Salut ! My name is Susie and I started working as the French Curriculum Developer for Radio Lingua in October 2018. I’m from Glasgow originally but I grew up in Strasbourg in France and am bilingual in English and French.
What is your role in Coffee Break?
I produce French content for Coffee Break French, such as the Facebook posts and feedback, podcast episodes and learning materials. I also transcribe the episodes and give online feedback to learners taking part in the Masterclass.
What experience have you had speaking and learning other languages?
My family moved from Scotland to France when I was two years old and I was brought up in a multicultural and multilingual environment. I attended an international school where I was educated bilingually in English and French. I also learned German and Spanish at school. I returned to Scotland and decided to explore my cultural heritage by studying Scottish Gaelic at university. Since graduating, I have used languages in many different jobs including transcription, translation, teaching, interpreting and research.
What are your favourite memories of working with Coffee Break?
I’ve really enjoyed working on the content for the Coffee Break French podcasts. It’s great to see all the elements come together to produce the recordings!
Where would your ideal coffee break be and with whom?
My ideal coffee break would be a café au lait with a croissant fourré at one of the local cafés in Strasbourg with my family.
What’s your best language-learning tip?
Read and listen to the language you’re learning whenever you can. Watch films and TV shows in that language. The more you see and hear the language, the better!
Favourite Language: French and Gaelic
Favourite word/phrase in the language: In French n’importe quoi – I love this expression because there isn’t really an equivalent in any other language I know!
Favourite film: One of my favourite French films is La Fille du Puisatier
Favourite book: Two of my favourite French books are Un Long Dimanche de Fiançailles by Sebastien Japrisot and Le Très-Bas by Christian Bobin.
Favourite destination: Ayrshire in Scotland, Alsace in France and Galway in Ireland
Do you have a message for the Coffee Break community?
Learning a language is one of the most worthwhile things you can do. An understanding of language gives you more than just the ability to communicate. It gives you new ways of viewing the world around you.