'The Hyperpolyglot Activist: Learn Languages, Make a Difference' is a public outreach initiative devoted to fostering a unique dialogue between three fascinating domains:
A. Polyglossia: serial language learning as primarily driven by passion and curiosity. Our services include language lessons in English, Spanish, Portuguese, French, German, Italian, Ladino, Serbian, Mandarin and Esperanto, as well as courses on language learning methods and consulting.
B. Linguistics: the systematic study of language, including its structure and context. This initiative implies the popularization of key terms in critical linguistics ("named languages", "translanguaging", "L1 speaker") and exposing linguistic ideologies ("nativespeakerism", "accentism", "monolingualism")
C. Activism: the conscious and ongoing effort to intervene in social, political, economic or environmental reform with the desire to make changes in society toward a perceived greater good. This also means collaborating with further organizations that seek to use language learning to make a difference, including "The Polyglot Conference", "Respond: Crisis, Translation", "HYPIA: The International Association of Hyperpolyglots", "Speaking Tongues", "Monoglossia", "Talking Language" and "Ladino 21".
The Hyperpolyglot Activist is the brainchild of Dr. Carlos Yebra López.
Born and raised in Spain to a monolingual family, Carlos would go on to reach fluency in 10 languages, becoming a hyperpolyglot and using language(s) to make a positive difference in the world.
He spent his college life between Paris, Berlin, London and Jerusalem, exploring the relationship between language and politics.
In 2014 he disembarked in the US as a Fulbright Instructor of Spanish. A year later he moved to New York City to pursue his doctoral studies. As a research scholar, he created a digital archive to protect an endangered language known as Ladino (Judeo-Spanish), and spent a semester learning Mandarin in Shanghai.
In 2020 Carlos earned his doctorate in Spanish and Portuguese Languages and Literatures from New York University, where he currently works as a Lecturer. He has been recently awarded a Visiting Fellowship at the University of Cambridge to share his research on minority languages in the summer of 2022.