New York, NYUSA
Hometown: Brooklyn, New York
April 20, 2013
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.
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.
At a Middlebury College Language Schools function through Allan Chin and Mykhaylo Bonovskyy.
I am an essayist for my website, Travelanguist.com, which describes my experiences in extensive world travel as they are influenced by languages. I taught languages on the secondary level for 28 years.