Category Archives: Foreign Language Learning

11 Things To Achieve Greatness

Learn a foreign language early in life Live abroad (we chose Germany) or travel often Attend schools abroad (we chose Germany) Start music lessons as children Be a role model as a parent Learn compassion, understanding, respect Get a good … Continue reading

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How Learning German Changed My Life

What do you consider most important in your life? Looking back, was there a single turning point in your life which made you who you are today? Probably, like most of us, life’s most eventful moments come in a series … Continue reading

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Free German University Study for American Students

It’s that time of the year in our American school district for 6th graders and their parents to make decisions regarding which world language to study. I would like to offer reasons to study German. The emphasis these days is … Continue reading

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1000 Pounds and 1000 Feet Tall

Language development in children has always intrigued me. When my two children were young and learning to talk, they each had distinctive words for milk. One would ask for “muck” and the other would ask for “moke” rhyming with poke. … Continue reading

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Languages Reveal Cultures

As a German language educator for some forty-eight years now, I am still intrigued with languages and words and recall as a young girl in Massachusetts how we used certain words for everyday things. When I was ten and moved … Continue reading

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Taking Time for Others

As I prepare to return to teaching after time off for surgery, I am reminded of the contrast of today’s digital society and days past before we had all the gadgets. We actually had time for conversations with others, uninterrupted … Continue reading

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Grateful to my parents

  Fall is a time for reflection as I gaze on the warm colors nature has provided me, the family and friends I have, and for the education I received. There are no half measures when it comes to education. … Continue reading

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