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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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We Have Lift Off!

In a mere three days from this writing, a dozen curious souls will take off for the adventure of a lifetime, discovering new sights, people, tastes, cultures, stories — and themselves! This year’s World to the Wise Cultural Tour will take us to Rome, in and around Florence, Venice, Paris, and London. A couple of […]

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The Richer For It!

My youngest son is writing a paper for his college writing class. He chose as his topic the value of travel abroad. I suppose he came by it honestly — he was born in Switzerland, raised by multilingual parents with an international outlook, and spent five months in China after high school. Although he is […]

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