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Students of the University of Houston. Houstonian 1996 - Random Access Memory. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. July 10, 2014. http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/yearb/item/15484/show/15386.

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Students of the University of Houston. Houstonian 1996 - Random Access Memory. Houstonian Yearbook Collection. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. Retrieved from http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/yearb/item/15484/show/15386

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Transcript Tic fii nericcn ^aQQiriH Language Unlocks door to prosperous future Two years ago, UH graduate student, Kerstin Uhl, boarded an Air France airplane in Frankfurt, Germany. She was coming to America for the first time, as part of an exchange program at her University in Freiburg, to study at the University of Houston. The trip didn't get off to a very good start. Little did she know that eventually she would be introduced to superficiality, bad plane engines and even a dead body. " I sat in the plane for an hour. After 1 1/2 hours, the flight attendant made an announcement that something was wrong with the engine and that they would try and get a new plane, or a different flight for us. I spent six hours at the airport. "When we got to America, we made two to three extra stops until we reached Houston. I was two days late, so it was a very good start," the 25-year-old German TA said sarcastically. One graet interest Uhl had was seeing how American media works, in comparison to Germany. "The system is very The people are friendly, but different. It is interesting to on a superficial level," she see it. In Germany, the said, shrugging her stories are very fact- shoulders, oriented, and the human Then again, Uhl said interest side is not America has so many important," she said, wonderful things to offer, like However, Uhl said the human interest is an important factoer in writing. "It is a very important part of a story, but sometimes, in America, it becomes much more of a sesation," Uhl had noticed many differences between Uhl shopping arround the clock. America is very consumer oriented, the stores are open 24 hours a day and on the weekends. In Gremany, they are closed at night and closed on the weekends" However, n o experience, or memory Americans and Germans, impression For instance, she said stands more clearly in her Americans are extermely mind than the day she superficial in their smelled a horrible odor friendships. outside her friends "In Germany, when appartment. someone asks how you are, She was making her way they expect an answer. Here up the stairs to visit the someone ask, 'how are friend in an apartment you,' and they expect you to complex when she noticed say, 'fine, how are you.' the strange smell. "I asked her, 'what is that smell? Did you forget to take your garbage out or somthing?' She said that it has been smelling like that for a couple of days. Later we found out that it was a dead body in the apartment below hers. We never knew if it was a murder or what, but the police did find many packages of marijuana in the fridge," she said. Teaching has been another experience she has learned from. " I was surprised by how many American students never learned a foreign language. So now I have to teach them the basices. Frirst, I have to explain to them how it is in their language, and then I can get to the German," she said with a smile. She said she will definitely, positively, absolutely never ever live in America. " America is a land of freedom, but on the other side, it really isn't there. If you say something other people don't expect, or don't want to hear, you don't fit in," she sighs. - Ivana Segvic Since English is the number one language in the world, it is easy for Americans to forget the necessity of the hunderds of other languages in the world. However, with recent frontiers such as NAFTA, and business with other countries like Germany and Japan, to only name a few, Americans are slowly begining to realize the importance of a second language. Dr. Clause Reschke of the UH German department said knowing a foreign language is as valuable as gold, if not more so. Being a board member for the International German Teachers' Association scince 1989 has given him the opportunity to travel widely and discover the importance other countries put on foreign languages. "In Russia, students are requried to learn two foreign languages. The first started in high school and the second is picked by faculty. These students recieve more contact hours in the first year than they would get as majors in America" he said. In a single year, Russian "These countries have a and Chinese students 75percehigher requirement acquire 684 contact hours in than the U.S.We are trying to a language, while a student compete economically and majoring in a language in technologically with America has only 416 countries who are putting in contact hours over a four- so much more effort," year period. A Russian Reschke said. B*m five-year program has 2,280 hours, and a Master's program has 56 semester credit hours, of which 26 are pure language instruction. "Students must pick a language and culture early. TWO years Of a photo by: August Endsley language is Reschke nothing. A student has to be able to use it," Reschkle said. He said it is difficult for Americans to learn Russian and Chinese or Japanese, but learning the language is necessary not only for a greater intellectual education, but also to apply H e believes a solution to this problem would be offering languages to children in kindergarden and definitely offering them in junior high school. " We need to work to help people make a tomorrow." He said that the key that unlocks the door to a brighter tomorrow is language, a foreign language to be exact. Reschke suggest that students who are studying a foreign language get into at it to particular fields. A lease one year of a serious person who is fluent in study abroad program, foreign languages has a " Live with the people world of opportunity, live with the faml.es, take .t Reschke said. seriously and learn as much as you can about the culture." Reschke, who speaks German, English, French, some Dutch and understands a little Scandinavian,Chinese and Hungarian, said language is the stongest glue in the world. "We all cannot speak English. We need to get away from our culture, and more important, learn about other cultures, especially those very different from ours. Too few students are aware of how much we need foreign language." Students need to have their eyes set on an occupation and look very carefully to equip themselves with all the tools they need to do the job, he said. With the difficulty of finding jobs, having an extra language under the belt can only be a major plus. "We are living in a global community. We must learn to communicate and respect other cultures. "We need to know and learn other cultures to fit in," he said. -Ivana Segvic