So, I figured at some point I would have to introduce tealit. This is an amazing tool for people living in Taiwan in shoes similar to mine. You can find out if you’ve won the lottery, you can put out an ad for a boyfriend, or you can put up an ad for a language partner all on one site!… The premise of a language partner is that you will meet up or skype and work on the language you are studying, together.
I put up an ad because I want to meet new people, and especially because I want to work on my Chinese while I’m here.
The responses to my ad have been…..overwhelming.
Here are a few…
Some are simple:
Hello~ This is Chris,
I am a native Chinese speaker,
I live in Taipei, and I have been learning English for 6 months.
I saw your message on tealit.
Some are SUPER detailed and emphatic:
is Jake. I’m a Taiwanese-American from Houston,
Texas. My family moved to USA when I was 6 and I went to school in Texas from Grade 1 to University.
My major was marketing. I have been in Taiwan for many
years and it is my home now.
if my back ground and experience is interesting to you, then i will send an
I am a full time English teacher. I have 19 years of
teaching experience with both children and adults. I have the ability and know-how on how to improve your student’s English
ability. I have experience teaching using
movies, Tv shows, songs, Magazines and I also have
taught many testing courses, like GEPT, Toeic
I ALSO SPEAK A NEAR PERFECT MANDARIN WITH A CLEAR BEJING TONE AND ACCENT!, ID LIKE FOR US TO BECOME LE PARTNERS!
Don’t make a mistake of hiring someone that
can ONLY speak English but have no idea
about language teaching methods.
Some are just plain aggressive…
Some make it feel like I was posting an ad on a dating site:
I ended up skying with a college student that goes to school in Taipei, studies international trade, and who is originally from Taichung. I’m hoping to skype her a couple times a week at least, and see her when I can. We’ve agreed if either of us has questions about how to say something we will text each other. She seems really cool!
So, I realize this is super random, but it really is an incredibly interesting part to Taiwan’s culture and felt like sharing:)