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Kleinen Siege

It is very interesting to me how similar the language learning and cultural adaption process is to overcoming stuttering. The end goal – if there even is such a thing in either case; I would actually argue not – is so daunting that you can’t measure your progress against it. That way lies madness. So what you do is you set smaller goals for yourself and you work towards those, making new ones to replace ones you’ve achieved. Currently, I’m considering an interaction successful when I can A) never resort […]

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Studium und Sprache

For our program, we actually arrived 6 weeks before the start of the German summer semester. The first 3 weeks are taken up by an intensive pre-session language course, then we have a 3-week break, then the semester begins. After an online placement test, we were sorted into small classes based on our proficiency level. It’s all very approximate, but higher-numbered classes are supposed to be higher-level. I’m in Deutsch 11, and have colleagues who are as low as 7 (though he really should be higher, from the sound of […]

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Spring Adventures

I’ve been going on lots of adventures! Most notably, I visited a portion of the great wall in Tsingdao. People were shocked when I told them I had never been to the great wall, considering I’ve been here for eight months now. The reason is actually deliberate.  In general I don’t enjoy tourist attractions, especially those set up for foreigners. I think in order to experience the real China your time is better spent elsewhere. I am saving the touristy part of the great wall for when my girlfriend comes to visit […]

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Living in a Second Language

In the best way possible, Spain has exhausted me. With classes ramping up, planning excursions, going out at night, exploring Toledo, and various physical pursuits¹, I’ve  come to appreciate siesta. Even my “days off” are much more tiring than in the U.S. and they have me counting down to 14:00. Recently, I have been reading a book called Thinking Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman. It breaks down the two ways in which we think; he classifies them as System 1, the fast, intuitive, data-gathering, and emotional mode of thought, […]

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Mt. Misen and Carp Day

Hello again! Sorry to keep y’all waiting, but another great weekend is in the books. This past Saturday (the 21st of November), after meeting up at the ungodly hour of 7am, a group of about 20+ friends and I from the いきいき健康 ventured to Miyajima for the fall festival and to climb to the top of Mt. Misen. The journey up to the top is about 3km, so while it took us only a little longer than 90 minutes to reach the top, our legs were definitely tingling once we […]

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The French Crutch

There’s a downside to being in a multilingual country and knowing one of them (aside from the one that is being learned). While it’s easy for me to speak in French rather than Arabic, I must avoid French like the plague. By speaking French with my first host family, I harmed my Arabic speaking skills; to learn a language it is necessary to use it at every opportunity. Despite the fact that I knew how to best learn to speak a new language, I let my nervousness with Arabic overcome […]

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SEPTEMBER 15TH

When we first arrived in Montpellier we were bombarded by numerous faculty telling us that there are always ups and downs of studying abroad, particularly in another language. So much so that they hire a counselor to come in and speak at the beginning of each semester. They tell you the first couple weeks are an adjustment period and that you will find yourself overwhelmed by either joy or fear for most of that time. I can’t say that I have experienced that to such an extreme. My experience so […]

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First Week Shenanigans!

For this first week of class we had a substitute because our teacher was still on vacation. We did a quick review on all the tenses of the indicative mood. We mostly focused on reviewing the dreaded passato remoto and the trapassato remoto/prossimo. It wasn’t too bad, I actually preferred having this slow start back into learning Italian. So far, so good. My class is awesome. We have classmates from all around the world! Nigeria, China (Score. I get to practice my Chinese all time now!), Croatia, Holland, Germany, Gabon, […]

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I Actually Go to School Here!

Day 5: On this day, we had to wake up and finally take our placement exam for Stranieri. The test was so much easier than I thought it would be! I was happy that I was worried for nothing. Later in the evening, when we got our results, I was told that I had tested into C1. In Italy, and most of Europe, they use a placement test to place you in the correct level for languages (which are: A1, A2, B1, B2, C1, C2). I had placed into the […]

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7 stuff you need to know before launching mvp for your startup

Startups end up a as an alternative profitable enterprise, therefore an increasing number of people get concerned into this progressive global. Each and every startup proportion one commonplace mystery of their fulfillment. It’s hidden in a simple set of rules: first, you create a new and resourceful product, you then present it to accelerators, get investments out of your angels and launch its manufacture, afterwards, in case you get virtually fortunate and the product you got here up with is a actual unicorn, your organisation may also face the go […]

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The First Night in Rabat

This weekend, I wrote in my journal on a rooftop in the middle of the Rabat medina while a turtle scuttled around my feet, tripping its stubby legs over my sandals. Satellite dishes perched on every roof in view. Usually there were two ugly sticks with disproportionate faces looking skyward per roof. Down below, motorcycles buzzed and feet clapped on the tiles, slick with the morning’s rain. Two middle-aged women in djellabas and hijabs restocked the plastic container that the seven people in my group and I had emptied of […]

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Watoto Wazuri: Just a few of the beauts that have stolen my heart

So…children, children everywhere. If you want to learn a language surround yourself with little ones that speak it. They’re so patient, so sweet and you actually don’t need to speak any Swahili to understand what they’re doing. Language (Lugha) Fun fact, Tanzanians know three languages: English, Swahili and their mother tongue. Many schools are taught solely in English so younger students surpass on bilingual expectations. Swahili is mostly used in the villages, cities and home. Their third language is the language of their tribe, whether Masaii, Mchaga or another. Tanzanians […]

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Premiere Chaque Semaine Message

Classes started this week so now that I have less time, I have decided to keep weekly posts for this blog. hopefully this will be something I can continuously keep up with! My goal is to use this blog as a platform over the semester to examine my experiences in the context of learning and growing. As classes have just begun I do not have a specific feel for what each of these courses will be like yet but I am excited to really delve into the content. The courses […]

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Dansk er svært

Imagine trying to articulate a coherent sentence with a gob of mashed potatoes crammed in your mouth. That’s what other Scandinavians say Danish sounds like. (We eat a lot of potatoes at my homestay, so maybe there is some truth to this.) To me, Danes tend to seem like they are mumbling when they speak, as syllables are often dropped from Danish words. Also, the language contains three more vowels than English. These are æ, ø, and å. Stir the mumbling and extra vowels into a pot of mashed potatoes, […]

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Excursion to Madrid

Today was the first of 3 excursions with la fund. We took an hour long bus ride to and from madrid. We went on a guided tour of the palace, had a bus tour of the city, ate lunch at a buffet, then had 3 hours of free time to look around the city. Leandra and I wandered around the city, going from store to store checking out souvenirs and accessories. There were only a couple things that really stuck out for me: there were a ton of scarves and […]

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