Third Culture Kid
Updated: Jun 7, 2019
"Perhaps home is not a place but simply an irrevocable condition.” ―
James Baldwin, Giovanni's Room -
A question that is not always easy to answer: I was born to a Bulgarian mother and a Greek father, spent most of my childhood in Greece and my teenage years and adulthood in the United Kingdom. I am what you would call a "third culture kid".
The term, coined by the American sociologist Ruth Hill Useem, refers to a person who has spent a significant part of their formative years outside their parents’ culture. People like me who fit that bill have a tendency to mix and merge their birth culture with their adopted culture, creating one of their own: a third culture.
Growing up with an array of different languages around me, I was always fascinated by the spoken word and the differences of expressing oneself in a variety of languages. I felt that the best way to express this love for languages was to become an Interpreter and Translator. After 12 years of freelancing in different countries, I decided to share this passion with other fellow linguists by starting my own translation agency: Lost In Translation is a product of all of the above and more.