To learn a foreign language is always a challenge, but if you’re living in a new country, it’s also a necessity. So how do you …
SPEAK Brussels is here! Belgium is a country of cultural and linguistic diversity.
We are Chloé and Nicolas and we are taking SPEAK to Brussels. We are both living in the city, we are both convinced of the added value that SPEAK can bring with the informal approach to integration, the value of social interactions and believing in a global community that works together to strive for the biggest social impact regarding one of the biggest ‘topics’ these days – the topic of migration.
My arrival in Turin was a beautiful time of discovery!
A few months ago, I began a new chapter of my (small) life with one objective: to learn Italian in Turin! I come from Normandy in the North of France so I was a bit afraid of missing too much our strong & tasty cheeses. At the same time, I was very excited to discover a new way of life : la Dolce Vita!
When I go to another country, I usually like to try and pass as a local. I can assure you that to speak the language of the street or “la lengua de la calle”, letting people know that you are genuinely interested in their language and culture is the best way to go.
Have you ever tried to learn another language or learn Portuguese? When I first arrived in Portugal from Syria, I felt like I am among an alien species and since I set foot in Portugal, four years ago, I still learn Portuguese everyday.
When I arrived, I knew not one Portuguese word. I studied a master’s course in Porto and lived in Vila de Conde, a beautiful city in the north of Portugal.
Weather you have just arrived to Aveiro or you have been here for a while, you probably already noticed that it is not really necessary to learn Portuguese in Aveiro.
Not long ago I stated in my CV that I was a former troublemaker and now a problem solver, and being true to that, this year I embraced the opportunity to work at SPEAK as a software developer. It feels good to work for an ambitious and innovative project using technology to create a positive impact in the world.
We. Travellers. Homesick. Adventurers. Curious. When travelling, we change the way we look at both ourselves and everyone around us. According to Pirandello, Italy’s famous writer, people have “one, no one, and one hundred thousand” identities. When travelling, Cinzia feels she is “one hundred thousand”. And you, how do you feel?
Imagine that you crossed paths with SPEAK. You liked the idea, connecting newcomers & locals living in the same city inspires you for many different reasons. You want your city to accept, value and empower cultural diversity but you are a doer and you don’t stand for “hope”. Guess what, now you can. We just launched a new program – Take SPEAK to your city! -. You can now create your SPEAK.
SPEAK has given me the chance to collaborate and learn from kind people who have shared their ways, their experiences, their awesome food, and their passion for understanding other’s culture.