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FYI: Holland Center and Morse are right next to each other on Van Buren St.


Advanced Arabic             3:00- 3:50 pm      Holland Center

Conversational Arabic       4:00- 4:50 pm      Holland Center

Beginning Spanish          5:00-5:50 pm        Morse B207

Intermediate Japanese        5:00- 5:50pm     Morse B107

Intermediate Chinese          6:00- 6:50 pm    Morse A201



All Levels Farsi            12:00- 12:50 pm      Morse A200

Beginning German           4:00- 4:50 pm      Morse B108

Beginning Japanese          6:00- 6:50 pm      Morse A201



Beginning Arabic        4:00- 4:50 pm       Morse A2o2

Advanced Chinese       4:00- 4:50 pm      Morse A200

Intermediate Spanish        5:00- 5:50 pm  Morse B107

Intermediate Korean        5:00- 5:50 pm     Morse A202

All Levels Hebrew        6:00- 6:50 pm      Morse B107

All Levels Tagalog        6:00- 6:50 pm      Morse A201

Beginning Kazakh        6:30- 7:20 pm     Morse A202

Beginning Korean        7:00-  7:50 pm    Morse A201

Intermediate Arabic        7:00- 7:50 pm   Morse A101



Intermediate French      4:00- 4:50    Morse A200

Conversational  French  4:00-4:50    TBA



Beginning Chinese      9:00- 9:50 am      Morse A200

American Sign Language    2:00-2:50 pm      Morse A200

Intermediate Russian     4:00- 4:50 pm    Morse A200

All Levels Cantonese       5:00- 5:50 pm    Morse B107



Beginning French    11:00- 11:50 am   Morse B107

Thank you for checking out the BUILD blog! At the moment BUILD is experiencing limited administrative membership. For that reason, we have decided to ask all interested parties to look to our Facebook page, B.U.I.L.D. for information about classes, which are scheduled to begin the first week of October. You are also more than welcome to send questions to build@miis.edu.

If you are interested in becoming involved in BUILD in an administrative capacity, we would love to hear from you! Please email us at the address above. Please note that there might be a delay in response as we are again working with a small administrative team at the moment.

Again, thank you so much for your interest in BUILD!


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

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