Founder & Language Specialist
Judy Um is a polyglot, language specialist and language teacher based in Seoul, South Korea. She has worked as a translator at SBS (Seoul Broadcasting System) and a court interpreter at the Seoul Administrative Court, and she has interned at the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in Geneva, Switzerland.
She graduated Summa Cum Laude from Seoul National University with a B.A. in French and Hispanic literature and language and has studied at Hankuk University of Foreign Studies, Graduate School of Translation and Interpretation. She is also a writer at the Polyglot Monthly and a co-host of the “Let’s Talk Languages” podcast.
Having grown up in both Seoul and Vancouver, she has always had an interest in cultural diversity and languages. She speaks Korean, English, French, Spanish, Mandarin Chinese, Italian, and Portuguese at different levels, with a couple more languages in progress.
Languages are her true passion, love, and life. As a person who cannot imagine her life without languages, she has made it her life-long mission to perfect her language skills and share her passion with people around the world.
The Real Language Life
Her favourite pastime is taking language proficiency exams to gauge her linguistic abilities.
She has achieved the following levels in these languages:
Korean - Native
English - Bilingual proficiency
French - DALF C2 (April 2017)
Spanish - DELE C1 (January 2018)
Celpe Bras intermediário Superior B2 (March 2021)
Mandarin - Around HSK 4
Italian - B1