Profiling Lingual Prodigy Inga Freise Stahle
Most people speak one, perhaps two languages if their home is bicultural. There are those who top out at three lingual proficiencies, and then there is Inga Freise Stahle. Inga Freise Stahle is proficient in five different languages.
Inga Freise Stahle’s native tongues are French and German, however a Swiss upbringing adds yet another dialect to her collection. Inga Freise Stahle’s status as a business professional adds to her reasoning for mastering the English language. Time spent in Sweden gave her a fluid command of Swedish, which is a Germanic language. Portuguese and even some Russian integrated themselves into her life when she took up residence in each respective country.
In her position as the Administrative Assistant at the Haut-Lac International School in Vevey, Switzerland, Inga Freise Stahle finds frequent opportunities to utilize each of these languages as she interacts with a diverse group of students and parents. This “gift of language” is an amazing benefit for Inga Freise Stahle as she often is tasked to translate student needs to the institute’s administrators.
Inga Freise Stahle is lucky in that in her early years, there was no question that she would speak more than one language. It is her instant immersion in a multicultural community that Inga Freise Stahle credits for her knack in picking up foreign tongues so easily.
Historically, Inga Freise Stahle has spent much of her time tutoring adults and children in the correct annunciation of new languages. She enjoys using her proficiency of the spoken word to educate others. When Inga Freise Stahle tutors she is exposed to even more cultures and languages, further reinforcing her already expansive understanding of global verbal communication.
As a parent, teaching her children to communicate across cultural boundaries is important to Inga Freise Stahle. She proudly instills in them her love of learning new words, and new ways to express themselves, all while learning about international societies.
About Inga Freise Stahle
Inga Freise Stahle speaks five languages, with fluency in French, German, English and Swedish. It’s a talent that has proven to be valuable for Inga Freise Stahle, vocationally speaking. As administrative assistant to the director at Haut-Lac International School, Inga Freise Stahle is often appointed to greet new students and their parents, a responsibility that requires the ability to communicate in a variety of languages.
Born in Lausanne, Switzerland, Inga Freise Stahle has also lived in Sweden, Portugal, and Russia.
Inga Freise Stahle graduated from Goethe-Institut with a diploma in German teaching, which led to service as a German tutor in Switzerland and Moscow. From 2006-2007, Inga Freise Stahle worked as a French assistant at the British International School of Rosinka, Moscow. At Siemens-Elema AB, Inga Freise Stahle assisted with translations from the Swedish language into German, French and English.
As part of her duties at Haut-Lac International School, Inga Freise Stahle organizes all administrative work for the school. This provides Inga Freise Stahle with an opportunity to use all of her known languages in communicating with the international student body. French is Inga Freise Stahle’s first mother language and German is her second. Inga Freise Stahle is also fluent in English and Swedish, and possesses a working knowledge of Portuguese and some Russian.
Prior to her work in the field of education, Inga Freise Stahle enjoyed a career in marketing and public relations. Her work with Phillip Morris SA included market research and trend analysis, as well as solid one-to-one marketing experience. She also managed consumer promotions. With Special Events Mgt., Inga Freise Stahle organized seminars and VIP trips, as well as organizing VIPs at Formula 1 Grand Prix in Europe. For M.I.S., Inga Freise Stahle conducted opinion polls for the Swiss-German-speaking region, once again putting her multilingual skills to use.
Always interested in furthering her education, Inga Freise Stahle is currently studying advanced Excel, PowerPoint and Word. She has trained as a pharmacist, executive secretary and travel agent, in addition to her extensive study of various languages. She received a diploma from the Athena tourism and executive secretarial school in Lausanne, after beginning a career as a travel agent with Havas Voyages, also in Lausanne. In 1989, she received a diploma from the British-Swiss Chamber of Commerce for the Intermediate Business English Examination.
A graduate of Pully High School, Inga Freise Stahle currently lives in Switzerland with her two children, Petter and Emilie. Her hobbies include skiing, swimming, tennis, and travel.