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Olga Koeva

Languages as a key factor for my personal and professional development

To what extent can knowledge of languages contribute to enhancing of one’s world view (e.g. to getting more familiar with a certain culture)? How can mastery of foreign languages lead to better understanding of a style of music or a genre of literature? I would like to answer exactly these and many more questions in order to examine why the knowledge of all the languages I speak is an essential factor for my personal and professional development. Many aspects can be included: making new friends, understanding the values of a certain culture, having better access to music scores, reading literature in the original language or improvement of my academic writing and understanding of many linguistic topics. Languages have always played a pivotal role in my life and I thus cannot imagine my life without learning and improving languages. I even think in different languages which are not necessarily my mother tongues. As a bilingual and a polyglot speaking 13 languages including my both mother tongues (Bulgarian and Russian), I would like to tell the participants of the Polyglot Conference 2020 about my experience related to languages and to explain why languages are so essential to me and have become the windows into my world.

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  • Jolien says:

    Hoi Olja,

    Wat voor een leuk levensverhaal, zeer indrukwekkend wat je allmaal al op jonge leeftijd hebt bereikt. Dat dacht ik al, dat je zeer diep in de muziek zit, daar kom ik klein gitaarspelertje me zeer bescheiden voor. Twee belangrijke en langdurige vrienden van mij waren blind en één vriend mij was sterk visueel gehandicapped en speelde zijn muziek in Braille (hij speelde hoorn in 2 blaasmuiekorchesters). Je bent gepreviligeerd dat je je Scandianvische talen in Noorwegen kunt gebruiken. Ik vind het heel leuk dat ik je voordracht niet overzein heb onder zoveel voordrachten ter keuze. Een vraag die ik toen had heeft jouw voordracht met al beantwoord.

  • Jhony Andrade says:

    I’m so happy I chose to watch this presentation now. I loved it, and got goosebumps when listening to the Corcovado song performance. Thanks so much Olga, for sharing your story and gift! Lovely.

  • I loved hearing your stories and experience with both music and language Olga. Thank you for sharing!

  • basianat says:

    What a fascinating and inspiring story! Thank you so much for sharing it, Olga! I share your thoughts on reading literature in original languages. I see you are not afraid of learning similar and very similar languaged. Any tips on how not to get them mixed up?

  • Francis says:

    привет Olga. I really liked your presentation, especially with regards to Portuguese and Samba. I have listened to Argentine tango music for many years (and dance, play and sing it as well). When you analyze the lyrics, you might understand why the music has a comforting melancholy quality about it. If you want to know more, I have many suggestions where to start.

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