Adept English is a small group of people who have teamed up to bring you a better way of learning English language.
I’m a UK native speaker. I think I have a fairly standard English accent, though I was born in Wales and lived there for the first 22 years of my life. Since then I’ve lived in the south of England. Language was really relevant to me from quite early on in my life.
Although my parents and family spoke English, because of the spirit of nationalism in Wales, I attended Welsh school. This meant that although English was my first language, spoken at home, my primary and secondary education was all in the Welsh language. This proved problematic at times – for example, it was difficult to learn A level Economics in Welsh, when there were only textbooks in English! However, this experience of the need to be bi-lingual from an early age and its difficulties has stayed with me – I know how difficult it can be juggling languages. When I first came to England, although I was educated with a degree and British, spelling in English was not my strong point, because my English prior to this had been largely spoken – all my written work in school was in Welsh. I have mastered English spelling since however!
I’m very interesting in British culture and language, but I am also importantly the technical guru for the adeptenglish.com project. I studied Computing at the University of Wales and have had a long career in the Information Technology. I worked for British Steel (strange coincidence!), and for CSC, Ernst & Young, theExchange, Hyperion, RFTrack and a number of other companies. While I am highly technically skilled – and enjoy computer programming for pleasure, I was also appointed to senior and strategic management positions, like Chief Technology Officer for several companies.
Several years ago (and to coincide with the birth of my 3rd child), I decided to take a career break and to follow my own projects. So adeptenglish.com is my latest project – and I am the guy behind the technical wizardry which makes the site possible. But I’m also a native English language speaker, so I will be contributing to the articles, podcasts and courses, naturally.
I look forward to solving any technical issues and to communing with you on Facebook and Twitter.