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 Travel Happy, Budget Low. The Portuguese version of Language is Music, Idioma é música will be published in late October 2013. The Russian publishing house of Mann, Ivanov and Ferber will publish the Russian translation of Language is Music in late 2013 or early 2014.
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.
Via Fulbright-Hays grants and other Public Affairs programs, the US State Department has organized presentations for Susanna to speak to teachers, university professors and students in Bosnia, Mexico, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Thailand and Qatar about using music and the media to learn foreign languages. She has also spoken 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.
PO Box 1253
Cupertino, CA 95015
If you would like to have me speak at a conference, university or other event please visit the Speaking page for more information.