Meet Brenda, The Curvy Linguista
You ever meet someone and they just have that “je ne sais quoi”? That’s what I thought about Brenda when we first connected on social media. For some reason, when I looked at her pics, I was mesmerized and found her to be gorgeous! I later found out she lives in Europe (my dream!) AND is multilingual. Seemed like a kindred spirit, so I decided I reach out and express my desire to showcase her on the site.
How this busy professional finds time for languages.
When I first connected with Clara online, she didn’t really speak much German. She could say some words but I could see she had a strong desire to learn and was determined. Now, she is almost native level.
The reason why Clara’s story is so important is because, like many of us, she is a busy professional. She is a nurse who resides between two countries, is pursuing a master’s degree program run by two universities while completing an internship AND is considering a PhD program thereafter. Here’s a look at how she finds time to pursue foreign language studies.
How This Nigerian-Greek Yogi Is Healing the World
I’ve heard of showstoppers, gamechangers and other people who have amassed a prestige and a success in unconventional ways. But what about people who changed the world by healing one person at a time? I caught up with Adeola Aderemi, founder of the media collective, Distinguished Diva, to share her language learning experiences and how she touches the lives of others.
BGLL: Tell me about all these wonderful things you are doing to be the change the world needs?
Adeola: I am what people call a multifaceted human being. I created a yoga program for survivors of trauma and worked with refugees and migrant women in Greece. The program is endorsed by Mercy Corps and the UN as a method of healing from trauma. I created Distinguished Diva because I wanted for all women of colour to see themselves in media and tell their own story without it being diluted or policed. I am a storyteller and believe in the power of a person telling their own stories, as a woman of colour who travels and live in predominately white space, I have had my humanity questioned, my stories being erased and my love being questioned. I needed a space where I can share and create fearlessly and that is what I created for all the women who have ever felt the same way.