At the age of nineteen I moved to Italy, to learn Italian. At a language school in Esquilino, Rome (Istituto Italiano). This turned out to be one of the best schools I ever went to. On the first day we were quizzed on verbs we didn't know and we learned how to use them properly in different real life settings. I wanted to become a teacher just like mine.
I decided to study Italian Language and Culture at Utrecht University (2000). The first course on linguistics I was hooked. I followed as many courses as I could on this subject and specialized in language development (MA). In particular in bilingual development. During my research MA and after completing this (2005) I spent a lot of time in Italy (Rome, Siena, Perugia, Terni) and also in Scotland (Edinburgh), where I assisted in research projects within different fields of linguistics.
After various supplemental studies (e.g. Diploma in Public Service Interpreting and a course on subtitling) I moved back to The Netherlands to start my own business (2010) as a freelance linguist, translator and teacher. Although I love teaching languages, I became more and more convinced that the best way to learn a language is to live in a place where it is actively used. This and my passion for language development and learning new languages myself made me decide to focus on computational linguistics.
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