I travel with my husband – Nathan (aka Lingo Dada) and our 17-month-old daughter Eliza – Lingo Bubba. We all love the thrill of discovering a new place and we feel especially at home in Asia.
I started this blog 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 Italian as a 5 year old primary school kid 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 uni course to a Bachelor of Languages with a major in Vietnamese and a minor in Japanese. I continued to anHonours year in Asian Studies at the ANU with my 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.
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, Indonesian and Italian. All to a varied level!
I have an intermediate grasp of Chinese (Mandarin), beginner level Vietnamese now sadly and basic Japanese.
My goal is to keep studying Chinese, pick up Vietnamese again and a 3rd and 4th and 5th language along the way….!
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