Susanna Zaraysky (Cycaнна Зaрайcкая)
Susanna has studied eleven languages (English, Russian, French, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, Serbo-Croatian, Ladino, Hebrew, Arabic, and Hungarian) and speaks eight of them. Born in the former USSR, Susanna has traveled to over 50 countries. Her goal is to empower people to use music and the media to learn foreign languages.
Susanna is the co-producer of the documentary, Saved by Language, about how a Sephardic Bosnian boy saved his life in the Holocaust by speaking in Ladino, an endangered Judeo-Spanish language.
She is the author of the books, Language is Music (El idioma es música in Spanish and Idioma é música in Portuguese) and Travel Happy, Budget Low. The Russian publishing house of Mann, Ivanov and Ferber published the Russian translation of Language is Music, Легкий способ быстро выучить иностранный язык с помощью музыки.
She hosted her own segment in Spanish on the Al Despertar morning show on Univision San Francisco called “El idioma es música” where she taught English grammar and pronunciation via songs.
Susanna has been featured on CBS, CNN, MTV, the BBC, The Guardian, the Filipino Channel, Yahoo Finance, Fox Business News, Univison, Telefutura, and MSNBC. She has given presentations at the Defense and State Departments of the United States to help diplomats and military personnel learn languages using music.
The US State Department has organized presentations for Susanna to speak to teachers, university professors and students in Bosnia, Mexico, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, and Qatar about using music and the media to learn foreign languages. She has also spoken in Denmark and Laos and at Stanford, the University of California at Berkeley, the University of San Francisco, San José State University and the State University of New York at Fredonia.
She lives in Cupertino, California.
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The name derives from: the Greek καλός (kalos), “beautiful” + είδος (eidos) + mundi (form of the Latin word mundus for world)
Mission of Kaleidomundi & the Create your World book series:
- To create global citizens who are engaged in the world, passionate about world events and confident international travelers and communicators.
- To empower you to interact and appreciate other cultures and ways of life.
- To give you the skills to travel economically and see the world.
- To teach you how to easily learn foreign languages and have fun.
Be your own peacemaker!Be your own ambassador!
Create your world!