My (much less adventurous) background includes ballet, singing, a PhD in (German) literature, as well as a constant effort to seek updates in life sciences (genomics and medicine mainly). That's how i earned myself four MITx MOOCs certificates in biology.
Fluent in a few languages: English, German, French, also Lithuanian (!!) and Dutch. Passion for Mandarin Chinese language; trying to learn how to speak and write Chinese in my free time. Eager to practice, I speak to my husband who cannot even say hello in Mandarin Chinese (but knows his way around each and every computer coding language!), or to my stir-fry pan when standing in the kitchen and getting dinner ready, including the trees and ducks when i go for a walk in the park. In my family, everyone has lived and worked in various countries and is speaking at least three languages (my brother, an engineer, speaks 8!) Interestingly, my mom taught Spanish to my brother while i was being taught German from another part of the family. My granddad taught me English (through literature), which my mom only speaks when forced to. My dad (you wouldn't guess) is a rebel (fluent in Italian, but hardly anybody else in the family is. Ha!) We've got interesting family gatherings in various countries (even continents) where a bit of everything is spoken. My brother's in-laws mainly speak Cantonese. A true melting pot.
When i was a student, with (already) a passion for books, Elias Canetti (also from a polyglot family) captured my attention. There will be no need to learn languages now, as deep learning will teach this skill to machines, Google translate and stuff. Still... Connecting with people in their native language (or in any language they are truly mastering) seems as important to me as the ability to feel, to touch, to smell, to hear... Currently studying (as an autodidact) Chinese authors of sci-fi. Their work, their bio.
Extreme Disruption Humorist on twitter.
This is so cool https://t.co/IA0bmLKPIp— chrobertew (@chrobertew) March 25, 2017
Teachers have played a major part in my life so far (48 years old), especially:
Maurice Béjart (ballet)
Denise Daun (filmmaking, University of Nanterre, France)
Rémy Colombat (German literature)
Prof. Emmanuel Lincot, Jean-Christophe Victor (Geopolitics in Asia, geography)
François Muller (Linguistics)
My husband Eric Segui (computer coding)
The amazing MITxBio MOOC teaching staff: Professors Stephen Bell and Tania Baker. And the great Eric Lander!
Also, two amazing women who told me very early that writing would be my life-long partner: Prof. Jacqueline Magnou (Germanistik, Paris and Orleans, France), and Adriana Hass (Germanistik, Paris X Nanterre).
What kind of music are you listening?
This is more about interprets than music styles. For ex.: not a great fan of opera, but truly love this. Always interested in discovering younger and older interprets from around the world...