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Spanish is out and French is in—Outside and Inside that is



Gloria Scolari (left) and Mary Widmar (right)
Gloria Scolari (left) and Mary Widmar (right)

Outside under a tree on a beautiful fall day Gloria Scolari (left) and Mary Widmar (right) practice their Spanish conversation.  Mary is the conversation student and Gloria is the conversation partner from Paraguay. 

Mary's grandparents spoke Spanish.

"I regret not trying to imitate them when I was little," Mary says. "But I am now trying to make up for lost time."

Gloria Britez Scolari enjoys being a conversation partner. 

"If weather permits it, I like to talk to my conversation partners outside," say Gloria.

When she is not conversing with students of Spanish, Gloria, who is an accomplished musician, is probably practicing violin or viola. 

Gloria, from Asunción, Paraguay, is currently working on her Bachelor's Degree in Music Performance, with emphasis in Viola, with Dr. Selim Giray as her instructor, at Pittsburg State University.  n Paraguay, she was member of the Camerata Miranda and the Symphony Orchestra of Asunción (OSCA).

She was member of the Youth Orchestra of the Americas (YOA) in the tours 2005 and 2008, with whom she had the honor to perform in the most important concert halls in South and North America, including the Carnegie Hall in New York in February 2010. Currently,she is part of the viola section in Southeast Kansas Symphony Orchestra and the Pittsburg State University Chamber Orchestra. With her Clarinet Trio, she has recently won the Waddill Chamber Music Competition. 

Her PSU schedule is full of music, the music of her native Spanish and of the strings.

Bardhyl Dobra (Left) and Molly Cain (right)
Bardhyl Dobra (Left) and Molly Cain (right)

Inside we find Bardhyl Dobra (Left) and Molly Cain (right) at practicing French conversation.

Bardhyl, who is from Reims in France, will finish his master's degree at his home university (Université de Reims Champagne-Ardenne) in June 2011 in Entrepreneurship. Here he is an undergraduate student majoring in International Business.
Molly is a French student in her Junior year. She, who is a student worker in the Department of Modern Languages, loves French and has even convinced several students to major in French.

"PSU proposed me to be a conversation partner," says Molly, "and I accepted with greatest pleasure. It is very nice to talk with the American students and see how they improve their skills in French language. I have 9 students of different level and we are following a specific conversation program every week, and I have to say they are all motivated and work to progress in French. I have to say that they are not only my conversations students but they all are my friends and I am very happy to see them every time."

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