Welcome to Learned Words! I’m Kymberly Fergusson, a writer, translator and language teacher, based in Villingen-Schwenningen, Germany.
You are never to old to learn, and nothing is too hard to learn – you just need the right tools and motivation.
While my background is in IT, education, and languages, I am most passionate about learning and helping others learn effectively. I love to write, edit and translate!
Let’s work together
Please contact me to discuss your requirements!
- Writing: course content, articles, books, especially IT, technical and medical documents.
- Translation from German to English: especially technical, IT and medical texts.
- Language coaching (English): groups and individuals, courses and conversations. Online, or in person (Villingen-Schwenningen).
Resources for teachers, students, writers and translators
I want to provide lesson materials, cheat sheets, etc. for English teachers and students around the world to lighten their preparation load on my Patreon at:
Patreon is a monthly subscription service where you pledge a certain amount each month and receive rewards: puzzles, tips, lesson plans, cheat sheets, handouts, discussions, Q&A posts, etc.
Who am I?
I’ve always loved words, devouring books and writing tomes when I was younger. My first languages other than English were all programming.
I found it much more fun to teach these languages than to actually program, and side-stepped from my Computer Science degree into lecturing, and then into technical writing and English teaching.
It wasn’t until my tweens when the real language bug bit me, beginning with one of the ‘hardest’ – Japanese. After teaching myself Japanese for a few years, I lived in Japan and taught English.
Yup, I was there in Fukushima during the 2011 earthquake …
Once in Germany to be with my partner, my learning focus shifted to German, made more urgent by a few medical conditions requiring many doctors’ appointments. Unfortunately, this is an ongoing problem, but each new field stretches my German further.
These days I write documentation, edit content, manage writing teams, and translate from German to English, specialising in medical, manufacturing and technical texts.
Hand waving and a dictionary are excellent tools for communicating in a pinch
When I first traveled overseas, I didn’t speak any languages at all. I’ve found the world to be more open and accessible when you can speak more than one language. There are more job opportunities, you develop deeper friendships, and travel much more easily with fewer problems.
Next on the menu is Korean, Chinese, or Welsh, after polishing my German and brushing up on my Japanese. Of course, that’s around my other hobbies – photography, gardening and gaming!
When I’m not playing with words, I enjoy many hobbies: crafts, cooking, hiking, watching anime, gardening and drinking lots of tea.
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