A single older man living in Hawaii with a few semesters of Confucius Institute Chinese at Univ. of Hawaii. I can do WeChat or/& facebook messenger.
Know a bit about computers and computer security; a bit about art (graphic); have worked in federal court as a court reporter; have taught for a few years for Kaiser Permanente. Vietnam veteran. Re-inventing myself after a few bad e-commerce (financial) experiences online. Hobbies? Education in a variety of subjects. Not particularly obsessed with physical fitness but have 30 years experience with yoga and tai ji.
More about me so you can make a better idea of how we might help each other:
If language exchange is your goal and English is part of that, we can use GoogleDrive interactively for a huge boost to our studies. iPhone isn't so good for that purpose. Best is with a tablet/laptop and at least 2 computer monitors. I don't teach ESL but have a court reporter's competence with the language, as well as a large stock of professional ESL audio and pdf materials easily uploadable to GDrive for you to download. And I am a patient person.
I come to Language Exchange to exchange with Native Chinese speakers to learn more authentic Mandarin and Chinese culture. I've watched Chinese tv series and movies and documentaries for about 5 years now, more or less obsessively. Favorite series include Romance of Three Kingdoms; Empress of China; Nothing Gold Can Stay; Princess Agents; Di RenJie; Chinese Interpol 803 and other police procedural. More movies than I can count -- I really like historical movies and movies with a financial focus; psychological focus; economic development focus; emerging technology focus; military focus; village life focus, and more.
Studied Mandarin (I still suck.:我的普通话不好。对不起)) from the major sources in US including Confucius Institute at Univ. of Hawaii for a few semesters, and downloaded whole tutorial series from CCTV4 and elsewhere -- obviously there's a ton of stuff available; I've collected a ton of it. I've understood the major patterns/approaches (their pros/cons) to teaching Mandarin in the U.S.; no need to spend more money going to formal school then, working on my own is more important, and working with a few or many native speakers of the language.
Long ago I watched the Teach Mandarin series on BON TV, by the multi-lingual African guy, Francis Tchiegue, downloaded all of his lessons. I refer to them from time to time. They're Ok. Growing Up With Chinese is really good but focused on teenagers. Happy Chinese is intermediate Mandarin focused on multi-generational family life. I like it and use some episodes from time to time, but...
And various people have made lots of grammar videos that are really useful, and...
I think nothing can take the place of real people talking in the real language, not something made for academic television or whatever...
I do have questions about the differences between Taiwan Mandarin and Mainland China Mandarin but later for that...
I'm an English teacher living in Honolulu, Hawaii. I'm trying out a language exchange idea in my school. I want to see the effect of teaching Japanese and English lessons and having in class practice with native speakers. I taught English for twenty years in Southern California and I've never been able to do something like this. If you are interested in helping me try out my idea, please send me a message. I'm organizing classes of all levels for both English and Japanese learners.
Hi, I'm Andy. I love traveling to Japan but my Japanese is not good at all. I hope to improve before my next trip to Japan. I was an English teacher abroad so I have some experience teaching foreign learners. Let's learn language together!
Hello everyone, This is Farid from Iran. I am really happy that I found this Website. I am trying to more improve my ENGLISH language. I can exchange Persian (Farsi) with you. Moreover, I know cooking well. I can teach you how to cook Iranian (also some Asian foods). BTW, I live Honolulu. I would be really happy If you select me as your tandem partner. we can share many experiences together.
Hi, my name is Grant and I want to learn conversational Japanese! I took Japanese in high school, but forgot a lot of it. I would like to re-learn it as I travel to Japan about once a year and watch Japanese shows. My hobbies are music and fashion. Currently an Electrical Engineer.
I travel for business to Tokyo every year and interested in practicing my Japanese, especially for business. I live in Honolulu and travel to Bay Area/San Jose for business a lot, almost once a month. My Japanese is okay but I need to keep practicing so I dont forget what I know and learn new vocabulary and use it conversationally. Looking for someone to practice Japanese and I can help with their English. Thanks
I'm studying Japanese at UH Manoa (3rd year Japanese) this summer and looking for Japanese English exchange partners. Classrooms are good to learn but it would be great to get more regular conversation with native speakers.
I'm Celta Certified Teacher so I can help you with English in exchange. I also speak spanish, having majored in it as an undegraduate.
I hope to hear from you!