Welcome to Intrepid English, Cynthia!
Thank you! It's great to join the Intrepid English team.
Can you tell us a little about yourself?
I was born in a small town in the USA with more chickens than people. I fell in love with foreign languages at school and completed a bachelor’s and master’s in Russian. While living in Russia as a student I began to teach English and fell in love with that too!
Tell me about your experience teaching in Russia
It was a wild and complex experience. The educational system is so different from the west that I had to learn to teach in a different style. It was very beneficial and made me a better teacher.
What do you like most about learning languages?
I love learning a new word or phrase that is unusual or very different from my native language. And I love that no matter how advanced you are, that you can still learn something new.
What's the hardest thing about learning a language?
The absolute hardest part about learning a new language is having the confidence to make mistakes. Children are not afraid to sound stupid or be wrong, but for adults, this is much harder. We would rather be quiet and correct than loud and wrong!
What advice would you give to English language learners?
My best advice is to try many different ways of experiencing the language. Find a book that you like to read, a website that helps you and a teacher you like. Combine several different approaches and you will learn much more quickly. The way that works for you is the one that gives you the confidence to make mistakes and learn from trying.
What do you like most about living in the UK?
I have lived in three cities in the UK: Belfast, Liverpool and Edinburgh. Of the three Edinburgh is by far my favorite. There is always something going on-some performance or concert or festival. The food is incredible and there are many restaurants and food stalls from around the world. British cuisine is often limited to sandwiches and fried meats, but in Edinburgh, there is so much more!
What is your favourite way of learning a foreign language?
It has to be cartoons. I love watching cartoons in a foreign language as it is an easy and fun way to learn conversational language at an understandable level.
Is there anything else you'd like to say to our Intrepid English students?
I am excited to help you improve your English and especially to unravel any mysteries about English grammar!
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