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Hi, my name is Joel Bean- I am a jazz musician as well as language learner, currently living in the USA. I am extremely passionate about languages/culture and how it can help us to develop a much wider understanding of every aspect of life and help to build meaningful relationships with other people. With this in mind, my goal is to be able to take in the culture, language, and perspective of others with an open and curious mind, and to also be able to teach and share my own culture, language, and experience through history, music, philosophy, and other disciplines. I want to be able to foster a sense of "cultural counterpoint"; that is, the ability to see the same basic object via several lenses at once, something which can be a direct outcome of the language learning process. If this sounds good to anybody, and you would like to become a friend, please don't hesitate to reach out.
In regards to methodology/learning practices, I am looking for speakers who are familiar with Steve Kaufmann's/Stephen Krashen's method of exposure/input, and wish to focus much more on natural conversation rather than on grammar/speaking 100% correctly (although that is okay when writing)- I enjoy learning languages via reading/listening, and often use Lingq.
A couple of things: please contact me directly via email or Skype if you would like to be in touch. If you live in the States, you can reach me via phone (listed under contact info).