Authors

Adam Corl

Adam Corl is a New England native with a passion for sarcasm, wine that tastes expensive, and keeping his parents questioning his life choices. This combined with a keen interest in organizational behavior and social science research has lead him to fund his nomadic lifestyle through freelance writing and research endeavors.

Alan Wass

Alan Wass

Alan is an experienced writer/editor who has been living in Asia for over 14 years. He has worked for many newspapers, magazines, and websites over the past 10 years.

Anna

Anna Snyder

Anna is a freelance writer who studied creative writing at NUI, Galway and used to work as an English teacher in Moscow. She enjoys knitting and travelling and is currently exploring South America looking for ideas for her novel.

Bala Chambers

Bala Chambers

Bala is a true Latin American enthusiast who is deeply enamoured by the whole continent. He has made it his quest to cover every inch of Latin America, to posses insight into every Hispanic dialect and to unearth all if its cultural gems. He is also a Boca Juniors (Argentina) fan.

Brian Armstrong

Brian Armstrong

Brian Thomas Armstrong is a literary traveler of life, love, and the pursuit of blissfully beautiful and exotic surroundings. He is 53 years young, and is currently retired after being a Commercial Construction Contractor for 20+ years. After a devastating heart attack in 2010 in which he had to be brought back to life three times, Brian decided to devote the remainder of his years to his passion for writing.

Cailyn Cox

Cailyn Cox

African-born Cailyn Cox has been a lover of words all her life and she has an untamed spirit that has led her to travel across the globe and document her passions. She is a woman consumed by wanderlust. Experiencing new places, people and cultures is an important part of her personal growth, and the benefits of being able to comprehend more than one language in our globalized economy is a major pro.

Dani

Dani Barrow

Dani is a writer and traveller living in Buenos Aires but is originally from Texas. She collects post cards, languages, and tattoos. She can also find her way around a kitchen.

Dawn Hammon

Dawn Hammon

Dawn has thrived in freelance writing and editorial roles for nearly a decade. It’s a career that allows her to explore all her interests -- namely travel, culture, history, vocabulary, sustainability and environmental issues, family life, and psychology while getting paid for it. Not only does she find it fulfilling, but it propels her towards her ultimate goal to become a digital nomad, continuing to write while exploring the world. Dawn feels fortunate to have the opportunity to dive into a diverse range of topics like holiday celebrations around the world or what cool language-learning technology is about to hit the market. She is a regular contributor to www.doityourself.com, where she writes about the ongoing tasks required as a homeowner and helps to refresh aging articles on the site that need the dust knocked off. She also writes for www.inhabitat.com, a resource for the sustainable community. As a habitual traveller with a serious case of wanderlust, it’s an uplifting opportunity to acknowledge the many people and companies around the world working to make an environmental difference. The daughter of small business owners, she loves supporting local small businesses through her work as a blogger, connecting customers with hometown providers. Overall, she’s open to new writing challenges that help her continue to learn and grow. Being a wordsmith is a natural fit with a Passion for Words (professional website) that makes her an interesting conversationalist at cocktail parties. She has lived, worked and attended school in Oregon, USA for many years and currently spends her days convincing her children she is still smarter than them and creating new experiences with her husband of 25 years. Dawn holds a degree in psychology which she feels gives her unique insight into the diversity of populations near and far. When she is not providing stellar online content for local, national and international businesses, you might find her backpacking the nearby hills and valleys, traveling to remote parts of the globe, or expanding her vocabulary in a competitive game of Scrabble.

Deb

Deb Cress

Deb is an English graduate who runs a children's book and storytelling business, as well as being a person centred counselor. With a passion for food, travel and culture, Deb likes to fit in as much freelance writing as possible.

Dusty

Dusty Fox

Dusty is a full-time freelance writer and world traveler who prefers not to sit still for very long. She's on a lifelong mission to perfect her Spanish and blend in with the locals as she travels through Latin America and beyond.

Emma

Emma-Louise Bond

Emma loves travelling, photography and books. Every place is unique, each culture is so different that it needs to be captured either in colors or letters. Writing about those little but unique things is her destination on each journey.

Immanuel

Immanuel Byoma

I started travelling when I was 6 years old and I remember that everything about England was different from my home in Nigeria: the smell, the buildings, the clothing, the shops and the food. Everything about the experience fascinated me and made me want to explore other places, and also revisit the ones I had already visited. That first two-week summer break started a love affair I have been swept up in ever since. This passion continued when I went to the University of Southampton, where I studied economics. And yes, if I had known soon enough, I probably would have studied writing/communications. I began as a freelancer, writing on anything and everything I could find. It wasn’t until I teamed up with Language Trainers that my writing, passion and ambitions really took off. As a freelancer, I have worked for clients on every continent and I have enjoyed helping people launch new careers, businesses and projects. Drawing on my travelling experiences and the global clients I had worked with, I have been able to make meaningful contributions to LT (I hope). It is always an honour writing for brands dedicated to making life easier for others. Language Trainers does just that and I am glad to be a part of their story. While I only speak English fluently, I have picked up bits and pieces of French, Spanish, Swahili, Hausa and Yoruba. I enjoy travel writing because I enjoy travelling and discovering new things, cultures and foods…I LOVE food! The joy of visiting foreign lands and having your mind blown is immeasurable. When I’m not writing, I enjoy reading the news, watching sports (I love basketball), watching movies and playing with animals. Fun fact about me: when I was a kid, I wanted to be a pilot. I loved flying, but I was afraid of heights. As a result, I could not become a pilot, but now that I’m older, I still hope to become a helicopter pilot! Wish me luck! But until then, and even afterwards, I hope to keep making learning fun for people by writing amazing content.

Jessica Dillow

Jessica Dillow

Jessica Dillow currently lives in Madrid and is a freelance copywriter and author of Be Your Finest Self. She is a vegan yogi who loves to run and read when she’s not in the middle of travelling. Right now she’s only fluent in English, but she loves the process of learning Spanish and French.

John Verling

John Verling

John Verling is a writer, producer of radio programs and a lover of cooking. Getting the time and space to do all three, while also earning a living is where the problem lies. John’s interest in language comes from listening to others and from his father, who was an old-school Greek and Latin scholar. John speaks a little French, some German and can hold a conversation in Irish. In 2013, John took the step to becoming a full-time writer and producer, something he always wanted to do. The timing was right, though it did not seem so in those years. John began a blog in 2012, which became very popular. The same year, he completed a year-long course in radio production and journalism. John is also the full-time carer of his son, Freddie, which takes up a lot of his days. Now, John writes for newspapers on subjects from agriculture to personal features and general interviews. He also writes stories with an Irish angle for non-English news websites, such as Italian current affairs websites and magazines. John’s work appears in Irish newspapers, magazines and websites, and he works as a fact-checker for UK outlets and companies. John does a lot of ghostwriting work, including autobiographies for private clients, which are proving popular as the market grows. John also ghostwrites blog and marketing content for clients in Ireland, the UK, Australia and the USA. The work allows him to work from home. He also writes for himself, which he hopes to publish someday. When John is not writing, he loves to cook, walk his dog, Daisy, and be with the family. John is the father to three children: Thomas, Ruby and Freddie. The family lives in Tralee, County Kerry, Ireland, and he has been married to his wife for over 20 years. Other interests include sport, especially football, hurling, tennis, rugby and cricket, TV drama, reading and listening to the radio. He is a passionate Arsenal fan and lover of Cork hurling. Furthermore, as part of John’s love for cooking, he greatly enjoys grocery shopping; which may sound odd but we all have our quirks! John’s portfolio is at: https://www.clippings.me/johnverling

Karla

Karla

Karla is a writer, currently traveling through South America. She enjoys learning new and constantly carries a notebook and camera with her, always ready to record new memories.

Katie

Katie Collom

Katie was born in the US but moved to Mexico as a baby. She spent her childhood in Mexico where her hometown’s biggest claim to fame is the local capture of one of the world’s most notorious drug lords. As a teenager, Katie made her first big move abroad—to Cuba—where she lived for nearly four years while training at the National Ballet School. Katie then returned to the US, where she worked for a time as a dancer and dance instructor before deciding to pursue her love of languages. She obtained a dual B.A. from UT Austin in Chinese and Asian Cultures and Languages and went on to live in Taiwan for a year where she worked as an ESL teacher and studied Chinese. During this time, Katie gained experience as a language learner and she understands the nuances and difficulties of learning new tongues. She speaks multiple languages, including French and Spanish, and is always eager to help others have great language-learning experiences too. The challenges of expat life are something else Katie enjoys exploring and sharing with readers as she learns to balance life as a third-culture adult living abroad. A firm believer in maintaining a connection with one’s roots, even as an expat, Katie stays involved with US elections and politics and visits the country every year, just to check up on things. One of her main goals in her travel writing is to make these types of transitions easier for others—whether you’re a new expat, first-time language learner, or experienced traveller. Travel is addictive and knowledge is power, and she wants to combine the two for you! Currently, Katie resides in the UK where she works multiple jobs as a freelance writer, pet-sitter and dog-walker, and owner of a literary poster business. Katie is also an aspiring, (as of yet) unpublished novelist and, in her spare time, can be found working on her book, reading and sipping the occasional pint of Guinness at the local pub.

Kelly

Kelly Wang

Hi, I'm Kelly, I'm a freelance writer and CELTA qualified ESL teacher from the UK. One day, I might even take on the DELTA, though my interests lie more in helping individuals rather than managing a staffroom, so we'll see. I've taught as a private tutor in homes, cafes and bars across Europe, and in many classrooms as well, helping students prepare for all kinds of exams, from locally regulated ones to those certified by Cambridge, like the CAE and IELTS. I've helped students in the labs, offices and boardrooms of some incredible organisations across Europe, from growing businesses to conglomerates. My focus is English for a specific purpose, such as business, and exam preparation. I am yet to have a student fail an exam! Also, I write as a freelancer, covering a range of subjects for a variety of clients. My main focuses, aside from language and travel, are the environment and animal welfare. The opinions on these always make for great conversation topics for lessons and whilst travelling since everyone has such different views and outlooks. Travelling throughout Europe has been one of the most amazing experiences of my life. It's been great to move from city to city, discovering the different histories, cultures and, of course, food! I like smaller places that are off the beaten path far more than sprawling cities; it really is the best way to discover a place and get to know people properly. Though this is also true of countries outside of Europe; it is a far different experience spending time in Jilin in northern China than in Beijing, Shanghai or Shenzhen, for example! Above all, I think the main thing travelling, teaching and writing have taught me over the years, is that kindness and compassion are the most important things we can learn and teach in the world.

Kirsty Turner

Kirsty Turner

Kirsty Turner is an experienced freelance writer specialising in travel and entertainment. She currently lives in Pai in the north of Thailand and spends a lot of her time exploring the area. Kirsty is also the author of the book Confessions of a Coward: An Indian Adventure, which is available at www.bangkokbooks.com and focuses on a nine-month journey through India and Nepal. Kirsty lived in the vibrant city of Bangkok for eight years and wrote extensively about the richly diverse entertainment scene in the city, as well as local culture and social issues for publications, such as Bangkok Nightlife and Khaosanroad.com. She has written on a wide range of Bangkok-related topics, from the various areas of the city and what they offer to day-trip destinations and guides to bargain hunting in local markets. Kirsty is an adept interviewer and has honed her skills over the years by interviewing both Thai and Western celebrities in multiple languages. Some of her favourite interview subjects include Thai pop singer Joey Boy and Kevin Spacey. Over the years, Kirsty has written content for a large number of different travel and entertainment magazines around the world. She enjoys travelling to different countries to learn about their cultures while also seeking inspiration for travel articles. Kirsty has also been a guest lecturer at some of the most prestigious colleges and universities in Bangkok. She has taught short courses on poetry and public speaking and helped to train students of all ages to improve their public speaking ability. Furthermore, she has headlined in a number of spoken-word shows, where she has performed original pieces to audiences of all ages. Kirsty also uses her enthusiasm for language to translate documents and articles from French and German into English, and proofreads and improves documents to make them flow perfectly.

Kyra Bonsu

Kyra Bonsu

I truly enjoy getting to know people and their backgrounds as a result of the various locations I have lived in. Whether it be living in the outskirts of Boston, Brooklyn, Madrid, Buenos Aires or Deli, I have learned to navigate through the unique nuances that cultures generate and developed my own way of communicating. I’m fluent in Spanish and speak an average level of Twi. Week by week, I fight to learn more Twi and get more comfortable with phrases and pronunciation under my father’s tutelage. Even though I grew up listening and speaking Twi, due to the common law advice of most educators of first-generation students, my parents were advised to stop speaking to me in Twi for fear of continual communication obstacles in English. It is my hope that Twi will be my future second language to be spoken as comfortably as Spanish. As I embark on this journey, you will read about my struggles with adaptation and language learning. Also, be on the lookout for more writings from me in other publications. I take pride in exploring as much as possible the places and spaces that are new and old to me. For those reasons and more, I’m creating a podcast that will enable me to tell the stories of others, like I have grown up accustomed to doing in my writing. Being a Texan, Spanish has always played a major role in my life while Twi has always been in the ether. As a result, my escape and travel to Latin America countries took me to many Spanish speaking nations and political discussions. If you remember nothing from this bio, remember that my love of cultures is commonly displayed through my passion for writing and educating people about them.

Liz Dyer

Liz Dyer

Liz is the Marketing Manager at EuroTalk - a fun, friendly language learning company producing simple and effective products across 150+ languages. Visit them at www.eurotalk.com.

Lottie Hanwell

Lottie Hanwell

Lottie Hanwell is a writer, behavioural analyst and lover of travel from London. She has a degree in Spanish and English Literature from Durham University, which you can find tucked away in the north-east of England. Her passion for Hispanic culture and languages has led her to Barcelona, where she worked at a magazine covering events and cultural happenings across the city, and Buenos Aires, where she spent time working with a non-governmental organisation. Whilst in Argentina, she fell in love with how important and central sharing is within the culture, and put this into practice herself over many a glass of Malbec or afternoon spent in the park sharing a Mate with friends. After several months, she even— somewhat begrudgingly — learned to love Reggaeton! In fact, she enjoyed her experience so much that, after leaving, she vowed to herself that she would return to the Americas again, one day. And so she has, twice (to date): spending time on the south-east coast of Brazil, and backpacking solo throughout Mexico. Forever motivated by her stomach, both countries provided many a culinary delight, whether that be tlayudas in Oaxaca or fried fish in Paraty. In London, she currently works as a behavioural analyst and trend researcher, helping brands to understand people through in-depth cultural analysis. Her research looks into a wide range of topics and issues, from the impact of climate awareness on travel and holiday habits, to the way in which social media is transforming us and our family dynamics. In her spare time, she runs, reads and writes, sporadically hosts dinner parties, and spends lots of her commuting time productively by planning her next escape from the dark and cold British winter. Amid the ongoing Brexit chaos, she’s feeling the pull of warmer, sunnier environments, and moving back to Argentina seems increasingly likely.

Matthew

Matthew Dancis

Matthew is a freelance writer who studied Communications with a special focus in public relations and media studies at Drexel University in Philadelphia, USA. Matthew also works as an English teacher in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and spends his free time exploring South America. He is passionate about music, politics, and travel.

Nora

Nora Wallenius

My language learning journey began at the age of 14 when I started to study Japanese in high school. As I excelled in the class, I found that I was able to connect with Japanese exchange students, enjoy Japanese music and movies, and appreciate the Japanese culture even more by using my language skills. I realised that language is the best way to understand and appreciate another culture. After multiple trips to Japan in high school, I decided to major in East Asian Languages and Literature, with a specialisation in Spanish. After one year abroad in Spain and a semester abroad in Japan, I understood that my passion in life is to travel and immerse myself in foreign cultures. Language is the essential tool that allows me to do that. After graduating from university, I moved to Buenos Aires and worked at a Spanish language school in the admissions department helping students study Spanish in Argentina. I travelled across South America and perfected my Spanish abilities. After two and a half years, I decided to continue my higher education and moved to Germany to do my MA degree in Latin American studies. I learned German and enjoyed the classic German university experience in a small German city. Through my programme, I was able to spend a semester in Guadalajara, Mexico, researching for my thesis on women in Mexican cinema. After graduating from the master’s programme, I moved to Tel Aviv, Israel, and began working as a content writer and learning Hebrew. Throughout this journey, language has been the most tangible skill set that I have used to adapt and integrate into many countries. I am passionate about connecting with people from different backgrounds, exploring unique regions and enjoying local food. I wish to continue travelling, expanding my horizons and living life to the fullest.

Qing (Nancy) Xia

Qing (Nancy) Xia

Nancy is a UK-born Chinese girl, fluent in Chinese and English, currently studying French, German and a little bit of Japanese. She dabbles in a bit of everything, including music, doodling, and video games, but is most passionate about writing and would love to travel the world one day - not only for the new languages and culture, but for the food, too!

Remi Yamazaki

Remi Yamazaki

Remi Yamazaki is a trilingual journalist and performer, currently learning her fourth language. She grew up in Japan, came to the US for college and has spent summers in Paris and Kampala, though she usually sounds like she's from somewhere in the former and/or current Commonwealth.

Sean Goodier

Sean Goodier

Sean is half-Australian, half-Thai who relocated to Bangkok, Thailand from Sydney, Australia four years ago. He currently spends his days attending an international school and experiencing the various cultural aspects the city has to offer.

Sean Patrick Hopwood

Sean Patrick Hopwood

Sean Patrick Hopwood is a language polyglot and a language enthusiast. His goal in life is to bring world peace through education, tolerance and cultural awareness. He is also the President and Founder at Day Translations, Inc., a global translation company.

Sophia Jones

Sophia Jones

Born in London from artistic parents of multi-ethnic descent, Sophia spent most of her childhood dancing and creating comic books. After studying Japanese and Spanish at University, she was inspired to explore and work in Europe. She now spends her time teaching dance, writing and exploring Spanish culture in the vibrant city of Barcelona.

Sophie

Sophie Davies

Sophie is a blogger of all things fascinating. She studied writing and business, and currently resides in Buenos Aires with pen and paper.

Teresa Mupas

Teresa Mupas

Teresa Mupas is a writer and poet currently surviving the rain, teaching EFL, and stumbling through the learning blocks of the Spanish and Galician languages in Northwest Spain. Previously she taught English in central Thailand and the United States. She likes paper books, daydreaming, jigsaw puzzles, long mealversations, and compact items that fit neatly and quietly in carry-ons. You can follow her travels on IG @teresamupas.

Tracy Thomas

Tracy Thomas

Tracy is passionate about the power of language and how it can make our lives more meaningful. She uses introspective storytelling techniques in her life coaching practice and combines this with her love for travel and foreign culture, to explore why travelling and working abroad is such a life-changing experience. Infected with the travel bug, her urge to never stop searching and exploring is both a blessing and a curse.

Wendy

Wendy Wong

Wendy is a full-time language teacher and curriculum designer, part-time blogger, and constant traveller. Wendy is a Chinese-Brit who grew up in Brighton, on the south coast of England. She travelled to Hong Kong regularly as a child to visit her grandparents and extended family, learning some Cantonese over many years, although she is far from fluent. She attributes these early experiences to the travel bug, which she has firmly caught. Like many students, she decided to take a gap year before going to university, and she spent a year in Hong Kong, where she taught English and used it as a base to explore China. She returned to the UK to get a bachelor’s in English from the University of Manchester, but decided she wasn’t ready to settle down just yet. For the last decade, Wendy has travelled through, and taught English in, numerous countries, including Thailand, Vietnam, Laos, Sri Lanka, China (again) and Australia. She frequently returns home to England, but mostly to use it a jumping-off point to dive into Europe, where she has visited many of the continent’s major cities… as well as some less major, but equally beautiful ones! While she loves teaching English, Wendy enjoys learning languages, too. In addition to her broken Cantonese, she speaks some Thai, Vietnamese and a small amount of German. She has picked up a little Spanish from her holidays in Spain, but would like to travel Central and South America next, where she can really put it to the test. When Wendy isn’t teaching or researching her next adventure overseas, she enjoys reading, playing with dogs (those of her parents or any she happens to come across) and hiking the English countryside. Also, she loves writing and has combined this passion with travel to blog about her experiences and offer advice to fellow travellers. Finally, she occasionally works with Language Trainers to help design curriculums for their teachers to use.