Brian Smith was born in Germany in 1972. Son of a German mother and a British father he grew up having both German and English as his native languages. After completing his education in Germany, he moved in 1995 to Hong Kong where he spent twenty years teaching English and German. He has also learned other languages including French, Latin and Cantonese. His extensive teaching practice with people of different ages and nationalities, and his own experience in studying foreign languages have given him a unique appreciation of how best to help learners make progress. He has already written several books including a series of children's stories describing the magical adventures of two small boys.