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Are you interested in hearing people speak about their own social, psychological and educational experiences with languages? Or are you Star Wars and Star Trek fan?

Each Friday we launch a new interview with a great individual and question them about their own experience, both positive and negative, with languages. We want to prove that there are so many careers out there for linguists and they are not just restricted to being language teachers or translators.

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By Passport / October 14, 2016

Dr Anastasios Pagiaslis – Lecturer and Poet

-What languages can you speak and how did you come to learn them? I was born in Greece so Greek...

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By Passport / October 7, 2016

Amanda Barnes- Travel Writer

Amanda Barnes (www.amandabarnes.co.uk) is a professional wine and travel writer and is currently traveling the world discovering and sharing what...

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By Passport / September 30, 2016

Alexa Weber Morales- Bilingual Songwriter and Artist

-You are fluent in Spanish, French, Portuguese and English. How old were you when you came around to learning all...

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By Passport / September 23, 2016

William Bauer- Entrepreneur at Royce Leather

Find out more about William and his family business here: http://mashable.com/2015/09/25/royce-leather-family-business/#YErRAquI.kqE  http://www.entrepreneur.com/author/william-bauer  -You completed your Master’s degree in Paris a...

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By Passport / September 16, 2016

Mike Whaites-Bilingual Entrepreneur

-Please introduce yourself to our readers and describe your current occupation I’m Mike Whaites, the founder of MJW Embroidery (www.mjwembroidery.co.uk)...

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By Passport / September 9, 2016

Anna Kazumi Stahl- Writer and Professor

Anna covers some themes at her TEDx talk here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hO5BkQrLT_U She can be contacted via her email: annakazumistahl@gmail.com -Please introduce yourself to...

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By Passport / September 1, 2016

Gustavo Perez Firmat- Cuban Author, Poet and Professor

For more information about Gustavo's work visit his website: www.gustavoperezfirmat.com -You were born in Cuba but brought up in America, how...

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By Passport / August 26, 2016

George Szirtes, Hungarian born Poet and Translator

-You arrived in England in the 1950’s as a young refugee, how do you feel this shaped you as a...

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By Passport / August 19, 2016

Roxana Jullapat- A highly acclaimed Chef in Los Angeles

-What languages do you speak and how did this impact your upbringing as a child? I speak, read and write...

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By Passport / August 6, 2016

Alex Somervell- Second Half of One Third Stories

This week we spoke to Alex, the second half of One Third Stories. Alex and Jonny met when Alex moved...

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By Passport / July 28, 2016

Dr Paul Frommer- Creator of the Na’vi Language

Dr Paul Frommer is currently an associate producer for a documentary about language constructors, find out more at: www.conlangingfilm.com For...

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By Passport / July 23, 2016

Dr Judy Clegg- Senior Lecturer in Human Communication Sciences, University of Sheffield

-Do you believe that social disadvantage has the ability to significantly influence the impact of other aspects of a child’s...

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By Passport / July 15, 2016

Award-Winning Bilingual Children’s Author Ann Morris

How did you become bilingual? I started studying Spanish in High School, where Spanish was the only language my school...

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By Passport / July 8, 2016

Jasone Cenoz – Professor of Research Methods in Education

What languages do you speak and how did this impact your passion in researching bilingualism and education? I speak Basque,...

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By Passport / July 1, 2016

Ana Silva – English Learner to English Teacher

 Ana Cristina Silva is Portuguese and graduated in Clinical Psychology. She decided to move to England after meeting her partner,...

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By Passport / June 25, 2016

Philip Harding-Esch – Languages Project Consultant

This week we spoke to Philip Harding-Esch, involved in the All Party Parliamentary Group on Modern Languages, who was brought...

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By Passport / June 17, 2016

Jonny Pryn – Co-Founder of One Third Stories

Jonny Pryn is a University of Nottingham graduate and one half of the team behind One Third Stories, an innovative...

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By Passport / June 10, 2016

Stephanie Green – Academic Services Manager at KCL

This week we spoke to Stephanie Green, the Academic Services Manager at King's College London who kindly answered some of...

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By Passport / June 6, 2016

Lizzie Fane, Director of ThirdYearAbroad.com

Please describe your job and your company I run ThirdYearAbroad.com which is a huge community of students who are interested...

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By Passport / May 27, 2016

Barbara Zurer Pearson, Ph.D. Amherst MA

    What can the UK (or anyone!?) do to increase bilingualism among young people? For young people to become...

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By Passport / May 20, 2016

Professor David Crystal, a lecturer, linguist and author of ‘The Cambridge Encyclopedia of Language’

-What languages do you speak and how did you come to speak them? With total fluency? English only. Welsh as...

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By Passport / May 14, 2016

Nick Clegg, Deputy Prime Minister (at the time)

"Whatever age you are, the opportunity to learn a new language can open up a whole new world to you....

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By Passport / May 14, 2016

David J. Peterson, creator of the Dothraki and Valyrian languages in Game of Thrones

'A lot more people are becoming bilingual with their language and English, and English people are becoming less bilingual..' In...

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By Passport / May 14, 2016

Marc Okrand, the creator of the language Klingon in Star Trek

Hi Mark, firstly thank you so much for your time, it means a lot to us! -What were your main...

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By Passport / May 14, 2016

Emily Maitlis from the BBC

We understand that you are multilingual, a speaker of English, French, Spanish and Italian. As a child, how did you...

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By Passport / May 14, 2016

Seana Talbot, president of the NCT charity

'You don’t have to be fluent for it to make a difference' In an interview with Judith, Seana Talbot reflects...

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By Passport / May 14, 2016

Tom Lansdowne, Co-founder and Managing Director of London Accent

"Communicating in a client’s mother tongue can act as your company’s competitive advantage.." In an interview with Tom Lansdowne the...

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By Passport / May 14, 2016

Nick from Fortune 1000 company McCormick and Company

"Languages are a critical enabler to brands and businesses succeeding across borders." How did you come to speak a second...

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By Passport / May 14, 2016

Chava Eichner, mother to two bilingual boys

"Speaking another language is, without a doubt, the best way to really understand and appreciate another culture." Passport team member, Katrina...

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By Passport / May 14, 2016

Manuel Jenni, technology company Alcatel-Lucent

"The earlier you learn additional languages the better. The younger you are the easier it is to learn a new...

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By Passport / May 14, 2016

Emma Pedley, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) nurse and Learning and Development trainer

Emma Pedley spoke to Tom about her experiences working across the globe and life on the medical front line. (Please...

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By Passport / May 14, 2016

Diana Boulter, founder and Managing Director of DBA

"In my experience and in my professional life, languages - and the ability to communicate clearly - are really important."...

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By Passport / May 14, 2016

François Grosjean, a retired professor and author

'The main factor leading to the development of a language is the need for that language' This week, we had...

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By Passport / May 14, 2016

Philip Last, Managing Director of Last Innovations

Philip Last is Managing Director of Last Innovations, using French and English in international context every day. He lives in...

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By Passport / May 14, 2016

Renata, one of our many childcarers and tutors

Here, Renata talks about her experiences of multilingualism... What languages do you speak? "I am a native Portuguese speaker, fluent...

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By Passport / May 14, 2016

Aneta Pavlenko explains the importance of multilingualism in a global context both today and in the past

"What is necessary in the world full of tensions is the ability to understand other perspectives and, consequently, the ability...

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By Passport / May 14, 2016

Baroness Coussins, originally an advisor on corporate responsibility

‘Learning a language is not just about the vocabulary and the grammar, but also about the cultural understanding that goes...

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By Passport / May 14, 2016

Sandy Gibbons, a trilingual bank advisor

Sandy Gibbons discusses the positive impact of languages in the workplace. What does your job entail? I am a client...

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By Passport / May 14, 2016

Javier Rodriguez, Spanish teacher at the University of Nottingham

Javier Rodriguez, a humble Spanish teacher defines the true cultural and self benefits that can be enjoyed from learning another...

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By Passport / May 14, 2016

Teresa Tinsley, promotion of languages company director

 -What does your job entail? I am director of my own company, Alcantara Communications. We specialise in language-related research for...

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