Hi, I'm Lindie! Language YouTuber & designer from South Africa 💕

Language interests

Native: Afrikaans & English
Proficient: Korean (TOPIK 5), Japanese (N3), French
Intermediate: Mandarin Chinese
Beginner: Hungarian, Spanish, Vietnamese, Tagalog, Dutch
Dabbling: Arabic, Malay, Hindi

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I was born in South Africa, and grew up in Pakistan, France, the UAE and Japan, and now I’m in Singapore. I’ve always been fascinated by the possibilities that language offers to break down barriers and connect with people. As such, my passion in life is learning languages and figuring out the best way to learn more. The process of learning a new skill and exploring new cultures that makes the hours put in all worth it.

Since 2009, I have immersed myself in languages and developing efficient learning methods, sharing my process and progress on YouTube to an audience of over 277K

Despite being active in the language community online and regularly speaking at language events, I don’t actually do languages full time. I work as a UI/UX designer and design manager by day, exploring design systems and the intersection of design and languages. 

Thanks for stopping by, and feel free to say hello.

Public speaking

2021
International Day of Multilingualism
hosted online by Polyglot Conference
Life in Multiple Languages – with Richard Simcott 
Finding Your Language Story
Online speech at a private school in Turkey
2020
Polyglot Conference Global Online
App Design for the World – Considering languages, scripts and digital literacy in interface design
The Bakery UX Lightning Talks
Multilingual UI – Catering for different languages in UI design
2019 & earlier
Women in Language Online conference
Identity Crisis – The ups and downs of living, dating and working in a foreign language
Language lab at DIRCO, South Africa
Presented two workshops on language learning strategies to foreign service diplomats in Pretoria

Podcast features

What happens in your brain when you learn a language?

Rosetta Stone | March 2021

Gaining confidence and tracking your language progress

Language Hacking | Feb 2021

Building a successful YouTube channel and side hustle

Langpreneur | Dec 2020

On learning Korean and Japanese at the same time

Language Mastery | Dec 2020

Tips for learning Korean and maintaining motivation

Spongemind | May 2020

Embracing and navigating language community on YouTube

The Fluent Show | August 2018

Media & features

Television & News
TV2 Hungary: News feature & interview (Hungarian, 2021) 
LifeTV Budapest: 
Live interview (Hungarian, 2021)
Kheng We Talk episode interview (English, 2020)
KykNet TV: 
eNuus interview (Afrikaans, 2018)
Arirang A Plus: Korean language feature (Korean, 2019)
Film: Portrait of a Polyglot (2013)
Arirang TV: Travel Story Episode 1 (2013)
Weltbilder German: Documentary on TCKs (German, 2020)
The Economic Times (2019)
The Straits Times Singapore – language learners feature (2021)
Cosmopolitan South Africa (2018)
Online interviews

Fluent in 3 Months: Language learning interview (2019)
Our Friends: Japanese poster design feature (2018)
Nak Nak – Content creator interview (Korean, 2019)
Third Culture Kid Project: interview (2019)
Nee’s Language blog: interview (2014)

Collab videos

Spongemind – Motivation and learning Korean:  English video | Korean video
Spanish Dreaming: Talking about language learning in Spanish
PassionForDreaming: Assassins of Language Learning chat
Steve Kaufman: Enthusiasm in language learning
Robin MacPherson: A chat in Japanese
Richard Simcott: A language chat

Blog features

Joy of Languages: 50 Extraordinary Women In Language
Neoreach Top 10 Language Learning YouTube channels
Non-Korean YouTubers feature on MotivateKorean
Teach Yourself + IWTYAL Short Stories Collaboration
Japanese Language Learning Hacks feature
Babbel Magazine
Koreaboo
Rocketlanguages
Preply – 15 Famous Polyglots & Their Methods

My designer-side 👀

Some things I’m working on:
Polygloss
I am a volunteer design lead at Polygloss, a language learning app. Currently, I’m building out the design system and mentoring a junior UX designer.
This website
I built this site, and it’s a constant work in progress. If you notice a bug, do let me know!
Kaards
A flashcard app for serious language learners. Coming soon!

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