Hoi allemaal! My name is Emma. I came from China six years ago to pursue my master study in Erasmus. Now I can say it out loud: 'Ik heb geen spijt' ('I have no regret' in English). Not only because I achieved my personal goals for my study, but also I really enjoyed my life here in the Netherlands. I like to connect with people in different ways, share our life stories and have an open discussion for (almost) everything. Two years ago, I started to learn Dutch and tried to understand the culture more. And it's indeed happening! I'm so happy to join ALE and organize the events in Rotterdam which I consider as my second home. I hope to meet you soon in the most relaxing and effective language meeting in Roffa. 😉
Hoi, this is Özlem, from Turkey. I am happy to get the opportunity not only improving the language skills but also giving a hand about organizing the AvaLingua Exchange (ALE) events together with Avalon and Emma.
When I moved to the Netherlands a year ago, I was always looking for opportunities to improve my English skills as well as make new friends. Actually there is no better way of adopting a new country, making contacts and learn more about different cultures. ALE gave me a lot, and I'm so grateful for it.
Besides, I have a background in architecture but now, I'm learning Dutch full time. Hoping to meet you too at the next ALE meeting!
Hi everyone! I’m Avalon, a Dutchie who has been living in many different countries, who loves to discover new cultures and different ways of thinking. I’m a cultural anthropologist and teach Dutch to foreigners. I grew up close to the sea, which is one of my favorite places to be!
In 2014, I organized the first AvaLingua Exchange Meeting (called Language Exchange Nijmegen) in Nijmegen, only because I wanted to meet Spanish speakers. It turned out that a lot of people showed up at that first meeting and because I enjoy organizing and connecting people, I decided to make it a weekly event. During the last years it was not only me who organized the meetings, but many people helped me during the time I was abroad or at the other side of the country: Emilie, Jana, Suzanne, Janice, Robert, Manu, Kiki, Sophia, Antoine and Marleen, thank you! Right now, Thijs is in charge of the meetings in Nijmegen, Emma and Özlem are organizing in Rotterdam and Cynric and Fiona in The Hague. Every now and then, I join the meetings and help with the organization. I support the team and together we create the AvaLingua Exchange community!
It’s always an honor for me to organize the meetings. Every meeting I have the chance to meet wonderful people from different countries. I see a lot of happy faces and all the time new friendships are made and we speak a lot of languages. LANGUAGES, FRIENDS & CULTURES. Connecting these that's what it's all about and my main objective in life.