About Jan Oko

I once wanted something very badly. I said that it was my dream to get it, but I didn’t do anything to actually get it. At that moment one good person told me: You must seize your dreams!

Dreams do not come true themselves. You have to work for it. This became my motto. I’ve applied this rule to all the things I do and this made me where I am now.

One of my dreams is to speak as many languages as possible. It’s not a SMART goal, I’m the first to admit it. But it’s a goal coming out of passion. I didn’t realise it from the very beginning. My life was full of different good and bad experiences and very lat I realised that whenever something I did, had something to do with language, it gave me the energy to work with it. I really love learning new languages, discovering where they come from and studying them. That’s the reason why I’m not only learning new vocabulary and grammar, not only languages that are used now, but also their history and ancient languages. Latin is the one I like the most from all the ancient tongues. One of my goals is to start speaking it fluently.

As a result of this passion, I became a language teacher. I started this blog, as I want to share my interests with other people. I want you to start loving languages as I do, I want to help you find all the energy that you need on this fantastic journey. Languages are a wonderful guide that takes us on an adventure to different times and cultures.

This linguistic passion led me and is still taking me to many other fascinating places. It shows be new books, history, cultures and people. But languages are not the only thing that engages me. I love history – from ancient times to modern affairs, from big political issues to little riddles of my personal family history. Sometimes I’m off to skies with astronauts, deep space probes and looking into the far depths of the universe with the biggest telescopes or our times. This passion for knowledge and seeking the truth about the universe (and life, and everything) is my life. I hope you’ll join me!

Languages I speak:

  • Polish – native
  • English – C2
  • German – C1
  • Spanish – B1

Below B1 level: Latin, Ancient Greek, Russian, Ukrainian, Italian.

I learnt also Ancient Hebrew, Portuguese and Uzbek, but I must admit that I just now a few words or phrases in those. My aim is to become a polyglot and a hyperglot, so I’m going to continue learning more languages.

Job Experience

  • 01/2015 – English, German, Polish Teacher: self-employed
  • 09/2013 – 08/2014 Capgemini (Infrastructures Services): IT Processes Administrator
  • 10/2012 – 09/2013 Capgemini (Infrastructures Services): Customer Service Advisor
  • 03/2013 – 02/2014 Centrum Edukacji “Siódemka”: English Teacher
  • 09/2008– 08/2011 Gimnazjum nr 9 im. Jana Pawła II in Ruda Śląska: religion teacher

My Education

  • 2016 – 2019 BA: English Philology: Translation, WSZOP (still studying)
  • 2017 TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages); Arizona State University
  • 2002– 2008 MA: Theology, University of Silesia, graduated as one of the 5% best graduates in 2008.

For more details, please visit my LinkedIn profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/janoko/

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