Robert Fradkin
Affiliate Faculty

Robert Fradkin (Ph.D., Indiana University, 1985, Slavic linguistics; minor, Semitic linguistics), now retired and SLLC affiliate, taught Russian and Hebrew for 40 years at Indiana University, University of Washington, Brown, Old Dominion, Duke and University of Maryland as well as Latin at Atholton High School in Columbia, MD. He also has speaks Dutch, thanks to his wife (a native of Antwerp, Belgium) and has studied Arabic, Persian, Polish, Ancient Greek, German, Yiddish and Turkish to varying degrees. His project for the next few years is to create online versions of his many pedagogical and linguistic aids including the single-stem verb system for Russian (and he has also devised such a system for Latin) and parts of his books Stalking the Wild Verb Phrase: English Grammar for English Speakers Learning Other Languages (1991) and The Well-Tempered Announcer: A Pronunciation Guide to Classical Music (1996). A devotee of both classical and folk music, Fradkin has performed as a guitarist-folk singer and as a choral singer and always incorporated songs into his language teaching. He and his wife met as neighbors in the dorm of Moscow State University. (She is now a retired professor of ESL and French from Prince George’s Community College.) They are avid bikers-hikers and have biked across France, around Quebec, down the Great Allegheny Passage and hiked, among others, the Cascades in Washington State, most of the US national parks, much of Israel, and the Jotunheimen National Park in Norway. They plan to move to Antwerp in a few years.