Today I'm writing a blog post to share a testimonial, but also the learning story, from one of my first students! Randy contacted me last year, and has studied two languages just in the time I've known him. He lives halfway across the world from me in Texas. I've never even been there - thank you internet for letting me connect with great people!
Randy is testimony to the fact that no one is ever too old to learn a language, and neither do you need to get started for a big, life-changing reason. And check out that impressive list of resources this guy knows about!
Learning for a trip
"I started my studies of foreign language a bit later than most at age 56. I began my study of German in November 2009 in preparation for a trip to Germany, which included a visit to Oberammergau for the Passionsspiele 2010. I decided that if I was going to watch a play for 8 hours - all in German - that I would enjoy it more if I knew some of the language. Plus my visit to Germany would be more enjoyable if I could speak a bit of the language and read signs, menus, and the like. I purchased Rosetta Stone Deutsch (levels 1-5) and diligently began my studies, never realizing that I was starting a journey that would continue for years and not just months.
3 years later - he's still going strong
Fast forward to 2012. My wife and I have now traveled to Europe several times and I have continued my German studies. Surprisingly, I have learned that I really enjoy language studies. I've completed all Rosetta Stone has to offer for German, and I've also tried GermanPod101, Rocket German, Yabla, Deutsch Happen, Pimsleur, Fluenz German, and Michel Thomas. I've come a long way in my ability to understand and read German. I've also learned a bit of Italian for a trip to Italy in 2011. Now, we are planning a trip to Paris, France for our wedding anniversary and I decide to learn a bit of French. I'm thinking about the best way to learn and decide to try the combination I've come to like the most - Rosetta Stone for Vocabulary and Michel Thomas for grammar. But I realize that time is short and that even with my best efforts, I still seem to come up short in my efforts to speak in another language.
Bringing in the online language teacher
That's when I came across an advertisement online for Fluent Language Tuition. Wow! A teacher who will essentially come to me online! This is to good to be true. I wonder if this is what I have been missing in my search for a way to get over that hurdle to speaking a foreign language. So, I send an email to Kerstin and I receive a prompt response. We set up a time for my free first lesson and it's a success! Yes! This is just what I've been looking for. For the next couple of months, we focus mainly on French and I am very pleased with the progress I make in fairly short time. In January, we agree that it's time to switch to German. We have yet another trip to Germany planned and this time I'm going to be ready!
It's now April 2013 and, with Kerstin's assistance, I am finally starting to speak German! I am extremely pleased with Kerstin as a language tutor. She is providing me one on one language lessons - including the chance to practice my speaking and writing - online, on a weekly basis. We use FaceTime and Google Docs (and occasionally Skype when FaceTime is uncooperative) to communicate between Lancaster, England, and Houston, Texas. She comes up with creative ways for me to learn, and pushes me when I need pushing. I am learning and making progress and I am excited about it!
Try it for yourself
I would highly recommend Kerstin and Fluent Language Tuition to anyone who is serious about language learning. The first lesson is free and her fees are reasonable. Go ahead. Send that email or get in touch with Kerstin. What do you have to lose by taking the opportunity to spend a fun hour with an excellent language tutor?
You can read more from Randy on the Fluent blog in his Rosetta Stone review.