About

erwinochsThis site is the site of Erwin Ochsenmeier (a.k.a. me).

Originally, one of its goals for me to just play around with IT stuff when I had some free time. Given my present work, it now deals mostly with languages. For various reasons, after a couple of versions on Drupal, I switched to WordPress.

Bio

I was born in Belgium from a Belgian Dutch speaking mother and a German father. My mother was from the north of Ypres (Belgium), my father had come from Munich (Germany) after WWII as a teenager with his mom. I think most of the Ochsenmeiers are still in Bavaria and related one way or the other to each other. I grew up speaking French exclusively but had to take Dutch and English at school, as was the case of most students in Brussels. Despite years of Dutch, it was basically non-existent at the end of high school, as is still the case for most kids today. I really learned Dutch and German only as an adult. I took English and Spanish at university and spent a couple of summers during my studies in the UK (Southampton and Lincoln) and in Spain (Málaga and Burgos).

Besides Brussels, I have lived in the USA (Denver and Atlanta) and had a “green card” for about 10 years. I worked as a network manager in Atlanta (USA) and as a translator, mostly in the technical and computer fields, both in the USA and in Belgium. We speak English at home but raised our kids in French and English.

Though I had been teaching on and off since the late 1980s, I decided a few years ago to get a teaching degree (which, suicidally, I did in Dutch) with a focus on modern languages. I now teach languages (French, English, and Spanish) to adults or in higher education settings and give some private lessons. A while ago I also wrote a NT Greek course in French.

For more information on my career, see my LinkedIn profile.

My hobbies and interests besides work are IT stuff, literature and languages, anything that has to do with the USA, the UK and Germany, biking, playing guitar, cooking and photography now and then (see my 500px portfolio).

In addition to languages, I am also spending time on questions of politics and religion, focusing on Thomas Hobbes, John Locke and Sören Kierkegaard.

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