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Old 18.02.2009, 15:44
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D/E Language Exchange

I saw a recent post for someone looking to improve their English. Is there anyone else out there interested in the same?

I am looking for someone who would not mind meeting (or phoning) for an hour or two each weekend where we spend 1/2 the time talking in German and the other in English.

Maybe a little background would be useful: American English is my mother tongue and I am probably a level A2 in German though I am stronger in some areas than others. I am a patient person and obviously would be looking for someone who was patient with my comparatively low-level German skills. Finally, I live in Zürich.

Therefore two questions:
1. If anyone is interested, please PM me.
2. If not, is there a better place to find folks that would be?
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Old 18.02.2009, 16:17
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Re: D/E Language Exchange

Hi there,

You may be able to find someone for this on this web page (somehow related to University of Zürich).

http://www.marktplatz.ethz.ch/index.cgi

It's called a "tandem" and there are some offers under "Lerngruppen". Not only students post there, so it's ok to use the webpage.

Wishing you "Viel Spass" in learning German.

Cheers!
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Re: D/E Language Exchange

Thanks Celine!

I tried this approach once before with Spanish, but after 3 years of US public-school Spanish instruction I could not even carry on a basic conversation so things broke down. Amazing how memorizing lists of nouns and verbs don't prepare you for a conversation. I did know something like 5 words for Bathroom though!
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I see what you mean!

On my side, Spanish at school was also a failure until I got myself an "intuitive" course with CDs, and I finally got somewhere.

For German, I'm trying to mix school-style learning (with Migrosklubschule), CDs / (free) Deutsche Welle Podcasts and hands-on, which would be a tandem and occasionnally intruding into my collegue's conversations
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Re: D/E Language Exchange

I do this with a swiss woman here in the Bern area. It does help a lot. I found her through the school where I take lessons. There are also a lot of posts for this on glocals.com.
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Re: D/E Language Exchange

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2. If not, is there a better place to find folks that would be?

Try livemocha.com. It's a lot of fun and people really help. You need to help them too, of course.
It's audio as well as writing and reading.
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Hi there
I would like to learn German. I can teach English or Spanish.
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I do this with a swiss woman here in the Bern area. It does help a lot. I found her through the school where I take lessons. There are also a lot of posts for this on glocals.com.
Hi, I would appreciate any suggestions of other native Swiss or German speakers I could do an exchange with...thanks!
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Hi
My name is Alexander, I am German and forty twoyears old. I am looking for an English native speaker in Zurich or in thesurrounding area close to Zurich who is willing to help me, to improve my communicationskills in order to pass my IELTS exam (especially the speaking part) next year.As a countermove to your help I will teach you German.

I toy with the idea to meet at least you once aweek for approximately two hours in the evening direct in Zurich. (Just forconversation) I am interested in travelling around the world, especiallyAustralia, crime stories, architecture and the daily news, and I am surely nota Monday-morning quarterback. I am looking forward to hearing from you.

Bye for now
Alexander
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Hi

My name is Alexander, I am German and forty twoyears old. I am looking for an English native speaker in Zurich or in thesurrounding area close to Zurich who is willing to help me, to improve my communicationskills in order to pass my IELTS exam (especially the speaking part) next year.As a countermove to your help I will teach you German.

I toy with the idea to meet at least you once aweek for approximately two hours in the evening direct in Zurich. (Just forconversation) I am interested in travelling around the world, especiallyAustralia, crime stories, architecture and the daily news, and I am surely nota Monday-morning quarterback. I am looking forward to hearing from you.

Bye for now

Alexander
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