Life is all about changes and finding the balance between personal growth, professional success, passion, and meaningful relationships in this ever-evolving and fast-paced world. Speaking a foreign language (or even more) can enhance and enrich all these realms of life.
Through my PASSION PROJECT, "Languages with Reka", I would like to contribute to your growth, help you increase your efficiency, find and create your own language learning path, and encourage you to become a happy, effective, and autonomous learner. After all, we all smile in the same language. 🙃
Hey, I'm Reka, originally from Hungary. 🇭🇺 I grew up and studied in the stunning city of Budapest, but since 2020, I have been living in the enchanting South of France 🇫🇷 with my partner and our golden retriever. Living in this captivating country has opened up numerous new opportunities and initiated a life I had never dreamed of. In 2021, I could launch my passion project, Language with Reka, which was a life-changing episode in my life. 🙏🏻 Thanks to various courses, self-development books, an active lifestyle, and inspiring colleagues from all over the world, I could embark on a journey that not only fosters my personal and professional growth but also contributes to my students' learning improvement. The journey to this chapter has been long and filled with ups and downs. That's why I am even more grateful for it, and I strive to evolve into the best version of myself day by day.
How did this passion for languages enter my life? My passion for languages traces back to my school years, beginning in primary school in Budapest when I was just 7 years old. I took my first steps here into the world of language learning. My journey continued at the German Nationality High🇩🇪 School in Budapest, where I dedicated myself to mastering the German language. After completing high school, I pursued my studies in German studies and Spanish at the Eötvös Loránd University of Budapest. During my Bachelor's studies, I had the opportunity to immerse myself in the language and culture by spending a semester at the Free University of Berlin. In 2014, I achieved my Master's degree and professional qualification as a teacher of both German and Hungarian as foreign languages.
The Spanish🇪🇸 language was "love at first sight" for me. Back in my school years, I became a huge fan of an Argentine soap opera and by chance (?), in high school, we had the opportunity to take Spanish classes after school. Without hesitation, I immediately signed up and I was so inspired by the language, that nothing could stop me from taking the language exam before graduation. My passion for Spanish continued, so I kept learning it at the university and obtained a Bachelor's degree in Spanish.
One of the most significant benefits of my move to France was the opportunity to learn the French language. 🇫🇷 Indeed, my journey with French revealed to me that achieving a high level of proficiency in a foreign language is attainable within a few years. It became evident that you don't need to spend 5-10 years in a classroom or take expensive courses to attain a B1-level certification. French played a crucial role in shaping the vision behind Languages with Reka, even though I don't teach this beautiful language (yet:D). This is where my story starts, the true beginning of my language mission.
Actually, I have always been interested in how people can fluently speak four, ten, or even twenty languages. Amazing. What is their secret? Do they have one at all? Are they just talented, do they have more free time than me, do they have more sense of language, do they... do they...? I was so looking for an answer. I started to follow polyglots, and how they learn foreign languages and improve their language skills. I have also experimented with different language learning methods. I wanted to get to know what is common in them, and how they can master a language in some years, be it English or Chinese. Why can they speak many languages fluently, whereas other people are struggling with only one for years? That's not fair, we could think.
I figured out, that their big secret is finding the spark in language learning, HAVING FUN, and enjoying the process, so they can get tuned all the time and stay motivated. They don't work with the traditional old-school method (unless they like it), and they don't necessarily use a dictionary, notebook, or language book. They look for resources they are interested in the most. They don't focus on grammar rules, they use effective methods, systems, and resources they LOVE. :) If it doesn't give you pleasure, you don't want to do it after a while and you lose motivation which is indispensable when it comes to language learning. Last but not least, they learn autonomously, they follow their own path and learning system as an independent learner which enhance enormously their success in the learning process.
"Languages with Reka" is a PASSION and a MISSION for me. 💛 My ultimate goal is not just to teach and coach the German and Hungarian languages, but also to help my learners develop learner autonomy along the way and encourage them to take responsibility for their progress by exploring the language at their own pace and embracing mistakes as valuable stepping stones. As we are different, the same receipt doesn't work for everyone. We need to find our own path in the dynamic landscape of language learning.
Through "Languages with Reka", I will guide you on how to build a strong language-learning habit and stick to it in the long run as it is a long-term project, that requires commitment.
I'm a certified German and Hungarian teacher and I got my ICF-accredited Neurolanguage Coach® certification at the beginning of 2022. Languages are my passion, and I'm all about helping you dive into them and find the spark in language learning. Let's explore the world of languages together!
After all, "we all smile in the same language". 🙃🙂
At the moment, I try to improve three languages at once, work on different language projects, and coach two languages that require a quality break on a regular basis.
And when I've got some free time, I'm jogging on the beach, exploring the mountains, climbing rock or bouldering, camping with my golden retriever, hiking, or just chilling in nature. I feel lucky and grateful that my job is basically my passion – I love coaching languages and helping my learners get engaged in learning. I'm also a big fan of reading in different languages. I'm all about the idea that the more personal and interesting the materials are, the faster you'll nail the whole learning process.