Modern Languages, Literatures & Cultures

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Emma Thompson, CIEE Global Institute- Berlin, Germany

Emma Thompson Junior CIEE Global Institute – Berlin, Germany Majors: Psychological Science | Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies I was fortunate enough to have had the opportunity to study abroad in Berlin, Germany this past spring semester. I spent my time there with the Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE). They offer semester long programs […]

Prof. Kyoore, Folktales in French

Prof. Paschal Kyoore has just published a collection of folktales and legends in French: “Contes et légendes dagara: Ghana”.  Paris: L’Harmattan.

Chinese Culture Event, Monday, November 13th

Please come to join us to learn trade and cultural exchanges along the Silk Road from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Nov. 13th ( Monday)  with Brian and Eri, the Minneapolis Institute of Arts Museum’s special-tour guides. Poster can be viewed here: Brian talk ad

Interesting things about the French Language

I’ve found this article about varieties of the French Language. Some of you may find it interesting. There are also links to other pages to help you with French. Say Bonjour to 7 Different Types of French Spoken Today! Real posts by professors should be back the week after this one.

Some History of the Japanese Writing System

If you are studying modern Japanese, you are familiar with the phonetic kana writing system. What you might not be aware of, is that the orthography used today was put into use as recently as 1946. Before then, kana spelling was much more irregular (think of English spelling versus pronunciation), since the same spelling had […]

Emily Odermatt, Senior, IES Abroad, Metropolitan Studies: Berlin, Germany

Studying in Berlin Germany was such an amazing experience that allowed me to grow in so many ways. Though I picked the program in Berlin, before I got there I really had no idea what to expect. But I was amazed as I pulled up in the train and I had my first glimpse of […]

Selim Toth, German TA

Hallo zusammen, I’m Selim Toth from Berlin, and am the German TA at Gustavus this year. I will help and support you throughout your studies of my interesting yet difficult native language. If you have any questions, feel free to email me or come by my office in Confer 124. I obtained my B.A. in […]

Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival

Mid-Autumn Festival is a traditional Chinese festival with a history of more than 2000 years. Mid-Autumn Festival falls on the 15 th of the eighth lunar month. This year’s Mid-Autumn Festival falls on October 4 th , 2017. Ancient Chinese believe that July, August, and September are Autumn months. Therefore, the 15 th of the […]

Prof. Carlos Mejía, Spanish

¡Bienvenidos a un año más! As a faculty member of Modern Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, I’d like to welcome everyone to another year here, up the hill. I graduated in 2010 from the University of Iowa with a PhD degree in Spanish (Spanish American Literature track). Since then I have devoted my professional career to […]

Sarah Jones-Boardman, New French Instructor

Bonjour! My name is Sarah Jones-Boardman. I completed my B.A. in French and Psychology and my M.A. in French at University of Minnesota where I am currently finishing my PhD on Francophone African literature. I am a Minnesota native, born and raised in St. Paul. In fact, my family has lived in Saint Paul since […]