Foreign Language Learning: Attending a Live Classroom vs. Using a Software Program

Being a foreign language teacher, I am frequently asked to give my opinion of the many software programs available for foreign language learning. These are my thoughts on the subject. Foreign Language Learning: PACING  Yes, it’s true that software programs allow you to go at your own pace, but if you’re like most of us, […]

Can Studying a Foreign Language Improve SAT/ACT Scores?

Can studying a foreign language improve SAT/ACT scores? Jawohl!  Klaro!  Bien sûr!   If you have homeschoolers in middle school, chances are you have the SAT or ACT exams on a back burner. Now is the time to start preparing them by including a foreign language in their educational program! Why a foreign language?  Studies […]

Excelsior Classes Prepares Students for CLEP Exams

Last summer, one of my German students, Elijah, took and passed the German CLEP exam, albeit on the second try. The first time, he did not tell me he was taking the exam. Otherwise, I would have helped him prepare. His mother tells the story: We have such good news to share! After a longer […]

Umlauts: What’s the Deal with the Two Dots?

  Have you ever seen German words with two dots over some of the letters? Are they really necessary or do they just make a heavy-metal band name look cool, like Mötley Crüe and Motörhead? It’s doubtful these bäd böys actually knew whät they were döing when ädding ümläüts tö their bänd nämes. Umlauts do, […]

Five Common Pitfalls for English Speakers Learning Spanish to Avoid

Five Common Pitfalls for English Speakers Learning Spanish to Avoid English speakers encounter many pitfalls when they are learning Spanish. Below are five of the most common ones. El día, el problema not la día, la problema The often-repeated phrase ‘no problemo’ is actually incorrect Spanish. The correct thing to say is ‘no hay problema.’ […]