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Welcome to Lingo Mama – I am so glad you are here. I’m Penny – a language and travel loving Mum from Australia. I love language learning and travel so much that I combine the two experiences and go on language learning holidays or trips. The immersion aspect of language learning trips is what I really love. I’m not really the ‘sit on the beach for 2 weeks’ kind of gal…


I help adults and families to embrace language learning and language travel, especially in Asia/Pacific!


I travel (at least pre-pandemic!) with my husband – Nathan (aka Lingo Dada) and our 4-year-old daughter Eliza – Lingo Bubba. And we have a new addition to the family – Sophie, now almost 2 years old. We all love the thrill of discovering a new place and we feel especially at home in Asia.


I started Lingo Mama because of my passion for both language and travel and want to share this with other people, especially parents.

It IS possible to keep travelling and learning languages even as a busy parent.

I have always loved learning languages since learning French in primary school to electing to stay back after school in high school to study Japanese!


After high school, I spent a year living in Viet Nam. When I came back to Australia I’d changed my university course to a Bachelor of Languages with a major in Vietnamese and a minor in Japanese. I continued to an honours year in Asian Studies with a focus on Vietnamese.


After uni, I still felt my language wasn’t up to scratch so I headed back to Viet Nam for another six months of study and work in Saigon.

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Realising I wasn’t going to make it as an interpreter or translator (not diligent enough?!) and not dreaming of being a teacher I studied a Masters of Tourism.


My goal has always to find a way of combining my love of languages with travel and work – so tourism was a no-brainer for me.  I got too comfortable in positions that didn’t involve any travel or engagement with Asia, until I left tourism for a job in the wine industry.


Here my passion for Chinese language was ignited. In 2013 I received a Hamer Scholarship from the Victorian Government in Australia. This fantastic program enables professionals who have a passion or role involving Asia to study the language in China, Korea, Indonesia or Japan.


I headed to Nanjing, China in early 2013 ready to tackle one of the hardest languages in the world!

Over the past few years (30 + years) I have studied Chinese, Vietnamese, Japanese, French, Estonian, Spanish, Indonesian and Italian. All to a varied level!

My current goal for 2021 is to rejuvenate my university Japanese.

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