About the Author: Kristine K. Kershul
Kristine K. Kershul blends her experience as a teacher, world traveler and language scholar to create a playful, innovative way to learn a new language.
Her products reflect her philosophy, "Anyone can learn a foreign language. It doesn't have to be difficult and it doesn't have to take years. It can be enjoyable and it can be something that fits easily into your daily routine." The 10 minutes a day® Series is designed to bring the magic of learning a new language to everyone.
As an expert linguist, Kristine spent ten years teaching German at universities
in the United States and in Europe. Her years in the classroom taught her that
most students were learning the language for personal enrichment, but the
traditional academic methods were not meeting their needs. From this
experience, Kristine developed the innovative teaching method found in the 10
minutes a day®
World Traveler ...
An adventurous spirit, Kristine has explored more than 100 countries, from
Bhutan to Zimbabwe, and almost every exotic locale in between. She understands
the problems that all travelers encounter, regardless of which country they are
visiting. She knows first-hand how languages can open doors to new adventures,
new friends and different cultures.
Language Scholar ...
Kristine completed her undergraduate and graduate studies while living in
Heidelberg, Germany. She then received a second Master's Degree from the
University of California at Santa Barbara and subsequently, did her Doctoral
studies in Medieval German Languages and Literature.
With Kristine's fluency, it's no surprise to hear her conducting business in
German, but it is not uncommon to also hear her on the phone speaking French,
Spanish, Russian, Arabic or Hebrew.
A Colorful Background ...
Kristine's fascination for languages began as a child growing up in a
tri-lingual household in Oregon, where Croatian, Danish and English were
Kristine's natural gift for languages opened doors outside the academic world.
She worked as a bilingual travel guide in Europe and later, as a translator at
the U.S. Embassy in Germany, before returning to the United States.
Bilingual Books ...
Based on the success of her first book, GERMAN in 10 minutes a day®,
Kristine founded Bilingual Books in 1981. Thirty-five years later, her company
is the leader in foreign language publishing, with more than 50 titles in 20
languages. Kristine's commitment to frequently update, refresh and fine-tune is
a reflection of the high standard of quality which has led to the trademark
success of Bilingual Books.
On A Personal Note ...
Kristine's passion for travel, foreign languages and new cultures continues to
take her around the world. One never knows where she'll venture to next -
Namibia, Kiribati or Madagascar. Kristine is a licensed pilot, a certified
diver and an avid downhill skier. She enjoys competitive horseback riding and
playing the piano. She makes her home in both Seattle, Washington and in Cape
Town, South Africa.