The Story of My Language Hub

My Language Hub (MLH) is a language service company based in the heart of Letchworth Garden City, Hertfordshire, UK. MLH provides translation and language-related education services.

Our Translation Department also deals with transcription, subtitling and ancillary services, and our Education Department offers foreign language classes and exam preparation courses, from GCSE and A-Level to IELTS and the DipTrans.

Carina Balbo and Hugh Ottewell, the founders of My Language Hub, share a common passion for languages: Carina primarily for English and Hugh for Spanish. Not surprisingly, when Carina and Hugh met, their aligned interests proved a powerful formula.

Carina read English and Linguistics in her native Argentina. Incorporating My Language Hub was the culmination of a professional odyssey after years of working as a freelance translator from her garden office.

Hugh’s first love has always been Spanish. His passion for all things Hispanic accompanied him throughout university. After his career as an Army Officer, the obvious path was to become a Modern Foreign Language teacher.

My Language Hub Ltd. (MLH) was born in 2016. The HQ was initially a wonderfully comfortable and cozy log cabin and garden office. The primary activities were translation and linguistic validation.

Carina and Hugh’s young children inspired them to open up a language school in their local community. MLH's vision of promoting languages at all levels and all ages led to the creation of MLH Education Services.

In 2018, MLH moved to its current premises, with classrooms and separate offices, in the heart of Letchworth Garden City, right opposite the Railway Station.

My Language Hub is passionate about language teaching and learning. We are aware of the stress both teachers and students have as a result of the varying aspects of school life. MLH wants to make a difference in Education.

MLH aspires to be the local and regional go-to language service company for all our customers’ language needs. MLH is an Accredited Member of the Association of Translation Companies, and our professional standards in Education are guaranteed by the ISO 9001:2015 accreditation. 

  • Sept. 2016My Language Hub Ltd. is born

    After years of working as language professionals, Carina and Hugh incorporate My Language Hub.
  • Sept. 2016Translation Department

    A natural progression of Carina's 20 years' experience as a professional translator. Home-based in our garden office.
  • Oct. 2017Education Department

    An obvious result of Carina and Hugh's passion for languages. This initiative started with PASS (Primary After School Spanish): a Spanish club for children in Years 1 to 3 and hiring a room in a community centre to teach Spanish to children and adults.
  • Sept. 2018MLH moves ...

    ... to its own premises in the town centre of Letchworth Garden City, boasting a great space for our language classes, for children and adults.
  • Aug. 2020CIOL Exam Centre

    MLH creates "Foundations of Translation", a preparatory course for the Diploma in Translation, and becomes an Exam Centre of the Chartered Institute of Linguists, the pre-eminent UK-based professional membership body for language practitioners.
  • Nov. 2020ATC Accredited Member

    In the space of 2 months, MLH jumps from Associate to Accredited Member of the Association of Translation Companies, the professional membership association representing language service companies in the UK and abroad.
  • Mar. 2021ISO Accredited

    MLH wins two ISO accreditations: ISO 17100:2015, for Translation Services, and ISO 9001:2015 for Quality Management, which guarantees our standards in the education sector.
  • Apr. 2021Cyber Essentials Certified

    We all know the risks of data protection, that is why MLH takes all the precautions to safeguard our clients' confidential details. This is the result.
  • Sept. 2021Anniversary! 🎉

    MLH is 5 years old!

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