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This is Kate from conversationswithkat.net inviting you to join us and improve your listening
comprehension while you learn from conversations with my guests from all over the world. I created
this podcast for English language learners who want to stress less and become more confident when
speaking in English.
OK. so Kirstin, it’s great to have you on the show again. And I’m getting ready to interview some of
my friends from around the world but before I do that I thought it would be good for you to go ahead
and interview me so that I can feel what that’s like.
Absolutely! Plus your listeners need to know who you are and why you’re so interested in language and
why you do what you do. You know, that you teach English is the second language you try to teach it
in a stress free way and make people more comfortable with communicating and and I needed her
So, let’s have a go of it. What’s your first question?
When did you get interested in language? Where was that born. Where did that come from?
I think it really happened when I first went abroad and I was an exchange student for a summer. And
it was total German immersion because my host family didn’t speak any English. And I was totally
freaked out at first because I didn’t understand anything but because I stuck with it and because I had
a fabulous host family it became just so exciting to be able to communicate with them and to
understand them. . . how their culture was different and how much we were the same.
I think it was just that whole experience of going abroad. Because when I came back it was my senior
year and I had been studying German for a while but I actually got to put it to use in real life. And
then when I did. . when I went to college I wanted to be an interpreter a translator. I just had such a
rush being an exchange student that I wanted to do more of that and so I thought what career could
And I only knew about interpreters and translators and I didn’t know too much about those but I just
said, I’m going to go to college and I’m going to study other languages. So I signed up for Spanish
first, not really knowing. . . well because I tested out of German. I knew enough so that I had to take
a test and I tested out. I really didn’t have to take any more German but they put me in a literature
course which was probably a mistake because I should have had more advanced grammar.
So, I was taking an advanced German course and then I signed up for Spanish but I got waitlisted so
they put me in French and it was French immersion and I was in this class with people who had had
four years of French in high school so I was the “deer in the headlights” again.
I didn’t understand anything but I just was so determined that I stayed with it even though my French
teacher was very hard on me. Because I was so nervous, I would answer in German and she did not
like the German language. She didn’t like Germans. She never learned my name. She was very
unhappy with me. I stuck it out every day. Intensive French for a whole year. I have to say that it was
not a great experience and I didn’t continue to do languages because it really discouraged me.
But I never lost the love. So I graduated with a degree in art and education and then I decided to get a
job teaching and had the opportunity to do it in Austria.
So straight out of college, there I was in another German-speaking country using my language and
meeting people from all over the world because the people that I was teaching that first year were kids
who were in high school. Their parents were working in the Saudi oil fields. So they had a home base
in Saudi Arabia. They didn’t want their kids to go to school there. So they sent them to this private
school in Austria. It was a boarding school. And they were coming from Australia, from Iran, from
Canada. . . lots from the US. We had, you know, a wonderful gal from England. And so I was
meeting people from all over the world and we also had teachers who were coming from all over the
world. One was native Austrian. One was from Scotland. One was from South Africa. And I so I just
loved interacting with people from around the world. It was great.
And you’ve come full circle since that first year out of college interacting with people from all over
the world again.
Yes. It’s what you can do after you go into semi-retirement and the kids are launched and you have
more time to yourself. It’s when you go back and you say, “well who am I? What do I really love? And
yeah, I’m doing what I always wanted to do as a young kid so it’s fantastic.
And so, since then I studied Spanish because where I live now we have many, many Spanish speakers.
And in my classes, when I was teaching in the public school. I was in a school where we had about
half of the kids who were Spanish speakers. So I took a year of intensive Spanish and I’ve been
studying Polish on my own since I’ve been in Poland the last two summers. And after the last election,
I decided I would study Arabic because I wanted to really understand that part of the world. And I
wanted to meet the only Muslim woman in my community. So I took an Arabic class from her.
Oh, fantastic. So you know, a double. . . bonus-bonus, win-win. You got to meet her and she’s
Not only Arabic but belly dancing. So, what I love is learning about the people, the culture, and the
Well that’s just marvelous.
But it’s really only now that I’m devoting much more time to languages. In fact, it was so fun. Last
week I was enrolled in the first ever Women’s Online Language Summit – Women in Language, and
interacting with women from all over the world who are learning and teaching different languages.
And it is just so amazing what the Internet has brought to us as far as the ability to connect and find
resources to learn what you want to do. So, yes you know the social media and internet can be
isolating, I guess. But for me it’s been a great connector.
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When did you first take an interest in other languages than your own?
Why did you decide to improve your English?
Have you ever felt like a “deer in the headlights”? If so, describe what happened.
If you could pursue any of your interests without worrying about time or money, what would you
• marvelous – amazing, awesome
Collocations, expressions, idioms, or
• lets have a go of it – let’s try it
• such a rush – such a feeling of excitement
• deer in the headlights – the feeling of being
stopped in your tracks, unable to move because
you are so confused or stunned
• to come full circle – to come back to where
• the kids are launched – the kids are grown,
out of the house and on their own