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Continued: Bone up for a bon voyage

  • Article by: KATY READ , Star Tribune
  • Last update: April 22, 2014 - 2:36 PM

“I’ve let go of the expectation of being bilingual unless you’re immersed in it and hearing it all the time,” she said. But she can now read simple books in Norwegian. In addition to being a treasured connection to her family’s past, Manderscheid figures studying a language is good for her. “It’s probably good for my brain, I hope. It’s really good for my soul and my outlook on life.”

Katy Read • 612-673-4583

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  • Tom Anderson and Kathryn Hagen street in Mijas, one of the region’s beautiful white cities, during an evening cultural field trip.

  • Kathy Manderscheid at the Jormeland farm site in Norway.

  • Where to learn a language locally

    Online options for language learning abound — Rosetta Stone is perhaps the best known — but you can also take advantage of the many local opportunities to learn at least a few phrases before you travel to a new place. Your choices include everything from conversation circles in Swedish to book clubs in French to a family immersion weekend in Korean.

    Here is a sampling of the possibilities:

    Concordia Language Villages (1-800-222-4750; www.concordia languagevillages.org) offers immersion programs in more than a dozen languages for children and adults, with locations in northern Minnesota and Marine on St. Croix.

    The Swedish Institute in Minneapolis (612-871-4907; www.asimn.org) offers adult Swedish classes of all levels.

    Kids and adults can attend French classes at the Alliance Française (612-332-0436; www.afmsp.org), also in Minneapolis.

    The University Language Center in Edina (952-224-5600 or 1-800-798-6032; www.ulanguage.com) offers classes and private instruction in several languages for adults and children.

    If you’re going to Deutschland, you can brush up on your German at the Germanic-American Institute in St. Paul (651-222-7027; www.gai-mn.org).

    Going to a Spanish-speaking country ? Options for classes include the Spanish Institute in Edina (952-933-9940; www.spanishin.us) and Global Citizens Network in Minneapolis (612-436-8270; www.globalcitizens.org), both offering all levels of instruction.

    CATHERINE PREUS

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