About Sara Maria

I’m Sara Maria

and I’m a linguist. In my case, that means I devote my time to studying how language works (both in structure, and in the brain).

Studying linguistics helped me to move past my initial struggles with learning a foreign language. It took me ten years to learn my first foreign language! But now I can now speak (at varying levels of proficiency): Spanish, French, Mandarin, Korean, American Sign Language, Nicaraguan Sign Language, and Indonesian. 

I am currently studying Mongolian, Turkish, Cantonese, and Malay.

I hope this blog helps inspire you to pick up a language or two!

For videos of me speaking these languages, check out my language-learning Instagram.

I am particularly interested in topics related to language acquisition, Asian languages, and language technology. 

After six years in South Korea, my home base is currently in Beijing, China.

My day job? I’m the founder and Managing Director of Meridian Linguistics, an Asian language data services company.

I also speak at conferences, webinars, and corporate events. My talks include topics such as: efficient language learning, extreme language learning, cross-cultural communication in the workplace, how to lead a team of remote employees, how to work with global freelancers, and more. For more information, please see my Media page.