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Have you ever taken a language class? Have you taken a language class that teaches you how to say "I want to work at the United Nations" before "can you pass me the salt?" We're working to fix that.
Critical Language Mentor has scoured the internet to find the best resources out there to help you learn languages better. We specialize in critical, less-commonly taught languages, like Arabic, Chinese, Korean, and Persian and want to help you learn better.
Visit us on the web at criticallanguagementor.net

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Have you ever taken a language class? Have you taken a language class that teaches you how to say "I want to work at the United Nations" before "can you pass me the salt?" We're working to fix that.
Critical Language Mentor has scoured the internet to find the best resources out there to help you learn languages better. We specialize in critical, less-commonly taught languages, like Arabic, Chinese, Korean, and Persian and want to help you learn better.
Visit us on the web at criticallanguagementor.net

    Diplomatic Langauge Services

    Diplomatic Langauge Services

    In this week's episode, Garrett & Alex sat down with Jim Bellas, Kate Marden and Molly Sampson from Diplomatic Language Services (DLS).

    This week, we sat down with DLS in Arlington, VA. We discussed:the mission and history of DLS (5:15 ) language curriculum and teaching jobs (8:15), Ciiculum Development (25:15) resume Dos and Donts ( 38:00) , obtaining language ILR testing and language refresher training (45:00) with DLS.

    Links from the Episode:

    Diplomatic Language Services

    • 54 min
    Refugee Support Systems

    Refugee Support Systems

    In this week's episode, Garrett & Drew sat down with Kiersten Rossetto Nassar, Director of Community Relations, and Autumn Orme, Director of Communications and Marketing, at Lutheran Social Services of the National Capital Area.
    We discussed LSSNCA's mission and background, their work in refugee resettlement, and what they look for in volunteers.

    Links from the Episode:
    lssnca.org
    LSSNCA Refugee Country of Origin

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    • 28 min
    Spending the Summer at Maryland

    Spending the Summer at Maryland

    Recording at University of Maryland, Garrett & Drew joined Lianne and Jay, Program Coordinators at the University of Maryland’s Arabic and Persian Flagship Programs, to discuss their programs, the Summer Language Institute, and how their students learn critical languages.

    Links in this week's episode:
    www.globalprofessionals.umd.edu

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    • 38 min
    Leaving No One Behind

    Leaving No One Behind

    This week, Garrett & Drew sat down with Mike G., National Volunteer Coordinator with No One Left Behind, a nonprofit that helps Afghan and Iraqi combat interpreters with Special Immigrant Visas (SIVs) resettle safely in the United States. Together with Alex Sorin, co-founder of Foreigncy, we discussed No One Left Behind's mission and how people with language skills can give back and help others.

    Links in this episode
    No One Left Behind
    Foreigncy

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    • 33 min
    The Study Abroad Series: Turkey

    The Study Abroad Series: Turkey

    If you’re going abroad, you’ll want to listen to this episode. This week, Grace, an alumna of Indiana University’s Turkish Flagship Program, sat down with Drew to discuss how to make the most of your study abroad experience. She discusses her experiences, including the benefits of taking classes in an immersion environment.

    Links from the Episode:

    Oral Proficiency Interview
    Boren Scholarship & Fellowship
    NTV Radyo

    • 32 min
    Contracting 101

    Contracting 101

    Ever wonder what you have to do to get a job with a government contractor? This week, Garrett and Drew discuss the basics of contracting, focusing on language tests, basic requirements, and and uncommon knowledge from the contracting world!

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    • 31 min

Customer Reviews

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Azad Kasheesh ,

Excellent resource!

Full disclosure - I know the folks that are making the podcast. I've known about the project that they've been working on, and I know it's been more than two years in the making. They've done the footwork, and after listening to the podcast, I'm excited to see what else they've got coming down the pike. If you're a student of some of the critical languages like Arabic, Persian, Chinese, or Russian, this has some great resources and tips for language learning, retention, maintenance, etc. I appreciate them putting this out for everyone! Please, give it a try and check out the show notes!

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