John-Paul Flintoff


Be Yourself In Any Language

We did it as children. We sometimes do it with people we know well. And we see other people do it on TV. But in practice, many of us struggle to speak naturally. We feel we can’t be truly “ourselves”…

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Why businesses need this

Being better at languages isn’t only good for holidays. As this quote from former German chancellor Willi Brandt makes clear, confidence and making an effort in a foreign language is also good for business.

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Not just about foreign languages

The truth is, Be Yourself In Any Language was designed to help absolutely everybody to be better at communication.

Many people have told us that it helps them to communicate more effectively in their own language, both in private conversation and when called on to speak in public.

Read their feedback…


On getting words wrong

What is it, exactly, that makes us less confident in foreign languages? I know, I know, that seems like a silly question – but only because most of us have been hardened, by years of language learning…

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What languages do we work with?

We’ve worked with: * American English * American Sign Language * British English * British Sign Language * Chinese (Mandarin & Cantonese) * Czech * Dutch * Farsi * French * German * Greek * Hindi * Hungarian * Italian * Japanese * Korean * Korean Sign Language * Polish * Portuguese * Russian * Spanish * Turkish * Urdu

Michel Thomas told me: eliminate anxiety

Michel Thomas was one of the most remarkable people I ever met. A Polish-born survivor of labour camps in Vichy France and agent of US counter-intelligence, he founded a “Polyglot Institute” in Beverl…

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“I was baffled and amazed by what you highlighted for me. As someone interested in non-verbal communication, who has practised walking proudly into a room, I didn’t realise how excruciatingly ‘low confidence’ I was when I talk about my work” – Lorna, media


How this can help you

This is about more than foreign languages. Fun, enjoyable, interactive

“Acting more powerful makes me feel more powerful”

This made me realise that gesture and expression can be just as useful as bei…

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Who are we?

Jude Claybourne, Antony Quinn, Barbara Le Lan and me, after running the first-ever session of Be Yourself In Any Language, in Cambridge, UK

Between us, the founders of Be Yourself In Any Language speak…

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Where do we work?

Be Yourself In Any Language had one of its first outings at The School Of Life, in 2014. I ran the session alongside Jude Claybourne and Antony Quinn.

The feedback was wonderful, and BYIAL has subsequ…

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