Student Blogs

The following blog posts are syndicated from recent Speedwell AFS Scholars who are currently studying abroad. These blogs currently include:

christinathepolyglot , GER , 2013
Janae Taft , FRA , 2016
Julia McIntosh , ITA , 2016
Naomi Rohrbaugh , ITA , 2016

How Do You Say ‘Ghoti’?

January 13, 2016
Author: 
christinathepolyglot

The English language is definitely a complex language to learn. For us native speakers, it may not seem so since we’ve been learning it since we were born. However if you look more closely at English words and even pronunciations, you’ll understand why English is so difficult to learn for non native speakers.

If I gave you the word ‘ghoti’, how would you pronounce it? Perhaps like [go-tee] or [guo-tee].

So I have been in my new host family for 2 weeks now. I LOVE IT SO MUCH HERE! Here I am treated with...

January 6, 2016

So I have been in my new host family for 2 weeks now. I LOVE IT SO MUCH HERE! Here I am treated with respect and like I am a human being. I have a dad, mom, brother, and 2 sisters. I could not have asked for anything better on exchange. It is one of the best things that has happened to me while being on exchange.

Also my German has been improving a lot. Compared to when I first got here I am doing well. I could not even talk/understand anyone when talking. I even studied for 2 months before I left my home country.

So I have been in my new host family for 2 weeks now. I LOVE IT SO MUCH HERE! Here I am treated with...

January 6, 2016

So I have been in my new host family for 2 weeks now. I LOVE IT SO MUCH HERE! Here I am treated with respect and like I am a human being. I have a dad, mom, brother, and 2 sisters. I could not have asked for anything better on exchange. It is one of the best things that has happened to me while being on exchange.

Also my German has been improving a lot. Compared to when I first got here I am doing well. I could not even talk/understand anyone when talking. I even studied for 2 months before I left my home country.

The Land of the Rising Sun

December 20, 2015
Author: 
christinathepolyglot

In less than  one week, I will be going on my next adventure to-if you didn’t get it from the title-Japan!

Japan is also known as the Land of the Rising Sun since the Kanji (Chinese characters) for Japan-日本 (Nihon/Nippon)– literally means  “the sun’s origin. Then from “the sun’s origin” translates to “The Land of the Rising Sun. Also in the national flag of Japan, officially known as 日章旗 (Nisshoki), has a red circle representing the sun in the center of a white background.

A quick update.

December 8, 2015

So I am going to be switching families in the next week. I could not take the stress and sadness that my last host family was bringing to me. Always insulting me, saying things like I’m rude and comments about my perfume, clothes, and hair. I don’t want to be sad my whole exchange year so I am therefore switching. I deserve to be happy and have a family that will treat me well.

A quick update.

December 8, 2015

So I am going to be switching families in the next week. I could not take the stress and sadness that my last host family was bringing to me. Always insulting me, saying things like I’m rude and comments about my perfume, clothes, and hair. I don’t want to be sad my whole exchange year so I am therefore switching. I deserve to be happy and have a family that will treat me well.

Christkinglemarkt 2015.

December 8, 2015



Christkinglemarkt 2015.

Christkinglemarkt 2015.

December 8, 2015



Christkinglemarkt 2015.

This weekend I visited the Wiener Walt. I spent 2 and a half...

October 28, 2015



This weekend I visited the Wiener Walt. I spent 2 and a half hours walking all the way home. It was super gorgeous. I love Fall.

This weekend I visited the Wiener Walt. I spent 2 and a half...

October 28, 2015



This weekend I visited the Wiener Walt. I spent 2 and a half hours walking all the way home. It was super gorgeous. I love Fall.

My 17th Birthday

October 28, 2015

My day had started off and I was not having a good day at all. I was in such a bad mood. But something happened that totally changed my day. One of my classmates baked and brought me a cake! I honestly was super surprised. I had no idea it was coming. But the thing that stood out to me the most was the fact that the cake had candles that were lit. In the U.S., this would never happen. After I blew them out my friend lit them again during the lesson and I didn’t blow them out for the second time until like 15 minutes.

My 17th Birthday

October 28, 2015

My day had started off and I was not having a good day at all. I was in such a bad mood. But something happened that totally changed my day. One of my classmates baked and brought me a cake! I honestly was super surprised. I had no idea it was coming. But the thing that stood out to me the most was the fact that the cake had candles that were lit. In the U.S., this would never happen. After I blew them out my friend lit them again during the lesson and I didn’t blow them out for the second time until like 15 minutes.