Marissa Blaszko

Marissa Blaszko


Marissa is a Polish-American commercial artist who began learning Spanish in 2017 to better work with Latinx clients in the greater Boston area. Since, she's learned half a dozen other languages and most notably stared relearning her native language as an adult, documenting her process on YouTube and her website. She holds her Bachelor's in Art with a focus on visual art and English from Central Connecticut State University and her current work focuses on the popularization of academic research through content creation.

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Instagram: @multilingualmarissa

María Ortega García

María Ortega García

María Ortega García is a trained, certified, and experienced Spanish teacher and Embodied Language coach, with a Bachelor in Humanities (Applied Languages) and an M.A in Scenery Arts. She is a Spanish grammar expert who loves exploring creativity, culture, self-inquiry, and self-expression in the target language as a way to reach a deep personal transformation through the experience of learning languages.

María organizes experiential events where you can "embody" the language from day one. She has published the book "Weaving Words: The Alchemy of Languages" where she talks about a transformational and introspective approach to language learning.

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Instagram: @maria.ortega.garcia

Shanthi Cumaraswamy Streat

Shanthi Cumaraswamy Streat

Shanthi Cumaraswamy Streat is a Business English Coach who helps senior business professionals communicate more effectively in English with their international colleagues and clients.


Her teaching method focuses not on grammar and vocabulary but on uncovering and breaking your harmful communication patterns and developing new, more effective habits that will boost your confidence and help you become your confident self while communicating in English at work.

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Instagram: @englishwithatwist

Facebook: Englishwithatwist

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Aline Sara

Aline Sara


In 2015, in light of the challenging work situation for the million+ Syrian refugees in Lebanon, and while searching for ways to practice her own Arabic skills, Aline came up with the idea for NaTakallam. Aline Sara is the co-founder and CEO of NaTakallam, an award-winning social enterprise that connects refugees and displaced persons with work opportunities in the language sector through the freelance economy. Winner of the World Bank Youth Summit, Regional Winner of the MIT Inclusive Innovation Challenge, Asia, and one of the top 3 MENA finalists for the Cartier Women’s Initiative among other competitions/awards, Sara has overseen the growth of NaTakallam from a small startup to a globally recognized organization that has distributed over $800,000 in self-earned income to refugees and displaced people.

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Twitter: @ambirouge

Facebook: aline.sara.5

Mari Polyglot

Mari Polyglot

Mari was born and raised in Venezuela. She's been obsessed with discovering the world ever since she can remember. She's been living in Europe for the last four years, her most current home is The Netherlands. She says she'll stay there forever. But she said the same about Belgium and Spain. I guess only time will tell. 


She helps aspiring polyglots and language learners to create language learning plans to learn multiple languages at once and be more consistent while having fun.

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Twitter: @MariPolyglot

Instagram @Maripolyglot

Facebook: Maripolyglot

Youtube: Maripolyglot

Sarah Barrett

Sarah Barrett

Sarah is a married mum of three, with a serious addiction to language learning. She started learning languages in school, married a German speaker; and passed on her love of languages and other cultures to her children. She loves to sing in other languages, in fact that is her favourite way to learn. She loves the way languages bring people together, and will often learn a few words of another language so she can use them with those she meets day to day.

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Twitter: Lingotasticuk

Instagram: Lingotasticuk

Facebook: Sarah Barrett

Esther Ciganda

Esther Ciganda

Esther was born in Washington State to immigrant parents from Navarra, Spain, where she grew up learning Spanish at home and English at school. She was driven to learn Basque because first it'd been forbidden to learn for her mom and because her dad along with all his family spoke Basque.

For 16 years, Esther was a high school teacher in the USA. Since 2014, she's been teaching English in Spain.

After 22 years of classroom teaching, she decided to take on a new challenge in 2020 and take her skills to the online scene.

She's also one of the leaders of the United States Federation of Pelota. She's been fortunate to not only play in several World Cup tournaments, but also serve as the Team Leader for Pelota Vasca in two Pan American Games.

Instagram: basqueinlanguages

Jamila Ball, Esq.

Jamila Ball, Esq.

Jamila Ball, Esq. works internationally as the Founder of Jamii Linguists, a multilingual communications department for freedom fighters. With her 18+ years as a Spanish linguist, she specializes in Black-centric language coaching that promotes intercultural connections in the African diaspora.


She obtained her Certificate in Simultaneous Interpretation from Howard University, including training at the United Nations in New York City. Jamila has a law degree and graduate certificate in international human rights from the University of Connecticut School Of Law. 


Jamila speaks English, Spanish, French, and Portuguese at varying levels. Her family includes Afroestadounidenses, Trinidadians, Afro-Colombianos; and she’s lived in Germany, Argentina, and South Africa.

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Twitter: jamii_linguists

Instagram: @jamii_linguists

Facebook: Jamii.linguists

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Silvia Perrone

Silvia Perrone


Silvia is a teacher, author, content creator, blogger, reader, language learner, jewelry maker, aperitivo lover, summer at the beach type of girl. She publishes stories, podcasts, videos, but she's an introvert.

Because she's extremely curious, she has always found it hard to just use the same old materials to learn a language. So that’s why she writes stories and leads workshops to help you learn Italian creatively and at your own pace.

Website

Instagram: silvia_italearn

Facebook: Italearn

Podcast: Con Parole Nostre

Devy Basley

Devy Baseley


Raised bilingual in Paris, Devy - pronounced ‘Tey-vee’ - has spent exactly half her life in France and half jumping between English-speaking countries (Ireland, UK, now Australia).

Devy is a: 

Language learning cheerleader – French language school founder– Qualified English and French teacher of 25+ years– Growth mindset believer - Immersion retreat organiser – Busy mummy – Expat wife – Lifelong learner - Travel and adventure lover and Self-confessed cheese addict

When she’s not teaching, designing a course for her students or planning her next family adventure, you'll find her chatting with friends over a glass of red, studying Spanish or curled up on a couch with a personal development book and a huge mug of Irish breakfast tea.

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Facebook: Frenchspeak

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Elva Ambia & Jessica Huancacuri

Elva Ambia & Jessica Huancacuri 


Elva Ambia was born a native Quechua speaker in Huancavelica, Peru and was raised in Chincheros, Apurimic. She has lived in New York City for over 50 years. Elva is a committed educator, activist, and Andean music singer. She is also the co-founder of The Quechua Collective of New York. She has worked tirelessly throughout her life in order to persevere and diffuse the Quechua language through workshops, cultural events, and educational programming


Jessica Huancacuri was born in the Apurimic region of Peru, and adopted at the age of three months to The United States. She holds a masters degree in psychology, is the assistant director of The Quechua Collective of New York, and is a PhD candidate at New York University in the Developmental Psychology program. Her research focuses on the intersection of culture, language, and STEM in indigenous Quechua speaking communities in Latin America.

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Instagram: quechuacollective

Facebook: QuechuaCollective

lucrezia oddone

Lucrezia Oddone 


Lucrezia is a certified teacher for Italian as a second language. She is based in Rome and works mainly as an online language tutor and content creator for her YouTube channel dedicated to Italian language, culture and lifestyle, called "Learn Italian with Lucrezia". 

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Instagram: @lucreziaoddone

Angela Pegarella

Angela Pegarella


Angela is a business development specialist based in Pennsylvania. She speaks Spanish, French, and Brazilian Portuguese to various levels and studies Korean and Polish for fun. As a language enthusiast, she encourages others to follow their language learning dreams through her YouTube channel, PassionforDreaming, by sharing language advice and personal experiences. She believes that language learning is a combination of finding the right resources for you, grit, and the right mindset.

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Twitter: @passionforlang

Instagram: @passionforlang

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Sara Maria Hasbun

Sara Maria Hasbun

Sara Maria Hasbun is an American linguist (language specialist) based in Beijing. She is the founder of Meridian Linguistics, a consulting firm offering Asian language data and translation services to technology companies. Sara Maria is passionate about language learning, Asia, globalization, and language technology, and speaks and writes frequently on these topics.

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Twitter: @mslinguistic

Instagram: @misslinguistic

Facebook: misslinguistic

Elfin Waters

Elfin Waters


Elfin is an Italian language coach based in Cremona. 

She helps Italophiles escape the culture of busyness by soaking in la Bella Lingua in small, irresistible sips and constantly bring some dolce vita into the day.

With her friends and fellow Italian teachers, Silvia and Barbara, she's also co-founder of Con Parole Nostre, a podcast full of friendly, authentic chats in Italian giving a glimpse of what Italy really is.

With Barbara Rocci, she also hosts monthly Cook&Chat classes that are an opportunity to live the warmth of an Italian kitchen without moving from home. 

She loves cats, dogs and cappuccinos. She lusts languages. 

Website

Instagram: @allaboutitalian

Podcast: Con Parole Nostre

Dr Kami Anderson

Dr Kami J Anderson

Dr. Kami (pronounced kah-MEE) Anderson is an interculturalist, scholar and language advocate. Originally from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Dr. Anderson has always kept a tight grip on her passion and compassion for others and difference through language. Her primary focus is family empowerment through language with an emphasis on application and confidence. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Spanish from Spelman College, a Master’s degree in International Affairs/Interdisciplinary Studies in International Communication and Anthropology from American University and a PhD in Communication and Culture from Howard University.  

Dr. Kami Anderson is the founder and CEO of Bilingual Brown Babies and creator of a revolutionary online program that meets Black families where they are in their journey to bilingualism. She’s a passionate life-long teacher and the go-to girl when it comes to language, Blackness and identity. 

Website

Twitter: @blackawyfrmhome / @bilingualbrownbabies

Instagram: @blackawyfrmhome / @bilingualbrownbabies

Facebook: Kami Jamila


Sarah Jamieson

Sarah Jamieson

Sarah has been teaching English as a foreign language since 2009. A long and varied career has taken her to many places – China, Tanzania, Belgium, Colombia, the UK, Poland, Spain and Italy. She now lives in beautiful Perth in the centre of Scotland. She has taught online since 2016 and also works as a Translator. In her spare time she travels around the world and develops her foreign languages. She is also passionate about volunteering for charitable causes both in Scotland and the international remit. She is currently completing a Master's degree in Translation in order to expand her professional repertoire. 

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Twitter: @sarahejamieson

Instagram: @sarahejamieson

Facebook: Sarahejamieson

Desta Haile

Desta Haile


Bangkok-born British-Eritrean vocalist and educator, Desta Haile, is hoping to revolutionise language-learning with Languages through Music. She is proud to be co-founder of the Sisters Only Language Summit.

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Twitter: @langthrumus

Instagram:@languagesthroughmusic

Facebook: Languagesthroughmusic

Ifunanya Nwanonyiri

Ifunanya Nwanonyiri


Ifunanya Nwanonyiri, a recent graduate in Doctor of Physical Therapy, has been an avid lover of traveling, languages, and different cultures especially those on the African continent. In the past few years she has been able to make great strides in learning her native language of Igbo and has invited others along with on her journey. In doing so, she has not only continued to improve in her language skills, but has also helped others jumpstart their own learning and has created a space for a greater community of individuals looking to uplift and uphold their Igbo culture to often threatened by Westernization. 

Website

Twitter: Igbo Podcast

Instagram: @igbopodcast

Facebook: Igbopodcast

Chesline Pierre-Paul

Chesline Pierre-Paul

A life, language and creativity coach, they look to ways to decolonize, co-create, deconstruct, and challenge the ways we learn, grow, and hold space as agents of culture and of self-creation. Fluent in 5 languages without ever having traveled, they look to self-disruptive inconspicuous ways of developing fluency & literacy through creation, innovation, and micro-focused action-driven steps. 


Currently working on their digital creation-research MA project on transracial oral Indigenous cultures, language is the gateway drug to how they do, live, and create agency through language. Everything they do is human-centered, actionable, and decolonial in spirit. How to quintessentially decolonize education/language coaching? How to bring holism into that reality? How to create safe-r spaces of r/evolution? How to use disruption and transdisciplinary thinking in language coaching? As a coach and member of the DPPH collective, they share their insights on all of the above.

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Facebook: Chesline Pierre-Paul

Lina Vasquez

Lina Vasquez


Lina Vasquez is a Latvian-Australian personal development coach, polyglot, YouTuber, speaker and entrepreneur. Having been immersed in a multicultural environment from a young age, she studied law and languages in Australia and Germany to now speaks a total of eight at various levels. She is passionate about embracing the holisticism of human beings and questioning the status quo. She ties together neuroscience, positive psychology with NLP and linguisitcs in her coaching - mentoring others to enrich their lives and be successful; not only in languages but in their own identity, career and relationships. She runs two YouTube channels; Lina Vasquez Learning, Fala com Lina as well as a multilingual account called Monthlyglot. 

Youtube

Instagram: @_linavasquez / @monthlyglot

Facebook: linavasquezofficial

danae florou

Danae Florou


Danae Florou is a Greek online teacher who loves a good chat over coffee in her Athens neighbourhood and warm, sunny days in nature. She studied Greek language & literature and second language learning in Greece, France and Canada and she's mom to two bilingual children.

Website

Instagram: @alphabetagreek

Facebook: alphabetagreek

Gabriela Simmons

Gabriela Simmons


Gaby, is a German/Peruvian now living in Hong Kong. She is the Founder of TimTimTom Books. a tech start-up offering dual language customized books for kids. She speaks Spanish, English and German fluently and tries her luck at French, Italian, Portuguese and Mandarin. She is crazy about languages and children's books and has her then 3-year old's blunt judgment of her horrible on-the-fly-translation skills (her words, not ours) to thank for the motivation to create TimTimTom Books. TimTimTom's goal is to motivate kids to enjoy reading, even in their not so strong language.


TimTimTom Books has been featured in El Mundo, one of Spain’s leading newspapers, as one of the top 10 most original presents for kids.


Prior to becoming an entrepreneur, a majority of Gaby’s career was focused in Advertising working for BBDO in Duesseldorf, AMV/BBDO in London, BBDO/Tiempo in Barcelona/Madrid and Avenue Advertising in Frankfurt.

Gaby holds a B.S. from Cornell University, USA and an MBA from INSEAD, France.

Website

Twitter: @timtimtombooks

Instagram: @timtimtombooks

Facebook: timtimtombooks

Erin Morgan (Polyglot Erin)

Erin Morgan (Polyglot Erin)


Erin grew up in a small monolingual town in rural Maryland, USA. Wanting to explore the world, she began studying Spanish at age 13. Erin studied Arabic and French in college, completed a MA in Islamic History, began a PhD in Iranian Linguistics, and taught Arabic for several years. Throughout her studies, Erin traveled to Peru, Jordan, Israel and Palestine, Armenia, Georgia, the Netherlands, and Belgium. She now works as a translator and private teacher in the US, sharing her love for Western and Central Asia, historical linguistics, and language contact. She also enjoys music, cooking, and her dog, Bella.

Twitter: @polygloterin

Instagram: @polygloterin

Facebook: polygloterin

Youtube: Polyglot Erin

Teresa Tak

Teresa Tak 

Teresa Tak, also known as Rae, is a language influencer, coach and writer. Originally born in Kingston, Jamaica they have been traveling the world and learning about languages and culture since 12 years old, when they first ventured to Japan. They were the youngest person to ever receive a certificate for Japanese in their country with top marks, and taught Korean and Spanish with the International Youth Fellowship from the age of 16. Currently, Rae is running an online polyglot magazine and tutoring service online. 

Website

Twitter: @takteresa_

Instagram: @raes_tea / @raes_sources

Youtube: livluvlang

Barbara Rocci

Barbara Rocci


Barbara is a professional Italian language teacher. She helps students to speak more spontaneously through conversations courses. She is has a certificate DITALS and an MA in didactics. She has been teaching offline and now online for more than 13 years.

She is passionate about the Italian spoken language and she also brings learners to her region, the Marche, to discover Italy off the track and practice the language “in the move”. She has a membership the “Italian Speakers Society”.

She runs a podcast with other two colleagues (Elfin Waters and Silvia Perrone” called “Con parole nostre”, authentic conversations in Italian. 

Food, wine and traditions are always her favourite subjects for connecting learners with the real language. Indeed, she also runs “Cook &Chat”, language and cooking sessions with Elfin (@allaboutitalian).

Website

Instagram: @time_to_be_italian

Facebook: timetobeitalian

Youtube

Jessica Tefenkgi Ruelle

Jessica Tefenkgi Ruelle


Jessica is a mindful life coach through French. She helps introverts reveal their authentic selves and create a balanced life through the unique perspective that offers a new language.


Raised as a bilingual in a multicultural background in Belgium as an adopted child, she's always been fascinated by the link between languages, cultures and identities. As a teenager she started journaling in English and discovered an outlet where to express and explore her thoughts and emotions. English has therefore been her way to understand herself and at the same time to develop her language skills. Today, she speaks French, Italian, English, Spanish and a bit of Dutch. She studied modern languages and literature in Brussels, did a post MA in education and then became an English teacher, a career she left 13 years later when she founded her own online concept: French Sunny Side. She is now also an accredited life coach and meditation teacher. In her free time, she loves reading, writing, doing yoga and travelling the world. 

Website

Instagram: @frenchsunnyside

Facebook: Frenchsunnyside

Eliza Simpson

Eliza Simpson


Eliza's recent dialect coach credits include Netflix's Tall Girl, the upcoming sequel to Fantastic Beasts, and Justin Chon's new film Blue Bayou with Alicia Vikander.

Eliza is a dialect coach for production and private clients, as well as a certified teacher of Knight Thompson Speechwork. She coaches performers from across the globe for film, TV, stage, voiceover, spokes-modeling, and corporate events. Eliza is a proud graduate of Rutgers University and a member of the Voice and Speech Trainers Association. When she's not on set or at rehearsal, she works in conjunction with acting conservatories like HB Studios, American Academy of Dramatic Arts, NYU, and the New School to assist actors in mastering accent skills.

Website

Twitter: @dialects_Now

Instagram: @dialects_now

Facebook: Eliza.m.simpson

Youtube

plus Special Panel Guest Emma Green


Emma Green is Senior Commissioning Editor for Languages at John Murray Learning, home of Teach Yourself and Michel Thomas language courses.

She has published a range of books in modern, ancient, endangered and constructed languages, and is passionate about promoting languages and the value of language learning.

With over ten years’ experience of working in the languages arena, she graduated from Oxford University with a degree in French and German, and a PGCE in MFL, and has since taught languages at secondary school level, worked in educational publishing and qualification development for languages in the UK, and taken classes in Spanish, Mandarin, Esperanto, and Scots.

Arabic is next on the list!

Twitter: @emma_j_green