English gives a voice to an Explorer to share his work with the world

National Geographic Explorer, archaeologist and cave diver Guillermo de Anda speaks about how English has helped him share his work with the world.



I am Guillermo de Anda. I am a National Geographic Explorer and I do research on caves and cenotes. Cenotes are flood caves. They're very abundant on this area and I direct the project, The Gran Maya Aquifer. I'm very ambitious, so what I'm trying to achieve is to preserve this part of our planet. We are in an amazing place. The Yucatan Peninsula has it all. It's very important to study and preserve all this. It really teaches who we were and how can we react to the environment, how can we go further to avoid destroying our planet? My grandfather was an English teacher and I have been in touch with the language back then. Then in school, they had English classes and then I continue with trying to learn the language. It has been essential in my life. English, it's the universal language. We have to accept it that way and it's super important because most of the literature of our research, any research is written in English. So for me, it has been a door opener. It's been amazing to be able to communicate with people from all over the world so yeah, English is very important. An English professor, an English teacher, you have one of the biggest missions in the world. Connect every student in every corner of the world with the rest of the people.

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