Meet the Team: Robert

Hallihallo! My name is Robert and I am working as the German Social Media Assistant for Radio Lingua. I joined the team in 2019 while in my first year at the University of Glasgow, where I take courses in Psychology and Philosophy. Since then, I have been working on creating social media content and other Coffee Break German media, like the Reading Club. I am currently still studying at the University of Glasgow.

What is your role in Coffee Break?

As a Social Media Assistant, my main area of responsibility is social media. This includes a wide range of tasks – creating posts for all of Radio Lingua’s channels, customer support and proof-reading outgoing content are only some examples. In addition to this, I am involved in creating new teaching material. This is the part of my job I love the most, as I get to be creative and actively help people learn languages.

What experience have you had speaking and learning other languages?

Having been raised bilingually with Hungarian and German, I have always had contact with two different languages and cultures. This background made me appreciate the beauty of different languages and how to master them. I have always loved practising different languages to communicate with different people and to enjoy literature and film in their original languages. In addition to my mother tongues, I began studying English at the age of six and later, took up Latin and French.

What are your favourite memories of working with Coffee Break?

Given my short time at the company, I do not have to think about this too long. I really enjoy creating culture content, be it writing posts about specific events or crafting articles about German traditions. I also love working with our team, which made me feel very welcome from the first day I stepped into the office.

Where would your ideal coffee break be and with whom?

Stanley Kubrick on the terrace of a nice little coffee shop.

What’s your best language learning tip?

Memorise new vocabulary! It can be boring, but it’s really worth it. There is nothing more exciting than talking to someone in a language and being able to express yourself with different words. At the same time there is nothing more embarrassing than standing silently because you can’t remember any words.

Quick-fire round

• Favourite language: Ouf, that’s difficult. Maybe … German?
• Favourite word/phrase in French: Fernweh – It describes the feeling of longing for far away places beautifully in one word.
• Favourite film: German: Goodbye, Lenin! French: À bout de souffle and Le fabuleux destin d’Amélie Poulain
Hungarian: Sztracsatella (Trust me, it’s great)
• Favourite TV show: Monty Python’s Flying Circus
• Favourite singer: Freddie Mercury
• Favourite destination: Paris, Berlin, Florence, London … I just love big cities

Please finish off with a message to the Coffee Break community.

I know learning languages can be hard and tiresome sometimes. But trust me, there is nothing more rewarding than being able to talk to a person in their native language. They will really appreciate your effort and you will be able to show off your language skills. So whenever you are lacking motivation for studying, try to remember this feeling!

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