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My name is Dr. Jules D. Gliesche, and I'm a Lecturer in the University of Florida's Academic Spoken English program. While this is something of a departure from my training as a Germanic linguist, it's also a continuation of the kind of work I've been doing for years.

Training international teaching assistants is not only a highly rewarding challenge, but also a source of new research interests. I've always enjoyed working with different languages and cultures. I've eaten things that most people would shy away from. I've consumed local libations that were more reminiscent of antifreeze than alcohol. One time in Thailand I saw the most unbelievable ... well ... you get the picture. While doing all of these things, I managed to teach English in the United States, Europe and Asia, as well as German in Germany and the United States.

Of course, as a linguist one can never state one's occupation without hearing the time-honored question: "How many languages do you speak?" OK, fair enough. I can have a really good conversation with you in German or English. I can have a pretty good conversation with you in Dutch. I can survive (i.e. find the bathroom, order dinner and drinks, make myself look silly) in Korean, Japanese and Spanish. I can read a whole bunch of languages, most of which you've probably never heard of, so I won't bother to list them here.

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