Who I am

Having started to talk before I could walk, I remember my pre-schooler’s frustration at being unable to read. In my teens and later, I learnt a handful of languages well and dabbled in several others. As a journalist, I published three well-received books on linguistics in Dutch: Nieuwe tongen (New Tongues, 1999) on the languages of migrants in the Benelux, Taaltoerisme (Language Tourism, 2012), a lively grand tour of 53 European languages and Vakantie in eigen taal (A linguistic staycation, 2016), about the delights of my mother tongue. Taaltoerisme was the basis for Lingo.

I look and talk like this (starting at 0:19):

Two blogposts (this one and this one here) tell you a little about my personal relationship with languages.