About

Hi everyone:) My name’s David Martin and I’m a Cambridge CELTA-certified English teacher and for the last year and a half I worked as an English->German video game translator for Sony Online Entertainment in San Diego, California. I’m originally from San Diego, but I’ve lived all over the U.S. I’m currently studying Mandarin and Spanish and teaching English at Georg-August-Universität Göttingen, as well as working as a freelance translator for Landry & Associates International in Göttingen.

Although I have a Bachelor’s Degree in German with an emphasis in Linguistics from the University of California at Berkeley and the Georg-August-Universität Göttingen, my passion for languages originally stems from my love for books and the written word at a very young age. Consequently, and due to the accepted “language teaching methods” at my schools, I first started learning languages with books. But I soon became bored with learning grammar and memorizing vocabulary, as these didn’t and don’t translate into an ability to speak well (pun intended:), and that’s when I developed methods based more on listening, and discovered that others had done the same.

After finishing my final year of studies in Göttingen, Germany in 2006, I stayed on a year and worked as a translator, as well as doing other odd jobs to get by and to improve my German through listening, and eventually speaking, in as many different contexts as possible. Wanting to travel more, I returned to the States in 2007 to do my Certificate of English Language Teaching to Adults (CELTA) in San Diego, after which I spent two years teaching English and learning Spanish from scratch by watching television and doing language exchanges (see me speak Spanish here) in Valladolid and Santander, Spain.

I speak German (advanced), Spanish (advanced), French and Dutch (intermediate), Italian (low-intermediate) , and I have passable to extensive reading knowledge of Swedish, Russian, Estonian, Japanese, and Portuguese, as well as others. My current emphasis, as you can tell by the name of my website, is Mandarin Chinese, which I intend to acquire using The Natural Approach (refer to Automatic Language Growth for more on the method), that is, listening daily for as much as a year without speaking:)

I love learning and helping others learn languages, so please talk to me in any language, any time!

大家好! Schöne Gruesse! Saludos! Salut! Vriendelijke Groeten! Saluti! Tere kõik!

My LinkedIn profile:  David Martin

My LingQ profile: http://www.lingq.com/profile/DavidMartin/

Recommended ways to study at LingQ – http://tinyurl.com/3b5n2q8http://tinyurl.com/ycmrtdq

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2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Vera
    Jun 03, 2011 @ 07:29:51

    Hi David,

    how can I subscribe via RSS to your blog? I wasn’t able to find the link.

    Cheers,
    Vera

    Reply

  2. Janna
    Jul 19, 2011 @ 20:36:18

    David, I’m happy to find your blog. It’s very interesting and you have posted a lot of material. Congratulations! Best of luck with your chinese learning endeavors 🙂

    Reply

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