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.
Erika grew up in Palma de Mallorca, Spain. She has worked as a language instructor for the last 3 years in many places including Spain, Colombia, Russia and the United States. In her home country of Spain she enjoys how people gather, talk and enjoy a 4-hour meal together. The relaxed Mediterranean lifestyle is one of the favorite things she enjoys about her island’s culture. With her students, she enjoys seeing the learning process and how they come to understand that learning Spanish is not impossible. In her free time, Erika likes to read, take interesting classes and spend time with her family. She also enjoys the many outdoor activities that Idaho has to offer.
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 about 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.
Xenia grew up in Chisinau, Moldova. She has studied Russian and English and has a Philology degree from Moldavian State University. She worked for 2 years as a Russian editor before coming to the United States. In Xenia’s home country she really enjoys the traditional food such as pelimeni, borsh and mamaliga. She enjoys the New Year’s celebration with her close friends and family. She admits that learning Russian can be hard but it can also be fun. She likes to share her knowledge of the language, traditions, customs and people with her students. In her spare time she likes to read and do embroidery but her biggest passion is cats. She thinks that they are funny!
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.
Danette was born in Virginia and has lived all over the United States. She has also lived in Okinawa, Japan and Spangdahlem, Germany growing up, while her dad was serving in the United States Air Force. When he retired from the Air Force their family settled in Idaho. She married her husband while attending college at Boise State University and they have two children. Danette’s favorite place to visit is Maui, Hawaii or anywhere that has sun and sand. Her last vacation was to Lake Tahoe where she discovered a new passion for paddle boarding. She also enjoys reading, scrapbooking, swimming and spending time with her family.
Spanish and German Instructor
Elena is a native German speaker who completed her high school education in Germany. As a child she lived in Spain for 6 months. Later, as a graduate student of Spanish, she spent one year traveling and studying abroad in Madrid, Spain. She has worked as a teacher at the high school level and university undergraduate level. She is a Berlitz method trainer and instructor. She has also worked as an international flight attendant for United Airlines. Elena enjoys many things about the Spanish and German culture, especially the culinary diversity. She loves to eat and cook. She loves Spanish music and literature. During vacations, Elena loves to travel and go camping with her family. Her hobbies include ballroom dancing, horseback riding, kayaking, cooking, gardening, reading and spending time with her family. Elena feels lucky to have been able to visit many amazing places around the world and is happy that her two children are bilingual.