My name is Emeraude van Deenen, and I have lost my heart to the Dutch language from the moment that I could read. As a child, I read anything and everything – at the age of eleven I had devoured most of the child and youth books from the local library and I secretly used my mother’s access card in order to read all the adult books as well.
During secondary school I got even more inspired by my talented Dutch teacher. In my last year at this school, I decided to study Dutch and Literature at the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam. I assumed that I would find a way to use the language in order to connect to people, which was – and still is – my other big passion.