Vincent D.


New York, NY
Hometown: Brooklyn, New York

Member since:

April 20, 2013

What is your native language?


What other languages do you speak or have studied in the past? For example, speaking another language at home, having lived in another country or having studied a language in school.

German, French, and Spanish with fluency. I have also studied Italian, Dutch, Swedish, Portuguese, and Russian, but with varying degrees of residual rustiness. My DML degree (Doctor of Modern Languages) from Middlebury is in German and French, although I learned Spanish before French. For my MA I studied a year in Germany, and have taken summer language courses in the local language in France, Spain, Sweden, Austria (for German), Austria (for Russian), Mexico, as well as in the U.S.

What languages are you currently ACTIVELY studying and would like to practice and work on? Meaning you are taking a class, bought a book/cd or doing online study.

I am not actively studying any new ones, but would like to practice particularly German and French, and perhaps remove some rust from the others. I have written articles on my website about the Japanese, Chinese, and Korean writing systems, although I do not speak those languages. I have also written about the Cyrillic alphabet, with learning hints for travelers, and a bit about the Greek alphabet and Turkish writing system, although I don't speak those either. One needn't speak a language to find it interesting.

Are you willing to help others learn your native language as well? This means spending 1/4th of your time at an event helping others with your language.


How did you find out about us? NOTE: You must include a name, a real photo (no pets or art) and fill out the entire profile to be accepted, without them you will be automatically declined.

At a Middlebury College Language Schools function through Allan Chin and Mykhaylo Bonovskyy.


I am an essayist for my website,, which describes my experiences in extensive world travel as they are influenced by languages. I taught languages on the secondary level for 28 years.

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