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Two Words that Will Change Your Life

Every year, I take our graduating senior class to lunch to check in with them, take their pulse, and give them a few encouraging words in this very pivotal year in their lives. One thing you will always hear me tell them, year after year, is contained in two words: STEP OUTSIDE. This won’t always […]

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The Power of Practice and Perseverance

I was talking to a colleague today who had been on a trip to Mexico with a group that included a Spanish student of mine. I had taught this young lady, now a high school senior, for three consecutive years and seen her progress from a complete beginner to an avid student of the Spanish […]

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How Bilingualism Enhances Your Creative Flow

A good friend recently sent me a clip of video philosopher Jason Silva commenting on an article in Fast Company. Silva, who is bilingual and multicultural, resonates with the assertion that those who are bilingual and multicultural have multiplied channels of creativity. This is certainly true of those who are raised in bilingual families. But the benefits […]

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Bill Gates: “I feel pretty stupid that I don’t know any foreign language”

Almost all of us have lived long enough to have regrets. Some of those regrets — like a missed opportunity way back when, or a botched relationship — we can’t always do anything about; but others can be remedied. It’s actually surprising what deficiencies in our lives are within our power to correct. Learning a language […]

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The Reason for My Madness, Part 3

Believe it or not, my memories of the 5-day whirlwind trip through Europe are really sketchy. My guess is that, because it was so much more expensive than the other places we had visited, my parents chose not to hang out too long in each place. Thanks to their network of missionary contacts, we had […]

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The Reason for My Madness, Part 2

(For Part 1 to this story, go here.) We are in the year 1965 and have been aboard the SS Canberra for about two weeks, having sailed from Perth, Western Australia. Leaving the squalor of Colombo, Sri Lanka behind, we boarded the ship and headed for the tip of the Arabian peninsula, a voyage of several […]

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The Reason for My Madness, Part I

People often ask me how I came about my love for other cultures and languages. It has recently occurred to me that I have never written this story down, and yet it is one of the most defining chapters in my life. I was born in the state of Wyoming to Texan parents. When I […]

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The Debate Continues in France

It is no secret that the French have always been fiercely proud of their language — and rightly so. It is truly one of the most beautiful languages spoken. Sometimes the debate has reached comical levels, as when the purists refused to call Sony’s groundbreaking Walkman by its English name and instead invented the word […]

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Summer Language Enrichment Classes in Nashville

DATES: Tuesdays and Thursdays, June 11 – July 18 We can all remember times when we have come back from summer break with the feeling that we have forgotten 90% of what we learned the previous school year! I’ve had students say the same after a mere two weeks of spring break! It’s true. Three […]

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Bilingual Benefits

A recent study shows that bilingual people are able to switch tasks more quickly than monolinguals. This actually comes as no surprise. The ability to switch gears and refocus on another subject or task at hand seems an almost indispensable skill these days — certainly in my world. What I find tragic is the fact […]

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