Hello and welcome to The Busy Linguist! I’m Lina Vasquez, the creator and a proud polyglot, currently learning my eighth language. Languages are my greatest passion in life and have been since I could utter my first words.
Born in Latvia, raised in Australia and now living in Germany - I have always been a daughter of the world. Growing up, I was surrounded by a deeply multicultural environment with a Latvian-Russian speaking mother and Peruvian step-father in one of the most diverse countries in the world.
As a child I had always been extremely inquisitive, looking to learn everything about the world around me. Above all, I was fascinated by the multiple facets of language - how amazing it was to simply switch a language and experience an entirely different world-view. Perhaps it was always that magical feeling of arriving in new place, not knowing a single soul and yet feeling like I belonged because I could communicate with and understand the people around me. In each place, I was a different Lina.
From my many travels I always ensured to learn basic greetings which gave off a positive vibe and in turn, a more intensive travel experience. I would soak these up like a sponge from anyone I encountered from a different culture - if you ever meet me, be ready to face the question "how do you say…in…." multiple times 😉