SAGA will be held again at 6 p.m. on January 30th. As we prepare for this year’s event, we’re searching for new storytellers. Do you have a story of how language has transformed your life? We’d love to hear it!
In in her interview two years ago, Liz had all the excitement of a student who’s recently returned from a study abroad trip. She spoke hopefully, if timidly, of her new dreams for the future, inspired by the research process she had begun while living in Jaipur, India. And lying just under the surface of the dreams she shared was the hint of another passion: art.
One word continued to resurface as Hannah described her first personal encounters with a foreign language: disconnected. Though she’d taken Spanish classes in high school, she hadn’t learned much. Coming from a small town, she says, the skill just wasn’t valued highly, and the class was seen as a blow-off.
When I reached out to Austin Kaufmann about an interview for our blog, he wasn’t sure he had a story we would want to publish, one that highlighted the transformative power of a language learning experience. He certainly had experience with languages, spending time living in Lithuania, Kyrgyzstan, and Korea. His concern, however, was that since living in these countries, he had an experience shared by many learners: the saying preached by language teachers everywhere, “If you don’t use it, you lose it,” became true for Austin.