In the last decades, foreign language learning has been downgraded in many European countries. There seems to be a general feeling that English is sufficient as a global lingua franca. In many ways it is. But is «sufficient» good enough? We should take a closer look at the benefits of multi-lingualism.
There are many good reasons for learning languages. Language skills give you a competitive advantage in job applications, whatever your profession, and enhance your communication skills – even in your mother tongue.
I have near lifelong experience with foreign language acquisition. I can tell you why life as a multi-linguist is richer, more interesting, and definitely more fun.
I give talks clean of statistics and graphics. It is not about cold facts and figures – it is about good stories and experiences. My talks are interactive: I challenge my audience to participate. Together we explore answers to questions about what, how, why, where, when and with whom. We break down barriers and bust a few myths.
Language is much more than vocabulary and grammar. Body language, mimicry, voice and cultural understanding are natural aspects of my talks. I will speak about anything language-related you will let me.
Every age group, whatever profession or cultural background, benefits from language learning. I will happily talk with all of them – whether small groups or large conventions.
I can do talks in several languages – preferably one at a time.
Liceo linguistico di Cefalù
22 April 2015
If I’m going to motivate people to learn languages and to courageously use them whenever they have the opportunity, I might as well set a good example and do my first talk in a language that I started learning as a holiday hobby less than three years ago. My Italian grammar is wobbly and pace-wise I stand no chance of keeping up with Sicilians. However, my extraordinary audience put me at ease from the start. What was originally planned as a 45-minute session turned into a 90-minute energising interaction with lots of interesting input and good stories. Thanks, 4B, this was great fun!
Small Steps Giant Leaps: TEDx Trondheim
Byscenen, 31 May 2015
I had the honour of hosting the TEDx Trondheim event. It was a pleasure to present many great speakers! For more information on TEDx Trondheim, click here.