(Originally wrote on 11/11/2012 and modified on 07/25/2015)

Except watching TV, using library resource, going to school, you may have another choices. It’s Tandempartner, which means you can exchange languages. It’s fun but be careful.

It might be the most tired day since I’ve been in Germany. I had a trial to do housekeeper. Really really tired. I almost lost reception of my arm. Even though I didn’t get the job due to visa, I still had a experience to learn how to clean rooms at 4 stars hotel.

There are a lot of Tandempartner forum in Germany. It’s very cool. It’s a service of language exchange. Choose the language you want to learn and provide the language they want to learn. First you will talk via email, realize why they want to learn Mandarin and then meet at somewhere. It’s an interesting part.

First guy, same ages like me, learned IT and had been to Chongqing for a year. He also had been to Taiwan. This is why he speaks Mandarin so well. He thinks Taiwan is very interesting. He had been to Taipei, Taitung, Kaohsiung, and Tainan. Tainan is his favorite. He said Taiwanese is not only friendly to foreigners but also to Taiwanese.

Second one is an older man. Even he said he was born in 1974, but looks like 40s to 50s. He speaks very short. All his things are very old, but he got iPhone, which is expensive in Germany. He likes Beijing so much, which is possible that last Tandempartner comes from Beijing. She even gave him a Fei Wang album.

Compare to language school, this kind of Tandempartner is very fun. You can know local tips and how they learn Mandarin. However, based on body language, both of them are anxious. Really wanted to give them a calm black tea!

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Wenn man “Grey’s anatomy” Season 9 Episode 5 gesehen hat, kennt man unbedingt “30 Sekunden-Tanz”. Manchmal ist das Leben schwer, aber hol Atem weiter.

今天大概是來德國工作最累的一天,去試做了一天的房務人員,手臂有一霎那覺得要失去知覺了,即使最後可能沒有得到這個工作,也體驗了一天四星飯店如何清潔房間。

在德國有許多語言交換的論壇,也就是Tandempartner,很有趣的東西,因為是語言交換,所以很難在網路上聊天。大多在Email上,大概了解一下對方為什麼想學中文,就約個時間見面,也就是網友見面,這個就很刺激了。第一個男孩,跟我差不多年紀,學軟體設計,曾去過重慶待過一年,也曾經來過台灣旅行,所以中文講得很好,是很有心想要學中文的人。他覺得台灣很有趣,他去過台北、台東、高雄、台南,最喜歡的是台南,我問過他,他來台灣的時候台灣人對他友善嗎?他說當然,並且他說不只如此台灣人也對台灣人…freudlich(他想了一分鐘之久,才說出這個字眼,熱情的!)。

第二個則是一個阿伯,雖然他在信中說他是1974年出生,但看起來應該四十快五十才對,用字非常簡短,不僅腳踏車、包包、穿著都看起來年代久遠,不過他卻拿iphone(在德國拿iphone不僅比台灣貴,且比起Samsung幾乎吃下所有電信業者通路,根本就是有錢人在拿的),他很喜歡北京,可能是和上一個Tandempartner是北京人有關,還送他字典還有王菲的專輯。比起去語言班上課,這種語言交換實在太有趣了,同時還可以知道,他們喜歡去什麼地方及如何學習中文。但從肢體語言可以看出這兩人都有點焦慮,很想叫他們喝一杯淡定紅茶!

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