Embracing Adventure “Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.” ~~Hellen Keller

Category Archives: A Lifetime Of Learning

Since I have quite a bit of learning going on between grad school, Coursera classes, learning languages, learning to play guitar, and have the ambition to learn more things as life goes on, this will be the category for those things.

Travel Confessions (& Some Tips)

Katrin at Land of Candy Canes tagged me in her Travel Confessions post. Now, it’s my turn to confess. Here’s how to participate: 1. Post a photo (or photos) and description(s) of your confession(s) in a new post. 2. Tweet your post with hashtag #TravelConfession and follow/tweet @Traveling9to5 3. Tag 3-5 Read more →

German Demystified Didn’t Entirely Demystify German For Me, But It Did Help

In early February, I checked a book out of the library called German Demystified: A Self-Teaching Guide. While I wouldn’t say it entirely demystified German for me, it was helpful review in the beginning and helpful learning toward the middle. Since I checked the book out of the library, I used Read more →

Getting Language Lesson Podcasts from LanguagePod101.com

I’d planned to resume working out of Schaum’s German Grammar on the flight to Germany. Instead, my only German practice on the flight was playing some Berlitz Word Traveler for German. I could have worked on it in temporary housing, but  the closest I got was watching some shows and Read more →

Learning Styles and Learning a Language

Before I started Chapter 2 of Schaum’s German Grammar, I took a free learning styles inventory to determine my learning styles. This was recommended in a post in Laurel’s blog Expat in Germany. While I suspected what my learning styles would be, it was interesting to see the breakdown. Each Read more →

Apple is Masculine, Butter is Feminine, and the American is Confused

I finally started working through Schaum’s German Grammar (Fourth Edition) on October 15th and completed Chapter 1 “The Sounds of German: A Key to German Pronunciation.” I remembered most of the alphabet pronunciation from the German classes I took in high school and recent attempts at refreshing my memory, and Read more →

Es Tut Mir Leid, Mein Deutsch Ist Nicht Sehr Gut (I’m Sorry, My German Is Not Very Good)

As I mentioned in my first post, I took four years of German in high school. Unfortunately, my first three years, Frau S. gave free time to play Euchre or engage in other activities more often than she administered assignments. What she did teach mostly focused on vocabulary lists rather Read more →

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