Hello everybody, und Herzlich Willkommen !
My name is Harald - with the German spelling of 2 "a"s.
I first came to the USA in August 1990 with a 1-year exchange program comprising 4 months of college and 6 months of work - while living with a host-family in the suburbs of Chicago.
Originally I'm from Wuerzburg, Germany (Northern Bavaria), a medium-size city with a lot of history (incl. a fortress from the 900s, a Baroque palace from the 1760s, a scenic river right through the middle, and lots of vineyards on the slopes of surrounding hills.)
I've spent extensive time abroad (from Germany) in the 1990s: 9 months in Sheffield, England (1992/93), 6 months in Chicago, IL (1994), 4 months in Moscow, Russia (1995). From September 1996 until June 1997 I've worked at SFU's Center for Global Competitiveness in Loretto, PA, incl. giving speeches to economics & business students at SFU. My primary job at the CGC was to help regional companies with establishing or growing overseas business (particularly EU).
From 1998 until spring 2011 I managed the US Shipping Center for German Graphics Software company Dosch Design GmbH.
I'm a patient person/teacher and still remember my own frustrations of language learning quite well (English in my school days; Spanish in College; Russian, while living in Moscow).
I love history, cultures and people in general. Language is quintessential for any culture's character and growth - it's a culture's "soul", so to say! While there are no "easy" languages, I found the tricks for learning a language effectively are TRUE MOTIVATION and PURPOSE! Whether it is through foreign language music lyrics, movies, poetry or TV, there has to be an obvious purpose and goal, and it has to be FUN !
That's my basic philosophy regarding learning in general, and learning a language in particular. A language is a living thing, and it's the soul of its respective culture.
I'm looking forward to helping German students in the Altoona, PA area to improve their German skills both, in writing, and for conversational purposes like business or traveling.
Outside my German skills I can also help to unlock economic and business teachings and realities as we all face them in our daily lives, or to catch up with the fascinating history of Europe, the USA or the World at large.
Sincerely und "mit freundlichen Gruessen",
FYI: Within the last 3 months I've passed employment-based background checks through both Macy's (Altoona-store) and the Hollidaysburg Area YMCA, both of which are my current part-time employers.
I am a full-time employee of ALDI Inc. (groceries store chain)
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