John-Paul Flintoff

What is BYIAL

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 you 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.


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


Who are we, what do we do?


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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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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Background on impro, and languages

How this can help you

“This makes foreign languages less alien”
A very innovative way to learn language
“Gave me more confidence. A wonderful way to connect with others”
Too much language learning is online and in your…

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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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