The Greatest Christmas Record Yo...

It’s that time of year again. You get in the car, you turn on the radio, and your favorite station has switched to all Christmas all the time. It’s the same songs every year, over and over and over again. You can’t escape it. It’s everywhere. This year I bring to you some good news – there’s great Christmas music out there, and I me...

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What is the Basque Country?

Since we are on our way there next year I thought it would be a good idea to give you a little more information about our destination. The Basque Country sits on the Bay of Biscay, mostly in Spain but also in France as you can see on the map above. We’ll spend the majority of our time on the Spanish side but will head over to France on the final ...

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Student Spotlight: The Most Inte...

For the past 10 years I’ve been working with a German company called PFAFF Molds and during that time I have had the opportunity to meet some truly interesting people.  One of them is Vesna Hoerr. She’s from Croatia, likes to fly planes, was trained as an aircraft mechanic, speaks 4 languages, and isn’t afraid of anything as far as I can tel...

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Sorry Apple, we’re through

A few weeks ago I did the unthinkable – I gave up my iPhone and switched to an Android Phone. I realize that in the grand scheme of things this is no big deal, but we use these devices everyday and spend what amounts to a lot of time on them so I thought it was worth telling my story. I remember the first time I saw an iPhone way back in the summ...

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Student Spotlight: Matt Yarmey &...

Matt Yarmey has been taking Spanish classes at the Language Academy since September 2017. Somewhere along the way we found out that he was the owner of a craft coffee business in Charlotte called so I decided to talk to him about his business and his experience with his classes. If you are interested in finding out more about what Matt does you can...

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Making Connections: Josh Villapa...

If you’ve ever been to the 7th Street Market in Uptown Charlotte, you’ve surely seen Josh Villapando working the counter at the Assorted Table Wine Shoppe. I first met Josh when he worked at the Common Market and over the years we’ve become friends. We have done a number of events with him including The Language Academy’s 10th anniversary p...

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Making Connections: Elaine Tolbe...

I adore Elaine Tolbert. She is everything that you could possibly want in an English teacher. She’s smart, funny, empathetic and very professional in the way she deals with clients. She also loves auto racing. I’ll be watching a race at home on the weekend and Elaine will message me live videos from the stands. What’s not to love about...

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Making Connections: Alex Vigo

For the most recent installment of our Making Connections series, I wanted to check in with one of French Teachers, and who better to talk to than Alex Vigo. Alex has been a teacher at the Language Academy for many years now and he is not only and excellent French Teacher, he’s part of the Language Academy family. He is originally from city of Tr...

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Making Connections: Shannon Will...

One of the great things about doing what we do at the Language Academy is bringing people together that wouldn’t have had the opportunity to meet if it weren’t for making the decision to take a language class with us. It’s one of the things that makes me most happy about my chosen profession. A few years back I led 3 separate group trips with...

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The Most Poignant Moment in Davi...

A couple of weekends ago I spent both Saturday and Sunday in bed with a not so fun virus that one my kids decided to bring home from school. Not an ideal weekend but when these kinds of things happen, I do what everyone else does and binge watch something on Netflix. In one day I managed to watch all 8 episodes of David Chang’s new series “...

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