Sure, Vanderbilt University is located in the heart of Nashville, just down the street from Music Row, but was anybody really expecting Haiti-native (and Vanderbilt basketball player) Djery Baptiste to learn English from George Strait? Probably not.
Baptiste knew three languages when he arrived in the U.S. from Haiti, but he still needed some help with his English. Growing up in the Caribbean, he found an unlikely source for an English tutor.
In an interview with the Tennessean, Baptiste tells the story of how he learned English through song, “I was in America and didn’t know how to say anything in the language, but I thought I could learn it through music. Country music was the best for me, and George Strait is my favorite. So I learned how to speak English by listening to him tell stories in his songs.”
Baptiste also told the Tennessean he loved Alan Jackson’s “Chattahoochee,” Eric Church’s “Homeboy,” and Zac Brown Band’s “Knee Deep,” but it was always Strait for him.
Baptiste is majoring in public policy and linguistics at Vanderbilt and hoping to learn German, too– his fifth language.
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And of course, if you need help with English or Geography, George has got you covered:
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