Almost two years ago, I had to flee to Portugal, fearing for my life, leaving my beautiful country, Iran. SPEAK taught me not only the Portuguese language but it inspired me with the power of humankind.
In 2016, Famakan had to leave his country, Mali, while he was studying Modern Languages. He suddenly had to put his dreams on hold. But he arrived in Italy with a heart full of hope and clear projects in mind…
What it is that makes this city so distinct? Is it the crazily unparalleled nightlife? Is it the cosmopolitanism? Could it be the representation of numerous cultures, languages and backgrounds? Or is it the various authentic cuisines that make me forget I am in just one city? I still remain stupefied yet pleasantly in awe.
Lena lives in Madrid, she loves to learn languages but she is not a big fan of language schools. How to solve this issue? She experimented a new concept of learning languages from Portugal!
In Berlin, we speak the Berlin language. As a student, a migrant, and a curious explorer this was my first lesson stepping in the city; in Berlin, we speak the Berlin language—we learn it, we share it, and we add to it. If it doesn’t shift us, if we don’t shift it, we must be doing something wrong.
“I have never been to a city where there is less reason to go to bed…” – Earnest Hemingway (about Madrid). SPEAK started in Madrid in 2018 and someone had to go there to build partnerships and networking.