You may not be aware of the number of Swedish speakers in our area. Somehow some of them found us and we are now teaching Swedish to their children. We have had classes and camps for children's Swedish for some time now. We'd like you to meet Daniel Furberg who is one of the most active participants, via his father Robert. Daniel is also in the bilingual Spanish program at school—an incipient polyglot.
On December 13, 2010, Luciadagen [St.Lucia's Day] for Swedes, CHICLE Language Institute held its first Swedish class. Among the students present was my (then) four year old son, Daniel Furberg.
Teaching Pamela has been a new experience for us at CHICLE. We usually send our students who want intensive immersion off to some country where the language is native. We have loved having Pamela here! It is amazing to observe someone going from zero to fluency in six months. She has worked so hard. The Department of Commerce is lucky to have her.
Bonjour! Jo napot kivanok! Dobro jutro! I’m Pamela and if you have been at CHICLE during the day anytime since September, you’ve probably seen or heard me working with a very patient and very professional group of instructors trying to help me reach working fluency in French in just six months.
Meet Teresa Perez. Everything she says about Perla and Cintia as teachers is true! Both CHICLE and our students are lucky to have the teachers we have. Teresa didn't mention her involvement with NC Friends of Safe Passage, a group that recently did a Sunday presentation for us. If you don't know about Safe Passage, please visit their website. It's an amazing program with an historical connection to NC. Latino USA had a moving story about Safe Passage on their November 18th show. It's on their website as of today (2 weeks ago link) and also available as an iTunes podcast. Teresa writes:
"If you ever walk by CHICLE on Thursday morning, you might hear lots of laughter and load voices.
We recently "introduced" you to Rosemary Waldorf (who needs no introduction), one of our longer term Spanish students. One of her partners in class and crime is Lewis Greenwald. Judging by the laughter and volume, their class must be a lot of fun. Please meet Lewis.
"I'm Lewis, a retired biologist. In 1970, my wife and I received our doctorates from Duke and moved away from the Triangle for 27 years. When we retired, the Triangle seemed like the best place we could think of to retire to. It was a home-coming. We now live on a small farm in Efland, near Hillsborough.
In 1979, I received a grant to do research in New Caledonia, a French colony.
CHICLE has been blessed with some amazing student assistants over the years. We are about to lose one of the best but hoping she'll be back. Olivia was a great help with the children's program as we changed directors and had the most classes and students we have ever had. We had camps for Spanish, Portuguese, Mandarin, and French. Olivia helped with all of them.
"I just graduated from UNC in the spring with a double major in Romance Languages and
Linguistics, and was lucky enough to begin working with the children's summer camps at CHICLE directly afterward.
If you have lived in the area for any length of time, you surely already know Rosemary Waldorf. Rosemary was Mayor of Chapel Hill from 1993 to 2001 and has done a myriad of good works since then. She is currently co-chair of a committee working on Chapel Hill's comprehensive plan. Nonetheless, she devotes time to perfecting her Spanish.
"This photo catches my husband, Gary, and me at Arrowood winery and vineyards in Sonoma County. We were in the San Francisco area in April visiting our son, Alex, who works for a financial firm there. Two weeks later we were in Boston, visiting our son Ben and his wife Marci.
This month, we like you to meet one of our advanced French students, Hal Beresford. We remain in awe of our multilingual students (and teachers)! Hal is taking our advanced French conversation, that meets Tuesdays from 5:30-6:30. It has been going for years now and students can join at any time.
Hi. I work as an analyst programmer at Duke University Medical Center where I help clinical researchers collect, manage, and analyze data from their projects. In my free time, I study French, Japanese, and also Spanish. Rather than my finding those languages, they found me. I happened to land in communities where they are important and that has motivated my learning.
We'd like you to meet Tonya Smith—who provided us with our all-time favorite photo.
"Oi! ¡Hola! I’m Tonya and I’ve been a committed language student for a little over ten years now. I fell in love with Spanish in 2000 and I’m currently a Spanish teacher at the N.C. School of Science and Math in Durham. I became enamored with Portuguese while in graduate school, during my first trip to Africa in 2006. I went to Angola, a Lusophone country, and I absolutely loved it.
I’m pictured here with a life-sized statue of a palanca negra, an animal native to Angola and the symbol of the Angolan national soccer team.
This week we'd like to introduce another of our Spanish students—Pat Thompson. Pat has provided us with some wonderful photos from her travels. Her art background is reflected in her photos.
"I love learning (or trying to learn) languages. And I've needed to know at least a bit of some of them in my job. Based on my knowledge of French and italian, I tried to read Spanish on my own when doing art history research (with limited success!) Then I went to Spain with my husband and regretted not begin able to speak Spanish with a fellow librarian I met at the Prado. So, when I retired from my position as head of the Art Library at UNC in 2007, I had the time and the motivation to study Spanish formally, since it would be useful in my reading, my travels, as well as practical in the increasing "Hispanohablante" community of Chapel Hill/Carrboro.
This is a wee bit longer than our usual Meet article. But we couldn't bring ourselves to delete any of it. We hope you enjoy it!
"My name is Riëtta, I’m named after “Riëtta Cray”, one of the main suspects in a murder mystery by Patricia Wentworth. My mom read the book in Afrikaans, which is my native language.
I was born in South Africa, grew up in a conservative Afrikaans speaking neighborhood, and went to Afrikaans speaking primary, secondary and tertiary schools. English was a subject at school - 40 minutes of torture in secondary school. None of us could make sounds like “th” and “ph”, words like “thin atmosphere” were just not possible.
This week we would like to have you meet Hannah Wood, a truly assiduous Spanish student. Our Spanish program for home schooled children has grown and Hannah is the first student to "outgrow" it. Hannah has finished our adult Level Three course and will be taking Intermediate Conversation this coming session. Here's what she wants you to know about her.
"!Hola! My name is Hannah Wood. One of the most important things to know about me is that I love dragons!! I also enjoy the martial art Aikido and I love swimming! I am sixteen years old and a sophomore in high school, and I have been homeschooled for almost six years now.
Hello. We are seven years old and were born in Guatemala. Our parents adopted us when we were babies and we have lived in Chapel Hill since we were 6 months old. We are not twins (everyone asks that). We have two first languages and are now learning a third. Our parents taught us English, Mi Escuelita Spanish Immersion Preschool provided us with Spanish for the first five years of our life, and now we attend Glenwood Elementary School where we are in the Mandarin Immersion Program. We have been lucky to have excellent teachers both at Mi Escuelita and at Glenwood. Next year we will be second graders.
We started taking Spanish classes at CHICLE so we could continue to
This week we'd like you to meet one of our interns, Lindsay Miller. Lindsay and Ricki Dean have worked with us this fall, thanks to UNC's excellent student-run APPLES Service Learning program. and Darcy Lear, teacher extraordinaire. Lindsay worked with our children's Spanish program and Ricki helped us with marketing. We are very grateful for their help. Here's some information about Lindsay. She really is just a first year student, albeit an very mature one.
"I am a first year student at UNC Chapel Hill from State College, Pennsylvania. As an undecided major, my first semester on campus was all about taking courses in new and different subject matter.
"I am a software engineer living in Carrboro and working just down the hall from CHICLE. I walked by the CHICLE office many times going to work before starting classes this year.
I started taking Mandarin classes after my first trip to China this past April to meet my wife's family. I felt very welcomed in to the family but would sincerely love to be able to communicate directly rather than using my wife as a translator. I started taking classes shortly after my return. While progress has been slow, as I am starting from scratch, I have been able to say a few sentences to my mother-in-law, which I think she appreciates.
It is appropriate that our anniversary issue is also a "Meet" issue. Anahid Vrana and Barbara Harris have been taking Italian at CHICLE for a long time. They are part of the reason we're still here!
Anahid (on left of photo): I am taking Italian lessons at CHICLE because I have always wanted to be fluent in a second language and at this time in my life I have not reached that goal. I selected the Italian language for several reasons: I love opera; I am an art consultant and the history of art in the Western world is embedded in Italy; it is a playful and lyrical language—I like the way is sounds; and, lastly, I hope to visit Italy often in the future.
This week we introduce you to one of our German students, Anna Ludwig Wilson. Of course all CHICLE students are as happy as Anna is in her photo!
"I'm Anna Ludwig Wilson, a German conversation student. I studied with Barbara Roeder this year from April to June and have just started up again. As you can see from my name, I have a family connection to the German language, through my father and grandparents who were born in the German-speaking part of Switzerland.
In high school and at Berea College, I took German for my language requirement and was lucky to have excellent teachers, and a good ear and memory for the language.
Kristi Webb is another of our assiduous, multi-talented language students. She writes:
"I am a psychologist in private practice in Chapel Hill. I sing in the Chapel Hill Community Chorus and my group The Percolators performs at farmers’ markets and coffee shops, playing old-timey and gospel music. [Kristi is in the center of the photo.]
I love languages and they come easily to me. I learned French at an early age and have lived and studied in France. I am taking Spanish partly for fun, and partly because I believe it is welcoming and polite to be able to talk to the Spanish-speaking members of our community.
We have mentioned before that the number of French classes we have rivals the number of Spanish classes. We have had a group of advanced French students for years now. These are primarily people who have lived in French speaking countries or previously studied the language and want to maintain and use their language skills. Tim Williams is a member of this group.
Lately however, we also have a lot of adults who want beginning French. We now have several different levels of French, a popular French film class, a French class for home schoolers, and our advanced conversation class.
Tim Williams has been in Bernard Luscans' advanced French conversation class for six years
Today we'd like you to meet Lisa Reeves and re-meet Bernard Luscans, who first taught French with us in about the year 2000. As far as we know, this is the only wedding we can take credit for.
Lisa: "Growing up in Canada meant we had to take French in elementary school. Back in 2007 I decided that it would be nice to pick up French again, so I took a class at CHICLE. I never expected that I would fall in love with and marry my teacher, Bernard! We were married in a quiet ceremony with friends at home in front of the fireplace in February of 2009. Bernard and I live out in the countryside of Chapel Hill with our many rescued cats. I work at UNC as a statistician/project manager in research."
Tiffany's from Gaston, N.C. and she's currently in law school at NC Central. She wants to improve her Spanish because she feels that it will help her, as a lawyer, to work with the large Spanish-speaking population in the area.
Tiffany likes nature and long walks and loved Monteverde. She writes:
"I first heard of CHICLE via Google last summer and have been attached ever since. I really enjoy the small classes and ability to get a lot of practice speaking. That was my primary goal when I started here. This past Christmas season I went to Costa Rica through CHICLE as a study abroad with CPI. I had the most amazing experience.