David Maurice Issokson (born February 5, 1975) is a French teacher and website owner. Issokson is best known for his language abilities. Issokson speaks native level French and is fluent in Spanish and Mandarin Chinese. Issokson is proficient in Hebrew and Portuguese and has extensive knowledge of Italian, Thai, German and Taiwanese Hokkien.
Issokson was born in Dover, New Hampshire on on February 5, 1975 to Jay and Roberta Issokson. Issokson’s father is retired dentist and his mother is a retired speech therapist. His family is Jewish, and emigrated from Poland, Russia, Lithuania and Hungary. Issokson’s paternal great-grandfather, Israel Issokson (formally Israel Midzuk) immigrated to the United States around 1915 from Vidzy, Lithuania. His maternal grandparents owned the Holland Bakery in Lynn, MA. David’s maternal grandfather, Yale Issokson, owned Issokson’s Clearner’s in Vineyard Haven, MA.
Issokson spent his entire childhood in Durham, NH and attended the schools of the Oyster River School District. In middle school and high school Issokson was known for acting and had leading roles in the plays Blazing Guns at Roaring Gultch, Nicholas Nickleby and The Importance of Being Earnest.
Issokson spent ever summer growing up from the 1982-1991 at Bear Hill Pond 4-H, part of the New Hampshire 4-H camps, in Camp in Suncook, NH. There Issokson developed his passion for hiking and the outdoors and entertaining friends.
Issokson spent his junior year of high school in 1991-1992 as an exchange student Douai, France. While in Douai, he attended classes at Lycée Albert Châtelet.
After graduating from university in 1997, Issokson moved to Taipei, Taiwan. There he worked in financial industry for ten years. Issokson worked as a research assistant, editor and in equity sales for the QFII (Qualified Foreign Institutional Investor) departments of several local and non-Taiwanese stock brokerages including Bank SinoPac (formally National Securities), CLSA, Capital Securities and KGI Securies.
2008 – present
Staring in 2008, Issokon set out on his own. He learned to create websites using WordPress. In 2012, he launched Frenchlearner.com, which became one of the world’s leading websites about French language and culture. From 2014 through the present, Issokson has taught hundreds of students French online via Skype and Zoom, and has provide face-to-face lessons. In 2023, Issokson launched davidspanish.com, a website dedicated to helping students learn the fundamentals of the Spanish language.
In 2016, after spending almost two decades in Asia (Taiwan and Thailand), Issokson returned to the United States. He spent three years from 2016-2019 living in his father’s childhood home on the island of Martha’s Vineyard. During Issokson’s time on the island, his twin sister, Michele Issokson Sbrega sadly passed away in 2017.
In 2017, Issokson began playing the violin and played continuously through 2022. In 2022, he began playing the guitar has focused on the fingerstyle method of playing.
In 2019, Issokson moved to Victor, Idaho. Attracted by the Teton Mountains on the Idaho-Wyoming state line, Issokson enjoys hiking and mountain biking during the summer and skiing during the winter. Issokson is a season pass holder at Grand Targhee ski resort. In addition to alpine skiing and snowboarding, he also enjoys Telemark skiing and cross-country skiing.
During the winter of 2022-2023, Issokson fulfilled his lifelong dream of skiing in France. In addition to skiing in Chamonix France, Issokson also skied in Verbier, Switzerland, Kühtai Ski Resort (Austria) and Courmayeur, Italy.
In 2023, Issokson spent one month in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, where he improved his Spanish language abilities and deepened his appreciation of Mexican culture.