Podcast: TTT 018 : The importance of learning foreign languages with polyglot Alex Rawlings
13 December 2015
Born and raised in London, Alex Rawlings is a language teacher, blogger and polyglot currently living in Valencia, Spain. Incredibly at only 24 years old Alex can communicate effectively in 13 languages and is an inspiration to language learners around the world. In 2012, whilst an undergraduate at Oxford University Alex was awarded the prize of “Most Multilingual Student” by the publishers Harper Collins for his ability to effectively communicate in 11 languages. This story was picked up by news agencies worldwide, and Alex was interviewed by television, newspaper and radio stations across the world, most notably by the BBC. Since then he has regularly partaken in media campaigns to support the cause of language learning in the UK, including The Guardian, BBC Breakfast, Channel 5 News, The Independent, The Evening Standard, and Voice of Russia UK.
At present, Alex teaches intensive language courses, as well as offering consulting and coaching services to people wishing to develop the skill of learning multiple languages at the same time. He was on the organisation committee for the third international Polyglot Conference in New York, in October 2015, and is one of the organisers for next year’s conference in Thessaloniki, Greece in October 2016.In conjunction with Richard Simcott he runs a series of Polyglot Workshops aimed at all language learners, which take place monthly in locations across the world.