Welcome to My Blog!

Hola, أهلا, Hej, 你好, Haloo, שלום, Bonjour, Guten Tag, 안녕하세요, Buongiorno,

こんにちは, Hallo, Olá, привет, and finally, Hello!

My name is Zvi “Eduardo” Geffen and I am the Village Program Rep for Concordia Language Villages.  I travel the around the Twin Cities and all over the country visiting classes, attending conferences and special events, and getting the word out about our amazing programs.  I love languages and cultures and feel that without appreciation for cultural diversity, the world would be a pretty bland place.  I hope to meet with you soon!

Hasta luego,

~Zvi

Sami People of Northern Norway Look to Israel to Save their Language

As languages evolve, several are also on the brink of extinction. There are certain languages and dialects that only have a handful of native speakers left. Take the case of the Sami, an ethnic group that make their homes well north of the Arctic Circle, including Norway, Sweden, Finland and Russia. The Sami cling to […]

Cincuenta Años de Gloria

Hola, amiguitos! This summer, we have a fiesta that is going to be muy grande and will bring alumni, staff, and villagers together.  Our Spanish village, El Lago del Bosque, is turning 50!  From July 13-15 this summer, anybody who has a connection to the village, whether they attended for one year or ten, is […]

The Benefits of Bilingualism

Howdy, You’ve probably all heard by now about the benefits of learning a foreign language.  Not only can you start recognizing how to communicate in another language, but it serves as a window to other cultures.  Did you know there are several other positive scientific attributes to picking up foreign languages?  Recent studies have mapped […]

El Blog

Hola amiguitos! Did you know that learning a foreign language is key to becoming a super braniac?  Studies have shown that the younger one learns a foreign tongue, the more likely they are to excel in other academic areas as well.  In fact, recent studies have shown that babies who are exposed to different languages […]

Fiddle Me This

Hej everyone! No, that’s not a typo.  Pronounced just like the English ‘hey’, it means ‘hello’ in Swedish.  I was lucky enough to bear witness to the finest Swedish fiddling this side of Stockholm at the 20th annual Spelmanstämma, commonly known as a fiddlers gathering.  Musicians of all ages came to the Gammelgården, which is […]