2020-2021 Academic Year: Eva Saunders

Eva Saunders

Tell us when and how you started studying foreign languages and what you like about learning languages.

Growing up in Germany, I started learning English when I was about three or four years old, because my father brought back English-speaking (or squealing) toys and computer learning games from his business travels to the US.

I was fascinated with the new sounds and started to imitate them, even though I had no clue what they meant. It wasn’t until third grade that I started learning English vocabulary and simple grammar.

From seventh to eleventh grade, I also learned Latin, which gave me a better understanding about how languages are all connected and started to enjoy learning them even more.

Tell us about a favorite activity that you pursue when you have free time.

As a filmmaker mostly confined to my apartment due to Covid-19, I love creating a web series with my cat as the main character.

I am currently working on a travel episode where he learns “meow” in different languages and travels to different countries, all filmed in our living room and around our house.

Tell us what you studied at university and what you might like to do one day.

My undergraduate degree is in photography and design and my graduate studies were in film. I am a freelance screenwriter and am hoping to direct my first feature-length film in the near future.

I am developing several stories right now that have a multi-cultural approach and are either Germany-focused or give some insight into German culture.


Past German Language Residents

  • 2019-2020: Tilman Viëtor
  • 2018-2019: Ivan Lucic
  • 2017-2018: Ines Fister
  • 2016-2017: Martin Siebert
  • 2015-2016: Charlotte Eisenblätter
  • 2014-2015: Mirja Schoderer
  • 2012-2014: Ulrich Ciesla
  • 2010-2012: Julia Hövelmann
  • 2009-2010: Svenja Johannsen
  • 2007-2009: Tabea Bruckelt
  • 2006-2007: Susanne Wernicke
  • 2004-2006: Monika Schulz
  • 2003-2004: Lena Oschewsky
  • 2002-2003: Tanja Rinker
  • 2000-2002: Patrick Vins
  • 1998-2000: Ricarda Klussendorf
  • 1997-1998: Holger Witt
  • 1995-1997: Albrecht Eitz
  • 1993-1995: Fabienne Quennet
  • 1992-1993: Anke Barth
  • 1990-1992: Sonja Mang
  • 1989-1990: Maria Fischerleitner
  • 1988-1989: Eberhard Orf
  • 1987-1988: Willi Stengl
  • 1985-1987: Heinz Przewodnik
  • 1982-1985: Eva Pressler
  • 1980-1982: Susanne Leyendecker
  • 1977-1980: Astrid Bujara
  • 1975-1977: Marie-Luise Rohwer
  • 1971-1975: Jurgen Klinge
  • 1968-1971: Maria Jorde
  • 1967-1968: Irene Bizer