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Espero que todos disfruten de esta semana de vacaciones!

We are half way there… I encourage you for continuing BUILD classes even though we all have a million other things going on.


Picture By: Kate O’Brien


Espero que todos se encuentren muy bien. In today’s class we discussed directions. Here they are, please look at them and review them. We will try and integrate them in our later classes. Here are also the numbers in tens (10,20, 30 and so on)




French B: le 16 mars 2012


1. Aujourd’hui on a commencé avec une dialogue qu’on a fait le semaine passé: Dans un restaurant:

(Today we started with a dialogue that we did last week: In a restaurant): BUILD French 3.9.12 At the restaurant

2. Puis, on a revisé/pratiqué les chiffres 1 à 60, afin de dire l’heure):

(Then we reviewed/practiced the numbers 1 to 60, to be able to tell time):

3. On a practiqué l’heure avec l’horaire de vol, attaché ici):

(We practiced telling time with the airline schedule, attached here): BUILD French 3.16.12 chiffres

4. Enfin, on a commencé avec les mots de vocabulaire: Dans une aéroporte, basé sur ce vidéo:

(Finally, we started learning vocabulary: In an airport, based on this video):


We won’t have class next week, because of Spring Break, but we’ll see you on Friday, March 30!

A la prochaine!

Spanish 2A

To find out

what is happening

in Spanish 2A

this semester,

head on over

to our blog!

السلام عليكم

كيف الحال؟ مراجعة للدرس الثاني

this is a short review of what we covered in our 2nd class on Friday:

 Numbers الارقام

1 واحد

2 اثنان

3 ثلاثة

4 اربعة

5 خمسة


7 سبعة

8 ثمانية

9 تسعة

10 عشرة

 the Present tense  الفعل المضارع

أ ن ي ت

أ / انا = (انا) اقرأ رواية

ن/ نحن = (نحن) نتكلم العربية

ت/ هي – انتَ = هي تذهب الى البيت/ انت تذهب الى السوق

ي/ هو = (هو) يكتب على اللوحة

بعض المفردات ومعانيها

يطير= fly


يتكلم = speak

يتعلم= learn

يستيقظ= get up/ wake up

شكرا . اراكم في الاسبوع القادم

the next week Inshallah we will continue with and practice the present tense and see if we will have time for alittle bit of future.

مع السلامة  

German Build!

Grüß Euch!

Gina Hamman und ich (Jennie McCulloch) sind die Lehrerinnen für deutsches BUILD dieses Semester. Willkommen!

Gina Hamman and I (Jennie McCulloch) are the German BUILD this semester. We meet in Morse 200 Fridays at 11:00am. All are welcome!

We will post information on what we have done in class as well as useful links. For starters, check out:

dict.leo.org  (an online dictionary)


During week one we covered basic introductions including age, languages spoken and previous travel experience. In our small group we had people who had lived in various countries.

Die Studenten haben in den folgenden Länder gewohnt:

  Volksrepublik China                   Brussel, Belgien

 Berlin, Deutschland                   Frankreich

Die Studenten sprechen  Chinesisch, Russisch, Italienisch, Franzoesisch, und Deutsch!

In Week Two we continued with introductions, and talked about the age, the place of birth, the profession and current location of various well-known German personages!

Here is a list of some phrases and vocabulary we used in class:

-Wie heisst du/ Wie heissen Sie?

Ich bin Jennie/ Ich heisse Jennie.

– Woher kommst du/ woraus kommst du/ wo kommst du her? (Woher kommen Sie…)

Ich komme aus Seattle. (Er/ sie kommst aus…)

-Wo wohnst du?

Ich wohne jetzt in Monterey. (Er/ sie wohnt in…)

-Wo hast du (früher) gewohnt?

Ich habe in Portland gewohnt.

Welche Sprache sprichst du?

Ich spreche Deutsch.

-Wie alt bist du/ Wie alt sind Sie?

Ich bin neunundzwanzig Jahre alt. (Sie/ er ist …)


1 eins         2 zwei              3drei        4 vier           5 fuenf              6 sechs

7 sieben     8 acht              9 neun                         10 zehn           11 elf               12 zwölf

13 dreizehn                       14 fierzehn      15   fuenfzehn…   17 siebzehn

20 zwanzig                        21 einundzwanzig

30 dreißig                          32 zweiunddreißig

40 vierzig                          43 dreiundvierzig

50 fuenfzig                          54 vierundfuenfzig

60 sechzig                         65 fuenfundsechzig

70 siebzig                          76 sechsundsiebzig

80 achtzig                          87 siebenundachtzig

90 neunzig                         98 achtundneunzig

100 (ein)hundert               101 einhunderteins

200 zweihundert               205 zweihunderfunf

1000 (ein) tausend                        1,000,000 eine million

* I apologize for the lack of appropriate umlaut on fuenf

-Hast du Geschwister/ Haben Sie Geschwister?

Ich habe einen Bruder.

Ich habe eine Schwester.

-Wie alt ist er/ Wie alt ist sie?

Er ist…. Sie ist…

Die Eltern

Meine Mutter, mein Vater

Here are some links to videos of introductions, learning materials, and some music:

http://youtu.be/JoMqyJCc1yU (from the series Alles Gute)

http://youtu.be/9nPLZUMZ4OQ (a song about not knowing a girl’s name)

http://youtu.be/i2GaHyDSfmg (another song: Sag, wie heisst du)


Also, check out the movie Pina, playing now at Osio <<http://osiocinemas.com/>>.


Wim Wenders directed this film about the late German dancer/ choreographer Pina Bausch.

http://www.pina-film.de/de/  (you can also click on English in the upper-right corner).

There isn’t a lot of German in the movie, but listen for the Jahreszeiten, the seasons, in the beginning, and enjoy the amazing dancing and cinematography!

Bis nächstes Mal!


Hello all! 大家好! Our first class was on Thursday February 23 at 1pm in A200. Do you want to learn more about Chinese cuisine? Then swing by next week – same place, same time!

In our lesson, we covered how to ask questions regarding food. For example, can you answer the questions below? If you don’t know what they’re saying, hover over them to read a translation. Post your answers in the comments!

  1. 你有没有吃过狗肉?
  2. 你喜不喜欢吃辣?
  3. 你最喜欢的饮料是什么?

Then, we discovered the properties of regional cuisine and why they are like that! For example, in Hong Kong, they love to drink milk tea. But did you ever consider that the reason for that is because Hong Kong used to be an English colony? After all, dairy is not a popular product in China – in fact, many Chinese are lactose intolerant. However, because the English brought their tea traditions (adding milk and sugar) with them to Hong Kong, the natives now love milk tea! They have expanded on the idea by making milk tea in different flavors and by adding boba. In class, we manually sorted strips of paper into categories, but here is a simple table instead.





hěnduō cǎo




Méiyǒu hěnduō shù


Sùcài bǐjiào shǎo


Tǔdì bù féiwò (fertile)






dōngtiān hěn cháng




Zhòngtián shíjiān bǐjiào duǎn




Yǒu yán






yǒu qúdào (irrigation)


Bái mǐfàn


Nóngyè hěn fēngfù


Hěnduō bùtóng de wèidào


Dōngtiān méiyǒu nàme yánzhòng


Má là huǒguō




jǐ gè xiǎo dǎo


Xiǎo dǎo shàng dìfāng yǒuxiàn

猪肉、 鸡肉

Zhū ròu, jī ròu


Yǐqián shì Yīngguó de zhímíndì (colony)



I hope you found this blog post interesting! If you want to learn more about Chinese cuisine, feel free to stop by class on Thursday in A200 at 1pm.

Hi everyone,

I’m happy that we had our first BUILD class this evening. I had five wonderful students who were very excited to start and improve their Arabic. Anyways, here is a recap of what we had in the first class:

1- We did the needs analysis for the class.

2- We warmed up with personal introduction.

3- We also finalized with a short conversation using a bunch of new words. For a quick review, here is the conversation:


السلام عليكم

كيف حالكَ/ حالكِ؟ – كيف الحال؟

بخير, الحمدلله

ما اسمكَ/ اسمكِ؟

اسمي ….

من أين انتَ/ انتِ؟

من أي مدينة ؟

انا من …..

تشرفنا , تشرفنا – لي الشرف

مع السلامة , مع السلامة

I was really happy to see new and returning faces 🙂 Hope that everyone had as much fun as I did. For next week please look over the short introductions as we will start with them and then add to them and start new ones. I have posted here what we went over in class. Please remember there are time when there are no direct translations, I have done my best to translate them directly for you so they might sound funny in English. See you all next week 🙂

Click on any of the three pictures and they will get bigger 🙂


You do not have to sign-up for classes, you just need to show-up. Attend as many different classes as you would like to.

Language Day/Time Room Teacher(s)
Arabic 1 Fridays, 2pm-3pm A200 Waleed
Arabic 2 Fridays, 4pm-5pm A201 Adnan
Cantonese Fridays, 1pm-2pm A202 Karen
Farsi Fridays, 1pm-2pm A205 Arash & Olga
French A Thurs, 6:30-7:30pm A205 Kasey
French B Fridays, 2pm-3pm A201 Sarah H.
German Fridays, 11am-12pm A200 Jennie
Japanese Fridays, 3pm-4pm B107 Karen & Bryan
Korean A Wed, 6pm-7pm A205 Hala
Korean B Fridays, 4pm-5pm A200 Ben
Mandarin (Beg/Int) Tuesdays, 12pm-1pm B107 Caitlin & Angelica
Mandarin (Int/Adv) Mondays, 6pm-7pm A201 Karen & Vicky
Chinese Cuisine Thurs, 1pm-2pm A200 Robin
Chinese Culture Fridays, 3pm-4pm A205 Yinghua & Sisi
Russian A Mondays, 6pm-7pm A202 James
Russian B Fridays, 5pm-6pm A200 Vita
Shanghainese Thurs, 12pm-1pm A200 Angelica
Spanish 1 Thurs, 1pm-2pm A201 Sendy
Spanish 2A Tuesdays, 1pm-2pm A201 Celia
Spanish 2B Fridays, 1pm-2pm A200 Maiya & Bryan
Spanish Comm. Thurs, 6pm-7pm A202 Caroline
Turkish Tues, 12pm-1pm A200 JoDee
Thai Tues, 12pm-1pm A201 Rawiwan & Yam
Tech 4 Teachers Fridays, 2pm-3pm B208 Sarah

Level 1: Little/no previous experience with the language
Level 2: Some/a lot of experience with the language
A & B Classes: Just a way to differentiate between two or more of the same class

If you have questions about classes, please contact us at miisbuild@gmail.com.
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We hope to see you in class 🙂

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