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, and most importantly, overcoming our internal fears to use what we learn and make mistakes. Oh, and a lot of studying. 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. By the time Roger had finished a B.A. in English and Classical Studies at the University of Idaho, he’d 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.
Matt grew up in Paris before moving to the south of France (Montpellier). One day, his 6th grade English teacher in France asked him if she was pronouncing something correctly. From that moment on, Matt knew he enjoyed helping others learn languages and studied to become a French (and Spanish) teacher at Northwest Nazarene University, where he now teaches. His favorite aspects of French culture are the people and language, claiming that a heated discussion with a friend is a test of true friendship in France. Matt loves that through teaching French, he gets to meet very interesting people that are very passionate about the language.
His advice for students?
“Anything difficult is worth the effort. Anything different is worth a try. So just try something different, it’s not that difficult!”
Mandarin Chinese Instructor
Shanshan grew up in Xianyang, Shaanxi province, China (in the very center of the map). She has a Master degree in Education from Boise State University and is currently pursuing a doctorate at Northwest Nazarene University. Before coming to Idaho, she worked as an assistant at a Chinese school in California and several law offices. Shanshan’s favorite part about Chinese culture is the food, citing that the importance of food in Chinese culture has resulted in rich and diverse fare. According to Shanshan, American Chinese food simply isn’t the same. Shanshan also loves the extensive history of Chinese culture, dating back 5,000 years, and enjoys visiting museums. In her spare time, you can find her at her home with her husband and son cooking, working in the garden, or watching TV.
“ Knowledge is infinite, learning is lifetime. 学无止境”
Born and raised in the tiny islands of Cape Verde, 350 miles off of the West Coast of Africa, Lanisia grew up in a multilingual environment with Creole and its nine variants, and Portuguese. With an inherent enthusiasm to learn more languages, she decided to study French for six years and later on obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Teaching English as a Second language, which afforded her the opportunity to teach English as a Second Language for three years and work as a Portuguese-English translator. Her ambition to further her career and improve her English proficiency brought her to the United States in 2009. She is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Bilingual Education at Boise State University. She is always looking for creative and fascinating ways to teach so that students are actively engaged during the learning process. She also loves it when students master a new concept or when they can express themselves in Portuguese, even if it is through short sentences or short conversations.
She is passionate about the outdoors and loves swimming and hiking. Her favorite part about the Cape Verdean culture is the sense of community people have among each other, and she also loves the food.