I’m Tanner, an American ESL professional, linguist, aspiring polyglot, writer, traveler, omnivore, and b-rated sci-fi movie critic.
I write about language learning and teaching. I’ve been learning languages my whole life (7 and counting).
- English (native) – 25 years
- Spanish (sparked an obsession) 18 years
- Arabic (ahlan wa sahlan) 2 years
- German (ich bin oft bier trinken) 1 year
- Portuguese (ou Portuñol) 6 months-ish
- Czech (Chtěl bych mít další pivo prosím) 4 months/current
- Lithuanian (Laba diena Monstervillage) 1 month
During my Master’s studies, I blended the fields of Language Learning Strategies, Bilingualism, andLangauge Acquisition to uncover great methods for obtaining your language goals. Prior to my Master’s degree, I obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Spanish and Middle Eastern Studies.
I hope you find what I have to share to be helpful in your learning journey, and feel free to contact me with any questions.
For the most part, my experiences with language acquisition and learning have developed throughout my teenage and adult years. As a child, I briefly lived in the Holland but now only remember a select few Dutch words and a milk song… not super useful.
I started Spanish in an elementary summer school after moving back to the United States. All I learned in that Spanish class were “Penguino” (Penguin) and “Tuxedo” (Tuxedo). I was in no way a language learning expert growing up. Languages have been something that I’ve had to work at and really think about in order to streamline the process.
I struggled with Spanish in middle school. However, high school changed that (#hotspanishteacherftw). ACTUALLY I changed the way I thought about learning languages. Since then I’ve studied numerous languages.
I began teaching English in college and have since taught a very diverse demographic. I’ve taught children, teens, adults, online and in-person, casual learners, refugees, university students, business professionals, and more. All of these experiences have given me some insight and experience in the ESL field.