Who is Moses McCormick?
After being hired by OSU to tutor an athlete in Zulu, he received high praise from staff and was asked to also begin tutoring Swahili, Russian and Italian.
In 2008, he began his private tutoring business in the Columbus, Ohio, picking up students through fliers, Craigslist and word of mouth.
His first pupil was a young woman who was moving to Japan in two months – McCormick took her from a total beginner to being able to read, including essential Kanji, and understand and communicate through basic language structure.
His third student was a third-year learner in OSU’s Japanese program who was interested in using Japanese for a future career, but had little conversational ability. After just two months with McMormick, he took the Japanese Language Placement Test Level 3 and passed. His peers were curious where his newfound enthusiasm and confidence in Japanese had come from, and several of them signed up for FLR.
Also in 2008, McMormick began using YouTube to record himself speaking dozens of languages to meet and get feedback from native speakers all across the world. He started getting many questions from other curious learners, and he began making videos explaining his techniques and answering specific queries, all the while meeting dozens of native speakers and impressed language professors.
Today, McMormick has studied reading and speaking more than 50 langauges, and confidently speaks more than a dozen. Because the need to learn is the driving force in his life, he studies and reaches an intermediate level in four new languages per year.
He is married to a native Chinese, and at their first meeting he delighted her by conversing in Korean, Chinese and Japanese. With skilled, creative language teachers and multiple native speakers involved in FLR, students can be assured of the accuracy and passion of the entire FLR team.