I began speaking English many years ago as I’m a native English speaker born in Sydney Australia. I grew up in a coastal town in New South Wales with my parents and older sister. When I was sixteen years old I won a scholarship to Hungary for a year. During that time I learnt Hungarian and passed the University of Szeged Hungarian Language exam, Intermediate level. I also learnt much about Hungarian history, culture and people and have been captivated by the country ever since. After High School I attended University in Brisbane where I graduated in the top 10% of students with a dual degree in Psychology and Criminology.
Over my years of education I have had the opportunity to learn five languages each in a different way although after the years some have become more than a little hazy. I also come from a family of linguists including my mother who is a Japanese and ESL teacher in Australia. Even though I speak English I love learning about people and different cultures through their own language ‘the more languages you speak the more people you can meet’.
Being from Australia I have the unique perspective of having exposure to both British and American English. In addition to being a native speaker I have English teaching qualifications in the form of Cambridge University Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults (CELTA). I have taught many different styles of classes, from conversational, to exam prep to teens. I strive to make my lessons comfortable, engaging and fun for my students where it’s safe to make mistakes. We usually end up talking and laughing a lot but I’m not afraid of offering them new challenges.