Maria Inês Teixeira
Make Speechling's Community Grow.
Born and raised in Portugal, I have always been encouraged by my family to learn new languages. My childhood was beautified with constant stimulation in Portuguese, English and Spanish - watching Disney movies in their original version with my sister, singing along to the latest pop hits in Spanish with my cousins, watching my mom plan her English classes...you name it!
Today, I have lived in three different countries, speak more than five languages and certainly hope to discover many more. No language or dialect is useless or uninteresting to me, and that is why I continue to study diverse languages like Spanish, German, Arabic, Turkish, Hindi and French. Additionally, I have dabbled in Mandarin Chinese, Catalan, Paraguayan Guarani, Cape Verdean Creole, Estonian, Polish, Russian and Ukrainian just for fun!
This fascination with speech, linguistics, the history of modern languages and polyglotism is precisely what got me interested in working for Speechling. I want everybody to feel the same sense of accomplishment, fun, curiosity and fulfillment that I get when I learn a new idiom, a tricky word or a useful verb tense. I believe there is something very beautiful about going out of one's way to understand and be understood by as many human beings as possible!
Connect the world.
Growing up in Southern California in a household of different countries and cultures, I was exposed to different languages left and right. I developed a passion for language which I took to Dartmouth College, where I studied neuroscience and worked as a teaching assistant and tutor in the French language department.
I learned to love the composition of language, from the origins of French loan words in Farsi to how to crack the French liaison. When I’m not applying this near-obsession of language to Speechling, I’m most likely trying to successfully order Szechuan food in Mandarin.