Mateusz Pietraszek

My name is Mateusz [matɛʷuʂ] and I’m a linguist, teacher and researcher. All my life has revolved around languages and language. I am one of those who believe a phonetics textbook is just as good a mood booster as a tub of chocolate ice-cream.

I graduated in Spanish studies from the Jagiellonian University of Cracow in 2007 (where I also obtained my teaching qualification and studied French and Catalan as additional languages). In 2009, I obtained a Master's Degree from the Autonomous University of Madrid. I also hold a Postgraduate Certificate in Translation and Linguistics from Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (2016). I am currently working on my PhD dissertation in English Linguistics at the Complutense University of Madrid. I speak Polish, English (C2), Spanish (C2), French (C1), Catalan (C1), German (C1) and have smatterings of Portuguese, Italian and Basque.

I have 13 years' experience as an English teacher (GE, ESP), including 9 years at university level. I have also taught Spanish as a foreign language to private students and groups. I am currently a lecturer in English Phonetics and Phonology for Education degrees at Universidad Francisco de Vitoria, Madrid as well as a DELE (Spanish as a Foreign Language Diploma) examiner.

My research interests include:

1)      phonetics and phonology – intelligibility of international English/English as a Lingua Franca (my PhD research field); contrastive English-Romance-Slavic phonetics

2)      morphosyntax – Differential Object Marking (DOM) in Polish and Spanish

3)      education – critical thinking skills and their assessment in the language classroom

To see my publications and a list of congresses I have presented my work at, please visit

In my free time I travel, hang out with friends, read, have naps, cook and eat, play with my pets and study foreign languages (currently honing my German).