About Us

Our Approach

Our Approach

We are a resource consolidation and mentorship website for language learners specializing in critical, less-commonly taught languages. We have scoured the internet to find the best dictionaries, books, and online resources to help you improve your language skills.

We provide guidance to language professionals all across the nation. Our job board provides up to date job postings from companies looking for language talent, and we have direct connections with recruiters so we can effectively get resumes into the right hands. We aim to make the job hunt easier and faster for both the language recruiters and language job seekers.

Our Story

Our Story

We understand how hard it is to learn one of these languages. Just like you, we sat through those introductory level language classes wondering "why are they teaching us 'I want to work at the United Nations' before teaching us how to properly order food at a restaurant?"

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Garrett and Drew met while studying Arabic at Indiana University in 2012. Together, we spent hours upon hours outside of class practicing, doing homework, and trying to supplement classroom materials. We even developed our own reference and tip sheets.

Using just the barebones textbooks wasn’t going to cut it; yes, it was going to help us make high marks, but it certainly wasn’t going to help us speak like a native. We needed more. More time, more resources, (and most importantly) more language.

As we advanced, we continued to send each other links, shared responsibility in buying extra textbooks, and found YouTube and music videos to keep thinking about the language (even outside of class). We began sharing these resources with classmates and included them in the daily study sessions. This became the unofficial start of Critical Language Mentor.

We kept these lessons in mind as we moved on to study other languages. As Garrett transitioned into the civilian sector, he suggested we pay it forward and help future language students by making these resources available to the public and compile them all in one place. Combining Garrett’s military and contracting experience with Drew’s civilian and nonprofit experience, we have found resources to help students who want to transfer their skills to the military, intelligence, and civilian worlds.

As Critical Language Mentor continues to develop, Garrett and Drew find new resources to help language students who are focusing on critical, less-commonly taught languages. From Job Boards to podcasts, CLM is working to provide every language student with the tools they need to succeed and thrive.

Meet the Team

We want every language learner—from a college freshman to a government analyst—to excel and understand their language.
We've been there. We've spent hours upon hours working to finish our homework, trying to understand the I'raab, or trying to understand what that spotty radio broadcast is saying. We don't want you to have the same experiences we did. It should be easier.

Garrett Guinivan



An officer in the US Army, Garrett commissioned through Indiana University’s Army ROTC program while obtaining a graduate degree in Near Eastern Languages and Cultures.

Garrett runs a 501(c)3 military non-profit called Wish for our Heroes, and also runs Mil2CivMentor, a mentorship service for transition military finding jobs in the civilian world.

Andrew Szparaga


Vice President

Drew graduated from Indiana University with degrees in Political Science and Near Eastern Languages and Cultures after studying Arabic, Persian, and Kurdish.

Drew is committed to the teaching and learning of foreign languages and cultures, and is a strong proponent of international exchanges. He is currently serving as an English Teacher with the Peace Corps.

What are you waiting for?

Start learning today. Your language skills will thank you.