The Nest

"The Nest" is LanguageBird’s new channel for sharing language and culture globally.

Meet LanguageBird instructors and special guests who share their language and culture with LanguageBird Founder, Dr. Karyn Koven and friends. LanguageBird's mission is to connect people together through language. Language is all about communicating with others cross culturally for greater understanding and collaboration.

Our diverse group of instructors connect to students one to one to teach language and share their culture during their lessons.  We have invited them to share more here in "The Nest." Join us in exploring their stories, language and cultures.

The Nest, Season 1

Andres F.

LanguageBird Spanish Instructor


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Episode 1 - Andres Franco, LanguageBird Spanish Teacher and Dr. Karyn Koven

LanguageBird Founder, Dr. Karyn Koven talks to Spanish teacher Andres Franco about his military background, how he learned English by translating Eminem rap songs and why he loves living in Brazil and teaching for LanguageBird.

Talia S.

LanguageBird Hebrew Instructor

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Episode 2 - Talia Segal, LanguageBird Hebrew Teacher and Dr. Karyn Koven

In this episode, LanguageBird teacher Talia Segal discusses early man and the pre history, geography and culture of the area that is now known as Israel.

Natalia B.

LanguageBird Russian Instructor

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Episode 3 - Natalie Belikova, LanguageBird Russian Teacher and Dr. Karyn Koven

LanguageBird Russian teacher Natalie Belakova speaks to Dr. Karyn Koven about her inspiration for her artwork and shows her most recent work of watercolor mixed media art.

Estella C.

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Dr. Estella Chen and Dr. Karyn Koven talk about why and how to learn Mandarin.

Dr. Estella Chen discusses her methods for teaching Mandarin, how best to study and how to listen for and practice the tones.

Yasmine M.

LanguageBird French Instructor

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Episode 5 - Yasmine Martinet, LanguageBird French Teacher and Dr. Karyn Koven

LanguageBird French teacher Yasmine Martinet speaks to Dr. Karyn Koven about being multi-lingual, living in France, Germany, Brazil and the US and why she finds speaking multiple languages so valuable.

Talia S.

LanguageBird Hebrew Instructor

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The Nest Episode 6: Talia Segal, LanguageBird Hebrew teacher and Dr. Karyn Koven

LanguageBird Hebrew Instructor Talia Segal explains the origins of all writing and how current alphabets, including the Hebrew alphabet, were created.

Cassie H.

LanguageBird American Sign Language Instructor

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The Nest Episode 7: Cassie Hargroves, LanguageBird American Sign Language instructor talks about deaf culture

Learn about deaf culture, do's and don'ts about interacting with deaf people, why learning ASL is valuable and about Cassie's experiences, family and teaching style.

Cristina C.

LanguageBird Italian and French Instructor

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The Nest Episode : Cristina Confalonieri, LanguageBird Italian and French instructor talks about her life traveling the world and now she is living in Asia.

Learn about Cristina's life and her adventure traveling the world and how being bilingual helped her.

Dr. Kathleen J.

LanguageBird French, and ESL instructor

The Nest Episode 9: Dr. Kathleen J., LanguageBird French, and ESL instructor meet with Dr. Karyn Koven to discuss her love of French culture, literature, mythology, and cinema.

In this Nest episode, Dr. J talks about her life as a professor at the U. of Connecticut and her passion as a French medievalist scholar. She loves teaching French literature, language, writing, cinema, and mythology. She sees medieval studies as a bridge between the past and modernist French society. Dr. J loves working with LanguageBird students one-to-one to tailor classes to their particular interests.

Paulina C.

LanguageBird Spanish Instructor

The Nest Episode 10: Paulina Chapa, LanguageBird Spanish instructor talks to Dr. Karyn Koven about her time in the U.S. and then going back to the culture and family closeness of Mexico.

In this Nest episode, Paulina Chapa talks about her home-town Chihuahua, Mexico, and some of the differences between teaching teens in Mexico vs. teaching students online all over the globe through LanguageBird. Paulina discusses her degrees from the U.S. and her experience in schools as well as her home lifestyle in Chihuahua with her daughter and family.

Margareta B.

LanguageBird Russian Instructor

The Nest Episode 11: Margareta B. – LanguageBird Russian Instructor talks to Dr. Karyn Koven about taking advantage of opportunities to travel and learn globally.

From Belarus to Thailand to Paris, France Margareta’s lust for language has taken her around the globe introducing her to new people, experiences, and languages. She talks about the new world view she discovered living in Thailand and her life in Paris now learning French from her husband and toddler.