Like many people in the UK, I started learning my first language (French) when I started secondary school (a.k.a. high school), at the age of 11. A year later, I was given the choice of taking up either German or Spanish; I chose German which I carried on learning for 4 years. I loved French so much that I carried it on at university alongside yet another language: Russian! Now that was quite a different challenge, but an awesome one. I spent a year in Russia as part of my degree, which happens also to be when I got together with my partner in crime, Clare!
Along the way, I’ve tried out other languages – Turkish, Mandarin (Chinese), Arabic – and I intend to carry on learning languages forever! This is part of the inspiration for Lingua Centra, making it a labour of love for the both of us. We both found it difficult to find language schools and learning resources that we could compare easily, so we took it upon ourselves to create a website that aims to make any language available to anybody, anywhere, and on any budget.
I’m also the web designer for this crazy project! I might write a bit more about this another time, but, I’ll give a brief explanation here. As with many start-ups, we decided to do as much as we can ourselves, so I went ahead and learnt how to run a server, how to code (front-end and back-end for you techies out there), and so on. It’s been a challenge (!) but it’s incredibly rewarding. So, if you head over to our website, you can see our progress so far, hope you find it useful for your language learning journey! If you have any feedback, ping me an email or leave comments here 🙂