Mormons and Language Learning

I remember an experience I had in my High School German class.  There were some recruiters from the Army Language School that came and gave a presentation to the foreign language classes at my high school, trying to encourage us to learn a foreign language and show us the benefit and possible careers we could … Continue reading Mormons and Language Learning

Historical Linguistics, or I am a huge nerd!

I was reading a text yesterday in both English and German and I came across a word that I have never understood completely in English: withstand.   It would seem, from looking at the word, that it would mean "to stand with", but actually, according to Dictionary.com, it means "to offer strong resistance or opposition … Continue reading Historical Linguistics, or I am a huge nerd!

Teaching Grammar to Students, or What I’m learning in school right now

I am in an interesting class right now, Teaching English Grammar.  As an  English Teaching minor (in conjunction with my German Teaching major), this is one of the required classes.  Now this class may sound boring, but it is actually far from boring - but then, I'm a nerd! The whole semester we are focusing … Continue reading Teaching Grammar to Students, or What I’m learning in school right now

The Importance of Language

I am in a very interesting linguistics class right now, The History of the Germanic Language.  We are studying how languages change, specifically how the Germanic languages have changed and developed over time.  Currently we are talking about reconstruction of languages - looking at similar languages we can reconstruct the older, shared language from which they … Continue reading The Importance of Language

Why do we learn foreign languages, or Justification for my job

I found a couple of very interesting articles the other day about language learning, and more specifically, Latin learning.  I have always been fascinated by Latin, and wished I could have learned it in school, so I was drawn to this article that said teaching Latin in school can inspire students to want to learn … Continue reading Why do we learn foreign languages, or Justification for my job