languages in order to read texts in their original form. With Spanish as her mother language, she continues to refine her English and Portuguese, and studies French, Italian, German, Russian, and Mandarin. Following her passion, she quit her job in import/export and started a language institute in Buenos Aires, which she operated for four years before moving to Boise. Julieta is constantly refining the 6 course books she has written for the Spanish curriculum and is currently working on a Spanish vocabulary book. She enjoys Brazilian music, heated political discussions, and making students laugh at/with her in class.
Co-Founder | Executive Director | English Instructor
Roger first discovered his passion for languages as an AFS foreign exchange student studying German in Switzerland, which set off his addiction for traveling and studying abroad. Roger earned a B.A. in English with a minor in Classical Studies from the University of Idaho and participated in two other study abroad programs, including Semester at Sea, and a semester studying Spanish in Buenos Aires (where he met his beautiful wife Julieta). After completing his degree, he served as an English language assistant in Austria through the Fulbright Commission. In addition to CR Languages, Roger also designs websites for small businesses through a sister company, Made Right Media. Growing up in the mountains of Central Idaho, he also has a passion for the outdoors and can occasionally be seen floating the river, skiing, or slaying trout.
Danny is a true Pacific North Westerner raised in Seattle and Boise. Danny has been teaching English as a second language for the past six years around the country, and previously taught English literature to high school students. Danny is inspired by all of the different people that he meets teaching and jumps on any opportunity to immerse himself in the melting pot of American culture. He also loves sports and Scrabble. He’s always up for a good game of Scrabble.
Mandarin Chinese Instructor
Dandan comes from the Jiangsu Provence in China where she taught Chinese literature in high school and the Chinese language to students from South Korea. She is not only well versed, but also very passionate about Chinese history, poems, literature, and the art of calligraphy. When she’s not teaching, she enjoys listening to music, reading, and spending time with family.
Italian and French Instructor
Coming from Milan, Alessandra has an innate passion for language which led her to pursue a degree in translation and French. She is excited to be living in Boise and is even more excited about sharing the French and Italian culture with her students. Alessandra’s favorite parts about French and Italian culture are the arts and history, the beauty of the cities and villages riddled with history, and the adaptation of old traditions. She loves laughing about stereotypes and surprising students with insight into the culture. When Alessandra isn’t teaching French or Italian, you can find her studying other languages, or spending time with family and friends.
Alessandra’s mantra? ‘Il mondo è bello perché é vario.’
Lydie grew up in Rennes, 4 hours west of Paris. With a background in small and medium business operations, she brings a unique and sharp perspective to the classroom. She is very passionate about France and ‘charme francais’. Her favorite part of French culture is the language and the unique words and ways in which the language portrays our life experiences. In her free time, she enjoys traveling and spending time with family and friends.
Oana grew up in Bucharest, Romania. She has worked for Boise State University as a Spanish Adjunct Instructor and for the St. Luke’s Health System as a Qualified Spanish and Romanian Health Care Interpreter in the Language Services Department. Oana enjoys sharing her knowledge and love of Spanish with those who want to learn it. She loves the diversity and variety of the Spanish culture. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, traveling, cooking, learning and exploring new things and being with friends.
Paula grew up in Assis, a city in the state of São Paulo, Brazil, but has also lived in Australia, France, and Germany. For the last three years, she has worked as a translator – a job well suited for someone who considers themselves a language aficionado. Paula enjoys how languages can provide a window into the many ways in which different groups of people perceive the world, as well as the role it plays in both culture and identity. She loves teaching Portuguese to students and hopes that doing so will help others to see the beauty and nuances of Brazilian culture, her favorite aspects of which include Brazilian music and Brazilians’ ability to relax and enjoy their time off. In her time off, Paula likes to cook, travel, and spend time with friends.
German and French Instructor
Having lived in Germany, Morocco, France, and Indonesia before studying at a University in the UK, Nicola has known many countries and cultures. She considers German her native language because it is the first language she ever learned and is the language from which she draws most of her own culture; a culture which she loves to share with others. Nicola has a passion for teaching – she believes that teaching languages, in particular, expands people’s horizons and perspectives – and has worked as a university instructor in Psychology and Sociology. Before that, she worked as a therapist at her private practice in France, and has also been employed as a French language interpreter for refugees. Nicola likes to read with one or more of her four cats, hike with her dog, cook (and eat) food from around the world, and spend time with her family.
Carmen grew up in Mexico, but spent her teenage years learning English in England. Now living in Boise, she passes much of her spare time hiking in the foothills and cooking. Professionally, Carmen has experience in numerous fields, including architecture, design, nutrition, translation, and teaching. She has taught at both private and public schools, and though she normally teaches Spanish, she has also been an ESL instructor and taught courses in Art and Design. Carmen finds her interactions with students immensely rewarding and enjoys the enrichment that comes from exposure to different people and cultures. As for her own culture, Carmen loves her rich and varied Mexican heritage and is honored to be able to share it with others.
Xiaobei “Jane” Zhang
Mandarin Chinese Instructor
Jane Zhang comes from a small town outside of Xi’an, China, where the Terracotta Warriors were discovered. Her favorite part of her culture is the historical buildings and the meanings behind the ancient architecture. Jane came to Idaho on an exchange program where she fell in love with treasure valley. She received her degree in Business Administration from NNU. After graduation she worked for several companies, but, her love of her native language brought her to CR Languages, where she is now an instructor in Mandarin. Her favorite part of teaching, is not only teaching the language but the meaning behind the culture. In her free time, you will find her cooking Chinese food, and catching up on latest episodes of The Office.
Iryna von Esch
Iryna was born and raised in Sevastopol, Crimea. She spent most of her early years there until she relocated to the United States in 2004. She started her teaching career in 2002. During that same time she was finishing her Bachelor Degree in Early Childhood Education and Psychology, which she received from the University of Ukraine, Odessa. Iryna also has received her Master of Education in Special Education from the University of Reno, NV. She is also a member of the ATA, and the ACTFL. For many years she has been teaching K-12 Special Education, GED classes and Russian language. Her favorite part of her home country’s culture is the Russian folklore songs and dancing. She loves teaching students the beauty of the Russian language, and the various approaches to verbalizing feelings and emotions. In her free time she likes reading, exploring, and having lots of new adventures.