Beate Krupp, wife of Uwe Krupp, a defenseman for the National Hockey League's Buffalo Sabres, couldn't speak any English when she gave up a nursing career in West Germany and joined her husband in western New York four years ago.
She tried to enroll in a basic English class at the University of Buffalo, but it was filled.
"I began watching a lot of children's television shows, especially 'Sesame Street,' " she said. "Then I went to a local bookstore and asked for children's books.
"So, I basically learned how to speak English from 'Sesame Street' and Laura Ingalls Wilder books. And I've never gone back to the university to take that English course."