Steve Kaufmann grew up in the English speaking area of Montreal, Canada. He is a graduate of L’Institut d’Etudes Politiques in Paris, France (1966), and a former Canadian Diplomat.
Currently he is President of KP Wood Ltd, a company involved in the international wood products trade. He is also co-founder of LingQ, an online language learning system and Web 2.0 community, whose members from all over the world help each other learn up to 21 languages.
Until the age of seventeen he spoke only English. Today he knows 16 languages and speaks at least half a dozen of them quite fluently, he is determined to add more.
He is the author of The Way of the Linguist, A Language Learning Odyssey.