Episode 006

Faridat Audu

Why it's important to be global citizens

March 4, 2018

Episode Overview

“Bilingualism is a fundamental gift that every parent should give to their children”


It’s funny isn’t it how sometimes our inspiration to do something comes in the most random or unexpected way.

For Faridat Audu, the inspiration to become bilingual came in grade school when she admired her friend’s sister, who she thought was so elegant and sophisticated in part because she spoke French.  This admiration inspired Faridat to move to Côte d’Ivoire for University, and to immerse herself in the language.


And this life-long interest has led to academic degrees for Faridat, and to her becoming a bilingual teacher and author, and most recently CEO of a company focused on promoting bilingualism.

what you’ll learn in this episode

  • Why Faridat thinks every parent should give their children the ‘gift’ of bilingualism
  • What it means to be bilingual
  • Why she felt the need to challenge herself to be different
  • How moving to a country where she didn’t speak the language forced her to become fully bilingual
  • How admiration of her classmate’s sister inspired her to want to learn a second language
  • Why helping others to become bilingual has become her mission
  • Faridat’s advice on the best age to teach a child a second language
  • How even cartoons and games can be your secret weapon to help your children to learn a second language
  • How even adults can use their downtime to learn a second language
  • Her encouragement and advice for fellow African women
  • What her “I am…” is

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