Language Blog

Strommen Student Spotlight – Ani

 

Ani is a World-Traveler, Volleyball Player and a great French Student with Strommen.

Eifel Tower

Ani in Paris!

Our language students are the best and they deserve to be highlighted. In our new section, Strommen Student Spotlights, we will ask our best students a few fun questions and  let them take it away from there. Thanks for letting us help you achieve your language goals and for sharing your story Ani!

PLEASE TELL US A LITTLE BIT ABOUT WHO YOU ARE?

ANI – MY NAME IS ANI AND I AM FIFTEEN YEARS OLD. I ATTEND SCHOOL, HAVE A LITTLE SISTER, PLAY VOLLEYBALL, AND LIKE TO READ.

HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN IN LA?

ANI – I’VE LIVED IN LOS ANGELES ALL MY LIFE

WHAT LANGUAGE ARE YOU LEARNING AND WHY DID YOU START LEARNING IT?

I AM LEARNING FRENCH AND I STARTED LEARNING IT BECAUSE I HAVE WANTED TO FOR A VERY LONG TIME. I HAVE ALWAYS LIKED SUCH A PRETTY LANGUAGE.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE RESTAURANT RELATED TO THE LANGUAGE YOU ARE STUDYING?

ANI – CAFE BEAUJOLAIS IS MY FAVORITE!

Screen Shot 2016-08-26 at 3.42.11 PM

Volubilis ruins in Morroco

ANY ADVICE FOR OTHER STUDENTS NEW TO THE LANGUAGE?

ANI – IT IS TOUGH IN THE BEGINNING BUT IF YOU STICK TO IT YOU WILL LEARN SOON ENOUGH!

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE WORD IN THE LANGUAGE YOU ARE STUDYING AND WHY?

ANI – MY FAVORITE WORD IS UNE FLEUR (FLOWER) BECAUSE IT WAS THE FIRST WORD I EVER LEARNED IN FRENCH BESIDES “BONJOUR”.

WHO IS YOUR TEACHER?

ANI – SYBELINE IS MY FRENCH TEACHER

WHAT HAS HE/SHE HELPED YOU WITH THE MOST?

ANI – SHE’S DEFINITELY HELPED THE MOST WITH PRONUNCIATION

HAVE YOU ALMOST REACHED YOUR GOALS? OR DO YOU STILL HAVE A WAY TO GO?

ANI – I STILL HAVE A WAY TO GO!

WHAT DO YOU STRUGGLE WITH THE MOST?

Screen Shot 2016-08-26 at 3.43.14 PM

Morroco

ANI – THE GRAMMAR IS A LITTLE CONFUSING TO ME.

WHAT PART OF THE LANGUAGE ARE YOU THE BEST AT?

ANI – I’D SAY I’M BEST AT REMEMBERING VOCABULARY

WHAT ARE YOUR PRIVATE CLASSES LIKE?

ANI – I DO PRIVATE CLASSES WITH JUST ME AND THE TEACHER AND IT FEELS VERY PRODUCTIVE BECAUSE WE FOCUS ON WHAT MY WEAKNESSES ARE AND IMPROVE THEM ONE-ON-ONE.

HAVE YOU TRIED OTHER METHODS FOR LEARNING?

ANI – I HAVE TRIED THE APP DUO-LINGO.

HAS STUDYING A LANGUAGE WITH STROMMEN HELPED YOU IN LIFE OR WORK?

ANI – IT HAS HELPED ME DISCIPLINE MYSELF FOR SCHOOL.

ARE YOU INTERESTED IN ANY OTHER LANGUAGES, OR DO YOU SPEAK ANY OTHERS ALREADY?

ANI – I AM FLUENT IN ARMENIAN.

WHAT WAS YOUR FAVORITE TRIP ABROAD (OR IN THE US)?

ANI – I WOULD HAVE TO SAY MY FAVORITE TRIPS WERE TO FRANCE, GREECE, ITALY, AND MOROCCO.

DO YOU EVER GET A CHANCE TO PRACTICE OUTSIDE OF CLASS? WHEN AND WHERE?

ANI – I PRACTICE WITH MY DUO LINGO APP.

ANY FUNNY/INTERESTING STORIES ABOUT LEARNING OR SPEAKING YOUR LANGUAGE?

ANI – IT WAS VERY INTERESTING TO ME BECAUSE MANY FRENCH WORDS WERE USED IN THE ARMENIAN LANGUAGE. EACH TIME I WOULD COME ACROSS A FAMILIAR WORD I FELT ONE STEP AHEAD