My name is Ron. I’m a language enthusiast. I’ve studied Arabic, Spanish, and German pretty seriously, and I’ve also spent a lot of time studying English, my native language. My first “real” job was as a translator, and now I’m a technical writer by profession.
I’ve lived all over the world, but consider Florida home. Florida gets a bad rap, but it’s the best state in the US. Any place where you can wear flip-flops to a sit-down restaurant and not attract any attention is fine by me.
(Here’s a video of me speaking four languages.)
After high school, I studied Modern Standard Arabic. After about 15 months of full-time study and some follow-on advanced courses, I ended up at approximately a C1 level in MSA.
I then got an English degree and learned that even though I had been speaking English for 20+ years, I still had a lot to learn. I still do.
In 2013, I made it a goal to learn Spanish, and got pretty decent results. I’ve become a little rusty since then, but I’m looking forward to picking it back up.
Right now I’m studying German intensely, with the goal of getting back into translation, professionally. I lived in Germany for two years, where I learned a little German and renewed my interest in language learning. More recently, I was rated as “Advanced Low” on the ACTFL German reading test.
In my day job, I’m a technical writer. That’s why you’ll see a lot of bullet points and numbered lists in my posts. But that’s also why you’ll see a lot of slang and breezy writing here, too, because the last thing I want is to turn this site into a technical manual.
When I’m not learning foreign languages or writing, I like watching mixed martial arts, traveling, and playing video games with my son. I’ve also been known to bust a move.