Some Thoughts on Language “Fluency”

Un camino lindo en Mindo (Ecuador)

“So how many languages do you speak?” It’s a question I get quite often, and it’s one that deserves a lot more nuance than a one-word response. Having grown up as a monolingual in a household of multiple languages, I’ve always been fascinated by the concept of multilingualism, to speak two, three, or even an… Continue reading Some Thoughts on Language “Fluency”

Year of the Dragon: My 2024 New Year Language Goals

To celebrate the Year of the Dragon, our Chinese Language Program had a few activities such as 書法 (Chinese calligraphy) workshop. Here’s my attempt at this symbol for this year’s zodiac animal.

Happy Year of the Dragon! Six months in Taiwan have flown by, and I’ve done a lot of reflecting about what my 2024 new year language goals are. When it comes to language learning, I’ll be focusing on four of them — one that is relatively new, and three that I’ve been working on for… Continue reading Year of the Dragon: My 2024 New Year Language Goals

A Beginner’s Resource Guide to Less Commonly Taught Languages

In my various attempts at trying to acquire less commonly taught languages (LCTLs), one of the biggest challenges I’ve faced is knowing where and how to find the resources to begin. If you’re looking to learn an LCTL but don’t know where to start, this page is for you. The National Council of Less Commonly… Continue reading A Beginner’s Resource Guide to Less Commonly Taught Languages

Doing the Distance DELTA: My Yearlong Journey to Power-Up my Teaching Practice

I haven’t had much time to write here recently, and part of that is due to the Distance DELTA. Just this past month, I’ve gone to the moon and back with teacher development. I video-recorded three of my lessons for feedback from a teacher trainer; submitted detailed lesson plans including aims, objectives, and assessments; wrote… Continue reading Doing the Distance DELTA: My Yearlong Journey to Power-Up my Teaching Practice

The 5 Principles for Learning a Language Effectively

“The Little Prince” by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry: Original French (right), Bamanakan translation (left)

How do you learn a language effectively? Language learning is one of my greatest passions in life. Up to this point, I’ve studied 13 languages, and I’ve used two of them at a high communicative level. Even though I can’t claim near-native fluency in any of them (yet), I’m happy to say that learning a… Continue reading The 5 Principles for Learning a Language Effectively

My 2021-2022 Individualized Development Plan (IDP): Mid-term Update

Quartier France, Grand Bassam, Côte d’Ivoire

There were a lot of reasons why I didn’t want to start a blog, and a lot of those reasons had to do with fear. I was afraid that my ideas or experiences would be attacked. I was afraid of putting in all of the work for very little in return. I was afraid that… Continue reading My 2021-2022 Individualized Development Plan (IDP): Mid-term Update

My 2021-2022 Individualized Development Plan Goals

In August 2021, a couple of friends and I got together to complete an Individualized Development Plan (IDP)— a tool that helps you plan short- and long-term goals in your life. From our many meetings of reflection and feedback, I boiled my interests down to five focused goals I wanted to accomplish during my fellowship… Continue reading My 2021-2022 Individualized Development Plan Goals