From World Languages Director


Dear all,

There’s so much in life that we can never comprehend, yet as Dr. King once reminded us, “We must accept finite disappointment, but we must not lose infinite hope.”

One family, albeit fictional, that I know of that has never lost hope is the Roses—Moira, Alexis, Johnny, and David—from Schitt’s Creek. They lost almost everything and had to start anew. Despite their differences, they cared for, learned from, and grew with one another.

We come to class every week not only because we want to increase our proficiency in another language but also because we share a strong desire to understand people from other cultures through language. This same desire also leads us to unite, rather than divide, and brings us closer when the going gets tough. Despite our differences, we will continue to care for, learn from, and grow with one another, in person or online.

As King County applies to enter modified Phase 1, all summer classes (registration now open) will remain online. For some, Zoom fatigue is real even if reality itself seems a bit unreal. Still Zoom gives us a relatively stable platform through which to check in on one another. Or to appropriate Moira Rose’s words, “it can be the most enlightening and even heuristic exercise.” Moira has a wide range of vocabulary. Ask your instructor how to say “chin-wag,” “pettifogging,” or “inamorata” in their language and expand your vocabulary! By the way, my favorite is “prestidigitator” because it sounds so clumsy but its meaning is entirely opposite.

Stay safe, and please don’t hesitate to reach out if you have any questions.


Chien Tsai
Director of World Languages


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