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Old 24.06.2009, 03:29
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Find Your Tandem/Language Exchange Partner on EF!

Tandem language learning is a method of language learning based on the mutual exchange of language between tandem/language partners. Ideally, each learner is a native speaker in the language that the other party wishes to learn. it affords a unique opportunity not only to practise a language with a native speaker, but also to get to know a local, through whom one may learn about the local culture, politics and current affairs.

In EF, we have a wide spectrum of native speakers as well as people who are learning not only 1 of the swiss official langagues, but also other languages, it seems a waste not to approach them for help with langauges. Folks who wish to engage in language exchange should post a message with the following info:

i) language(s) that you are learning, including level
ii) language(s) you speak natively
iii) your location
iv) personal interests (eg sport, film, music etc)
v) short introduction about yourself

Do look through the posts and contact someone if the profile makes a good fit good luck!

ps: the intention of this thread is to host posts seeking language partners. If you have a burning story, opinion, question reagarding your experience, please post them, oh i dunno, maybe here
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Old 24.06.2009, 08:14
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Re: Tandem/Language Exchange Partner

Thank you so much for setting up this thread.....

i) Language(s) that you are learning, including level:
I am learning Italian and German both at a beginner level
ii) Language(s) you speak natively:
I speak English natively and I am also an English teacher
iii) Your location:
I live in Luzern
iv) Personal interests (eg sport, film, music etc):
I love traveling, cooking, reading, watching films, writing, studying, fashion, photography, crochet and having fun!
v) Short introduction about yourself
I have been living in Switzerland for almost 4 months, before that for my whole life I lived in Sydney Australia. I am still studying from Australia and I work in Luzern as an English teacher.
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i) language(s) that you are learning, including level
I am taking a German course at the Migros school at A2 level. The course seems to be entirely grammar-based though, with little conversation.

ii) language(s) you speak natively
I am a native English speaker.

iii) your location
I live in Zürich (Höngg)

iv) personal interests
Music (play violin, piano, and tenor sax though I only have the sax here), reading, writing, coding, doing stuff outdoors, cooking (and eating!), walking around & exploring.

v) short introduction about yourself
I am a dual Swiss-American citizen but I was born in the States and never learned any German. I've actually lived in Brisbane Australia for the past 4 years and have just moved to Zürich (last week!) for the next 8 months.

While I'm here I'm very interested in improving my conversational skills - I'm not at all happy that the course I'm taking is mostly grammar. I can converse ok if you don't speak too fast ;-) I have loads of free time so please send me a message!
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Old 24.06.2009, 23:24
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Re: Find Your Tandem/Language Exchange Partner on EF!

Great thread!

i) language(s) that you are learning, including level
I am currently learning German - using Rosetta Stone - almost to an A2 level per the Migros online test.
ii) language(s) you speak natively
English
iii) your location
Schaffhausen
iv) personal interests (eg sport, film, music etc)
enjoy the outdoors - biking - walking - recently inline skating - movies
v) short introduction about yourself
Have been living here full time for 6 months and am in a registerred partnership with a great guy. I work from home on US busniess hours so I haven't had a chance to do any of the standard social events since they are typically on a Friday. Would like to meet others to practice the speaking side of German or a German speaker who'd like to learn English.
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Old 26.06.2009, 19:27
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i) language(s) that you are learning, including level

Hochdeutsch (A1) with evening classes and various web resources; Spanish (B1)

ii) language(s) you speak natively

I took an online test from inlingua and got a B2 in English. I am from NY.

iii) your location

Zurich

iv) personal interests (eg sport, film, music etc)

Wine and coffee (not at the same time), fussball/futbol/soccer, hiking, and watching movies

v) short introduction about yourself

I am in my late 20s and I like long walks on the beach (wait, what?).
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Old 05.07.2009, 21:50
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i) Language(s) that you are learning, including level:
been learning French & English for a couple of years
ii) Language(s) you speak natively:
German and Serbian
iii) Your location:
I live in AG
iv) Personal interests (eg sport, film, music etc):
I love traveling, , reading, watching films, writing, fashion and just enjoying life
v) Short introduction about yourself
I am Swiss but going to move to the UK soonish
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Old 06.07.2009, 15:17
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Re: Find Your Tandem/Language Exchange Partner on EF!

i) language(s) that you are learning, including level
Basic German - A2
ii) language(s) you speak natively
Brazilian Portuguese
iii) your location
Zurich
iv) personal interests (eg sport, film, music etc)
Cycle riding, snowboarding, cooking, movies, reading, the list can continue for ages.
v) short introduction about yourself
I arrived in Switzerland almost a year ago. My husband is native English and used to teach English as a foreign language. We would like to have help improving our German and in return I can teach Brazilian Portuguese or my husband can teach English.
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i) language(s) that you are learning, including level
ii) language(s) you speak natively
iii) your location
iv) personal interests (eg sport, film, music etc)
v) short introduction about yourself
1. I am interested in learning French. I am a relative beginner with some knowledge.
2. English is my native language, and my high German is excellent so it would be possible to do an exchange for both.
3. Am in Nidau near Biel but willing to travel within reason.
4. Am a professional classical musician and love to talk about, well, music. Other good topics include personal develoment, psychology, life in Switzerland ... Hobbies include meditation, film (looking forward to Harry Potter!), relaxing and drinking coffees in Switzerland's numerous cafes, decorating my apartment.
5. Originally from the US, 30 years old.
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Re: Find Your Tandem/Language Exchange Partner on EF!

i) language(s) that you are learning, including level
i am trying to leanr german, which should be easy for me since i took it 7 years in high school, but at the moments im a beginners level speaking wise. im trying to learn spanish, which i have a much better level in.
ii) language(s) you speak natively
my mother tongue is swedish but i also speak english fluently.
iii) your location
zürich, wollishofen
iv) personal interests (eg sport, film, music etc)
art, design, music music music, traveling, architecture
v) short introduction about yourself
ive been here in zürich since april, before that ive been a bit here and there
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i) language(s) that you are learning, including level
I am trying to learn Italian.
ii) language(s) you speak natively
English
iii) your location
Mendrisio - Ticino
iv) personal interests
cooking, eating and touring Ticino when in Switzerland
v) short introduction about yourself
Offficially resident in Ticino, paying taxes in Ticino, looking for a business venture to start in Ticino/Switzerland
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Old 07.07.2009, 11:13
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Re: Find Your Tandem/Language Exchange Partner on EF!

i) language(s) that you are learning, including level: German - early intermediate, Italian - beginner, Mandarin - beginner.
ii) language(s) you speak natively: English, Malay
iii) your location: Cham, Zug canton
iv) personal interests (eg sport, film, music etc): reading, photography, nature, long walks, cooking, baking, movies, writing
v) short introduction about yourself: Regular kind of person, I guess. Sometimes nutty.
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Old 07.07.2009, 12:16
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i) language(s) that you are learning, including level
German - New learner
ii) language(s) you speak natively
English
iii) your location
Zurich
iv) personal interests (eg sport, film, music etc)
Basketball, Roaming around City, Export and Import, Painting
v) short introduction about yourself
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i)
*English (C2 specializing in regional vernaculars such as Oz, Texan, Ebonics, Prep Talk and Singlish)
*Chinese (A1/A2)
*Vietnamese (A1/A2)
ii)
*Italian (A0 but improving thanks to my patient 2-year-old cousin)
iii)
*Panhandling between Zurich and Lugano, with frequent visits to Heidiland
iv)
*Snorkeling
*Risotto
*Snorkeling in a tank filled with risotto
v)
All of the above
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i) language(s) that you are learning, including level
German, A2 and English(want to speak like native British)
ii) language(s) you speak natively
natively: Hindi
fluently: English
iii) your location
Zürich
iv) personal interests (eg sport, film, music etc)
enjoy the outdoors - movies - music
v) short introduction about yourself
I have been in Zuirch since a year.Happy to meet new people (both expats and swiss)

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i) language(s) that you are learning, including level
German, B2

ii) language(s) you speak natively
Mandarin

iii) your location
Zurich

iv) personal interests (eg sport, film, music etc)
Film, traveling, reading


v) short introduction about yourself
I am a native Chinese speaker from Taiwan. I would like to have conversational German-Chinese exchange. I am interested in all kinds of topics in German and would like to have a topic to discuss every time. I can help you with Business usages, financial terms or cultural stuffs in Chinese. Drop me a message if you are interested in.

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i) language(s) that you are learning, including level
I would like to learn Italian
ii) language(s) you speak natively
English
iii) your location
Lugano - Ticino
iv) personal interests
swimming, tennis, ping-pong, chess, cooking, dancing, skiing
v) short introduction about yourself
world citizen, worked for American banks, World Bank, European Commission Program, Deutsche Telecom subsidiary etc, officially resident in Lugano in 2008, visiting Lugano since 2006, quit job and accelerated MBA studies abroad, have just put forward Ph.D. proposal thesis abroad and Florida State University Alumni.
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i) language(s) that you are learning, including level
ii) language(s) you speak natively
iii) your location
iv) personal interests (eg sport, film, music etc)
v) short introduction about yourself
1. I want to learn Swiss German (my high German is C1 Inlingua, conversationally fine).
2. My mother tongue: Vietnamese. I speak fluently English and French (without strong accent).
3. I live and work in Bern (but can travel).
4. All kinds of sport in general, practising them 4 times/week, other hobbies: music, movie, cooking, partying, travelling.
5. I am a young vietnamese male, senior IT engineer in Bern. Open-minded, multicultural, friendly and helpful.

I have done Tandem several times in the past for my french and high German, it worked very well! So if you speak Swiss German, and expect to improve your english (speaking/writing), french (speaking/writing) or even Vietnamese, please kindly contact me, then we can arrange the meeting. Thanks for reading!
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1 German at a b1 level

2 English

3 Zurich anywhere in the city is fine for me

4 partying traveling eating rock/mountain climbing

5 i am a 20 year old american student and currently spending 3 months in Zurich (i have about 2 more) and would like to find a native speaker to help improve my german
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i) language(s) that you are learning, including level
English - B2
ii) language(s) you speak natively
German (without a Swiss dialect)
iii) your location
Zurich / Wattwil
iv) personal interests
sport, film, music, travelling, roaming around the City, export and import, books, have fun, good food, stock markets
v) short introduction about yourself
I'm from Germany and I have been living in Switzerland for 10 years.
Live your dream

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hi,

i) language(s) that you are learning, including level
German, start from absolute zero, finding a school now
ii) language(s) you speak natively
Mandarin, English
iii) your location
Zurich
iv) personal interests (eg sport, film, music etc)
travel, photography (amateur), resolution in this new city: pick up the max Zurich/Switzerland can offer
v) short introduction about yourself
love to meet new friends from all over the world, plan to pick up different activities here, always have hundreds of ideas but just need to find time for them, secretly enjoy drinking wine but always turn too blushed ...
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