About Trisha


你好, hello there, I’m Trisha (艾玛 – 派翠西 邓巴)

Founder of Language Learners Journal Ltd and Co-Founder of the Parleremo Language Marathon. I’m a certificated TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) tutor, inspirational speaker, mindfulness practitioner, professional blogger, writer, and award-winning entrepreneur from the UK!

My Journey

I sucked at learning new things at school, but then one day I started to make real progress with my learning. The teachers made me redo my work under close supervision thinking I was cheating!

However, they soon realized that the progress was coming directly from me. I went from being the bottom of the class needing support to the top of the class supporting others!

So how did I go from struggling learner to making real progress almost overnight?

I started to take a more mindful approach to my learning. This included introducing simple mindfulness practices to my daily study routine and developing positive thinking strategies. This improved my focus and attention span. As a result, I became a more disciplined learner that achieved set goals.

Now I want to help other language learners become more focused, motivated and successful at achieving their goals. That’s why I created Language Learners Journal Ltd and co-founded the Parleremo Language Marathon.

Today, I have an academic background in psychology, not linguistics. So I am approaching language learning from a fresh perspective.

My mission is to empower others to learn new skills, especially languages!  Whilst sharing my own experiences and language learning goals too. I do not consider myself to be polyglot, but rather a ‘polynot’. As long as I can order cake and coffee in my target language then I am happy!  

Languages studied: Spanish, Mandarin Chinese, French, German, Dutch, Icelandic, Italian, Slovenian (Slovene) & British Sign Language (BSL). 

Currently studying: Dutch and Chinese Mandarin. 

Awards and Nominations 

Language Learners Journal Ltd – Winner of the ‘Enabler Award’ from


Language Learners Journal Ltd. Founder Trisha was nominated for  ‘Female Entrepreneur of the Year Award 2018‘ at the Startup Disruptors Business Awards.


Voted one of the top 100 Language Learning Blogs (worldwide) in 2018 and 2019.

Top 100 Language Blogs

Guest Posts, Press, and Mentions

Top Tips from Top Language Learners – Clozemaster

50 extraordinary women who will inspire you to learn a language – Joy of Languages

How to Apply Mindfulness to Language Learning – Lingua Materna Podcast

How the early learning of languages can develop social skills in children – Bambini Lingo

Entrepreneur says holistic approach is key to success – The News

Language Learners Amplified Program (now the #15x100Challenge) – Lingo Hut

Interview with Michael from LangTech Podcast – Lang Tech Podcast

10 Actionable Steps to Motivate Language Learning – JabbaJabba

First Steps – Getting Started in Languages – Language Learning Library

11 Awesome People to Follow if You’re Learning Languages  – Recommended by Polyglot’s Diary

Opportunities & Online Collaborations 

I am currently seeking new opportunities both online and face-to-face.  I am open to collaboration work, guest posting and sponsorship deals with brands as long as they stand within the values of this site. I am also happy to speak at any motivational events within the UK and online get in contact today!

Get in Touch…

Interested in guest posting for Language Learners Journal? I would also love to hear about your experiences and language learning goals.

You can also message me on my Twitter or Facebook page.