Hello! My name is Keilah Fok and I’m from San Diego, California. I’m seventeen years old and this fall I’ll be a sophomore in mechanical engineering at the University of Alabama in Huntsville.
The classic brief self introduction, one of the first things taught to learners of a new language, seems like an appropriate beginning to my SAGA blog, since its purpose is to record my eight-week trip to learn German in Düsseldorf, Germany.
Spending four hours a day, five days a week in an unfamiliar country learning a foreign language probably isn’t everyone’s cup of tea. But to me, it sounds like a fantastic way to spend a summer.
I’ve long been fascinated with unfamiliar worlds.
Ever since I learned to read, my favorite books have all been character-driven stories that introduced me to different worlds: some fantastical, some historical. In the second grade, the Little House on the Prairie series brought me glimpses into the life of an American pioneer family. In high school, The Devotion of Suspect X by Keigo Higashino offered insight into the societal status of women in Japan and Japanese views on the definition of love. To me, the greatest appeal of reading is being able to temporarily take on the perspectives of characters with different backgrounds and views on life.
By going to Germany, I’ll be able to do in person what books allowed me to do by proxy. I’m excited to personally immerse myself in the German culture and make connections with people there while learning the language.
I’m also excited to share my journey through the UAH SAGA blog! I’ll be updating at least weekly for the next eight weeks with descriptions of my language progress, failures, and other adventures. In particular, I will try to post mini language goals along with progress from previous weeks to track my improvement and keep myself accountable.
See you next time!