About Me

 

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I am a lawyer by profession and a linguist at heart. I lived and worked most of my life in New York City and have worked for both international clients and global companies.

Thanks to my multilingual upbringing, I acquired an ear for languages at an early age, and as a result developed a long-standing interest in the study of languages and cultures.

As a high school student, I was an officer of the Italian Club and tutored Italian students.

As a college student, I attended programs at Universidad del Salvador in Buenos Aires as well as Sapienza Università di Roma. During my junior year in college, I participated in the prestigious, year-long internship at the United Nations in New York City. In my spare time, I studied German at the Goethe-Institut, Italian at the Accademia Dante Alighieri and Japanese at the Japanese Cultural Center.

I received training in teaching English as a Second Language at ICANA (Instituto Cultural Argentino Norteamericano) in Argentina where I taught advanced English to corporate and business students.

After law school, I furthered my language skills and took Spanish for Lawyers at the Queen Sofía Spanish Institute and French at Baruch College of Continuing Education.

As an attorney, I gained invaluable experience in understanding the business culture and protocols of the regions of the world I traveled to. I further enriched my knowledge of languages and cultures by traveling extensively around Europe and South America.

As a mother of two, I have garnered a wealth of knowledge and practical experience in the area of early language development and language acquisition

Most recently, I received training as a Literacy Tutor. Through personalized instruction, I assist Literacy Nassau as a volunteer in opening doors to opportunity and success for adults who seek help with reading, writing or speaking English.

I am genuinely interested in sharing my knowledge and experience with bilingual, multilingual and monolingual parents who would like their children to embrace, learn and speak a second or third language and who want to provide their children an enriching, positive and fun experience that they will carry with them throughout their school years and beyond.

 

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One thought on “About Me

  1. Frances – “a lawyer by profession and a linguist by heart” – that’s me, too! I stopped practising law before my daughter was born and have since found a truer calling as a coach / therapist and home-educator, and I know without a shadow of doubt that if I had my time again I would have studied languages at Oxford, instead of law! I am so inspired by reading of all your linguistic experience.

    My 11 year old’s ambition is to become a polygot and to raise bilingual (‘or trilingual’ children). I try not to dwell on how far away this ambition might have her living! In the meantime my 10 year old son has just started teaching himself Japanese using Gabriel Wyner’s ‘Fluent Forever’ system. I’m not sure how far he’ll get, but he’ll learn something in his efforts, no matter what!

    I’m very happy to have refound your blog. 🙂

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