Sophia

Sophia

Born to Greek parents in London, Sophia has always had itchy feet foreign lands and a tendency to talk non-stop (whatever the language). And although she was not overly enthused about being the kid who went to Greek school, Sophia definitely owes her penchant for language to this early indoctrination.

Her dual heritage ensured she understood cross-cultural nuance – from Greek anti-vegetarianism and laws of punctuality to British apologising syndrome and tea-solves-every-crisis mentality. As a toddler, Sophia was torn away from neighbouring tables at restaurants where she was often found conducting personal interviews with strangers, having exhausted all conversation with her own entourage.

This love of talking morphed into a love of all things language-related and all things foreign, which is why she studied Ancient Greek, Modern Greek, Latin, French and Spanish at school and went on to study French and Spanish at university.

Originally from an island called Oinousses, which means ‘island of wine’, it was no real surprise that she fled to Argentina, land of abundant wine and succulent meat, as soon as she had her degree under her belt. There, she worked for a premium Airbnb-style company in Buenos Aires where she felt obliged to sample carnivorous eateries and bodegas to provide first-hand recommendations to guests, ensuring they had truly authentic experiences of the city. Once choripán and empanadas had established a harmful relationship with her waistline, she made the decision to reconnect with her Greenglish roots on British soil.

Equipped with many a new passport stamp and a somehow even huskier voice, she embarked on a career in transcreation in London, first, at a small start-up transcreation agency and then at the fine Mother Tongue headquarters in January 2017.

Likes: leaving voice notes, foreign supermarkets, playing Articulate!, reggaeton, orange juice with bits, Ikea.

Dislikes: waiting to cross roads, being cold, solitary hiccups, buses that don’t wait after watching you run for them, the Insert button.

Mother tongue: English

Other languages: Spanish, French, Greek (embarrassingly little)