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Old 24.06.2009, 02:29
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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, 07:14
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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, 22:24
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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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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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Re: Find Your Tandem/Language Exchange Partner on EF!

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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Re: Find Your Tandem/Language Exchange Partner on EF!

i) Language(s) that you are learning, including level:
I am learning German/Swiss German and very much a beginner
ii) Language(s) you speak natively:
I speak only English
iii) Your location:
I live in Zurich
iv) Personal interests (eg sport, film, music etc):
Reading, cinema, Yoga/Meditation, walking, cooking, socialising
v) Short introduction about yourself
New in Zurich but lived here about 15 years ago, love people in general and exploring new things

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Re: Tandem/Language Exchange Partner

i) Language(s) that you are learning, including level:
I am learning French. It is difficult to talk about my level because I understand a lot of French (both academic writing and spoken), but my active knowledge is pretty low.
ii) Language(s) you speak natively:
I speak English natively and I am also have taught ESL in the past. I am also fluent in Italian.
iii) Your location:
I live in St-Sulpice (VD)
iv) Personal interests (eg sport, film, music etc):
I love traveling, cooking, reading, watching movies, writing, studying, and having fun!
v) Short introduction about yourself
I have been living in Switzerland for about a month now, before that I lived in Atlanta, GA, Baltimore, MD, and even Rome, Italy for a while. I am a career academic (PhD)--archaeology and ancient history are my subjects.
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Re: Find Your Tandem/Language Exchange Partner on EF!

) Language(s) that you are learning, including level:
German (C1)
ii) Language(s) you speak natively:
Chinese
iii) Your location:
Zurich
iv) Personal interests (eg sport, film, music etc):
Traveling, swimming, shopping,meet friends !
v) Short introduction about yourself
Hi, I just moved to Zurich, would like to continue learn German and make new friends.
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Re: Find Your Tandem/Language Exchange Partner on EF!

i) Language(s) that you are learning, including level:
French (A1)
ii) Language(s) you speak natively:
German, Spanish
iii) Your location:
Gland (VD)
iv) Personal interests (eg sport, film, music etc):
Traveling, shopping, music, friends, books, cooking and baking, lots of sports
v) Short introduction about yourself
Hi, I am a 26 year old young female professional and come from Germany. I have moved to Switzerland on my own, would love to improve my French and make new friends in the region. I take private lessons once a week and hope to be able to speak a bit more in a few months.
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Re: Find Your Tandem/Language Exchange Partner on EF!

i) Language(s) that you are learning, including level:
German (A1) - I'm taking German classes now
ii) Language(s) you speak natively:
English, Taiwanese (Min Nan), Mandarin
iii) Your location:
Thun (BE)
iv) Personal interests (eg sport, film, music etc):
Cooking, movies, music, food, friends, travel, etc... all the generic yet relevant stuff.
v) Short introduction about yourself
I just moved here from the US with my husband a few months ago. My German lessons are going well, but I'd like to have the opportunity to speak more. I'm also looking for someone to speak Mandarin with. I rarely get to speak it anymore that I'm on the verge of forgetting! o_O
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hi bluetulip,
if you are stgill intrested in improving your Italian we, my wife and me, would be glad to help.
contact me in PM.

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dear all,
we're (my wife and me) currently living in Zurich.

i) Language(s) that you are learning (or wish to learn), including level:

German A2

ii) Language(s) you speak natively:
Italian

iii) Your location:
Zurich

iv) Personal interests (eg sport, film, music etc):
Food, wine, traveling, cinema, football

v) Short introduction about yourself
I have been living in CH for 2 years and now we really need to become a little fluent in German.
possibly to arrange video call by Skype

Looking forward to hearing back from you

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Re: Find Your Tandem/Language Exchange Partner on EF!

Hi fellas! I'm an eclectic 31yo married guy with interests spanning from reading to engineering to music to artificial intelligence to bushcraft... you name it!
I need to get some Swiss German skills going FAST, and I'd love to meet some natives willing to practice a bit of English or Italian

i) language(s) that you are learning, including level
I'm a square zero in German, but this will change soon

ii) language(s) you speak natively
Italian, Sardinian, and I'm proficient in English (also technical writing)

iii) your location
I live in Wädenswil, but Chur-to-Winterthur is all game for me

iv) personal interests (eg sport, film, music etc)
As written in the introduction: it'll be hard for you to name a topic I'm not interested into

v) short introduction about yourself
Sardinia -> Lugano -> Wädenswil

Tschüss!!
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i) language(s) that you are learning, including level
English B2 German end A1
ii) language(s) you speak natively
French
iii) your location
Lausanne
iv) personal interests (eg sport, film, music etc)
Cinema, Travel
v) short introduction about yourself
I'm 31 years old, I'm actually looking for a job in Marketing. I would like to have some talks in order to improve my fluidity when I speak English!
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Hi! I'm a 34 year old Finnish girl interested in sports and the outdoors. I need to brush up my German conversation skills. I used to be fluent in German, and still understand most of it, but after 12 years of not speaking a word of German, my skills are rusty. I’m eager to start right away, and meet up 2-4 times a week the upcoming weeks. If you are looking for practice in Swedish or Finnish, contact me :-) I’m a native Swedish speaker, and of course also speak Finnish.

i) language(s) that you are learning, including level
Geman, intermediate or advanced

ii) language(s) you speak natively
Swedish and Finnish

iii) your location
Zürich, preferably Kreis 4, 5, 6, 9, 10, or the center.

iv) personal interests (eg sport, film, music etc)
Sailing, skiing, hiking, fitness

v) short introduction about yourself
I’ve just moved to Zurich with my husband and baby, who is expected this winter. I work as a Marketing Manager in the financial industry. I come from Finland, and speak both Swedish (my mother tongue) and Finnish.
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Re: Tandem/Language Exchange Partner

i) Language(s) that you are learning, including level:
German, Basic
ii) Language(s) you speak natively:
Arabic, Fluent in English however
iii) Your location:
Buchs- Dellikon Zurich
iv) Personal interests (eg sport, film, music etc):
Sports, Series/Movies, Pets, Reading
v) Short introduction about yourself
I came from Egypt to be with my soon to be wife, however i am very lacking in friends and company here, I could be your friend and language exchange partner!
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i) Language(s) that you are learning, including level:
French, B2-C1
ii) Language(s) you speak natively:
Italian
iii) Your location:
La Chaux-de-fonds, canton de Neuchâtel
iv) Personal interests (e g sport, film, music etc):
Cycling, trekking, skiing, drink a proper beer ��
v) Short introduction about yourself:
Mid 20s, from the South of Italy, firstly in Turin and after in Grenoble, I’m now in Switzerland to do my final internship in Stryker till the end of the year. See u soon!
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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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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.
Hello!
I am swiss french native and I want to be better in english. In fact, I want, for me and also, maybe, for business, be able to understand every conversation on every subject, I want to be able to watch every movies in english, etc... I am a french redactor so, french is my hobby ;-)
I love music, classical, jazz, some frenchies also. Maybe we can met in the middle of our location place as La Neuveville? Or maybe one time I come to Bienne and one time you come to Neuchâtel?
Hope you'll be interested (or interesting?) to meet me!
You can let me a message [email removed as per rules, use PM instead]
Thank you and hope to hearing from you soon!
Mary

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