Student Testimonials

Johanna Von Fock

Deciding to add German as my second major was one of the best decisions I made at UCLA! I was very fortunate to take a wide range of classes to fulfill the major requirements including courses about history, film, linguistics and even business. However, my favorite classes were the seminars about German literature and culture!…

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Victoria West

Learning German was the best “half-baked” decision I have made. As I was entering Junior High, I had the option to learn the language of my choice. Due to the notorious teachers of the high school Spanish and French department, I elected to learn German. This sparked a passion in my life. I quickly became…

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Mirthe Ophoff

Hi everyone! I am Mirthe Ophoff ’17, and majored in Economics with minors in Accounting and German. In 2015, I transferred to UCLA with some basic German courses behind me, where my counselors recommended to balance two major courses with one elective. German 152, a contemporary conversation and composition class, still had space, and I…

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Shawn Lee

My encounter with learning German was completely unintentional. I had only signed up after failing to enroll in a Spanish 1 class for 3 straight quarters. As a Geography major, the initial plan was to simply fulfill the foreign language requirements with German 1, 2, and 3. However, over that one year, I guess the…

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Emily Abbott

I came into the German program with a German language background and some understanding of traditions and customs, but with little exposure to modern life and thought in Germany. What began as just a class to further my German language proficiency, turned into a newfound joy for the language, a decision to major in German…

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Rose Zarghani

I was always interested in learning German since I can remember. My family had fled from Iran during the Iran-Iraq war and built a new life in Germany. Years and years later, they still remained in Hamburg as the family continued to grow there. Having been born there and having so many family members there,…

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Bryanna Klarr Weiche

Ever since I can remember I have been interested in learning a foreign language. Both of my parents grew up learning foreign languages such as French, German, Dutch, Italian and Spanish and that passion was always engrained into me as a child. I took French all throughout High School, but realized that was not the…

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Robert Spurzem

My decision to begin German in the fall quarter, freshman year, was first made because of the UCLA language requirement and supported by my interest in my German heritage. From the beginning, I always knew I wanted to go abroad for a year and Germany was my top choice as it would provide me with…

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Megan Sonderegger

I started learning German in high school solely for the purpose of learning the language well enough to be able to communicate with my relatives in Germany who couldn’t speak English. As I took more classes, I began to fall in love with both the language and the culture. After searching for the perfect subject…

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Heather Smitelli

The first German class I ever took was during my junior year of high school. I wanted to try something new that was different from the more commonly taught foreign languages in school. I had taken both French and Spanish for many years, but found myself completely discouraged at how unsuccessful I was at learning…

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