I was not academically gifted when it came to languages in school. My grades in both French and Irish were very poor. Whilst studying hotel management at Shannon, I spent a year long placement in French-speaking Switzerland, in a town called Montreux. From the beginning here, I tried very hard to speak French. When I returned to Shannon a year later, I could speak French very well and I had caught the language bug. For my fourth year placement, I chose to work for Sofitel in Paris as I believed that a good command of French would be able to open many doors in the future. The title for my college thesis was “language barriers in the hotel industry”. I worked for Accor hotels in Birmingham, England, where I was presented with another opportunity, to transfer for one year to Zurich, Switzerland. I thought this would be a great opportunity to learn German. One year later I returned to Ireland with a basic command of German but mixed with the local Swiss-German dialect. I would continue to use both languages in the hotel industry. In recent years I found work tour guiding at local sites. This really developed my confidence speaking telling our story in foreign languages, which I love. I believe I have wonderful luck to stumble upon this skill. In 2015, I enrolled for an honours degree in modern languages with the Open University. My goal is to be able to speak French and German correctly. I am currently in my final year studying German.