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Strommen Student Spotlight – Ani

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

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!

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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?

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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

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