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 and Sophia, thank you! Right now, Thijs and Antoine are in charge of the meetings in Nijmegen. Also we started organizing the meeting in different cities. At the moment Emma and Özlem are organizing in Rotterdam and Fiona and Marleen 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.
In this video, the participants of AvaLingua Exchange Nijmegen explain you what AvaLingua Exchange is all about, who they are and why they are joining the weekly meetings! It would be great to see you around soon!
Pablo - Chile
My name is Pablo, I am from Chile. I recently moved to the Netherlands looking for new challenges, I chose this country because of their very well-known educational system, environmental responsibility and international atmosphere. From my first week here I started to go to language exchange meetings in Nijmegen. I love that I could known people from all over the world and at the same time I could improve my English and help others with their Spanish. The best thing that you can do when you are starting a new life in a new country is to meet new people and make contacts, this is why this meeting was a perfect match for me, I killed two birds with one stone.
Marjolein - The Netherlands
Wat een super gezellige en leerzame avond! In een paar uur heb ik met verschillende spontane en leuke mensen gesproken uit landen als bijv. Brazilië, Frankrijk, Duitsland, Colombia etc. Heel leuk om je talen even op te frissen en te horen waarom zij nu in Nederland wonen. Relaxte ongedwongen sfeer en onder het genot van een lekker drankje. Echt een aanbeveler voor diegenen die interesse hebben voor mensen met diverse culturen en van talen houden. Ik ga zeker nog een keer terug!
Mayerly - Colombia
Hi i am Mayerly, I am from Colombia. I arrived to Netherlands to get to know the culture, customs and specially for living the experience, to travel and to know the more emblematic places from Europe. When I got to AvaLingua Exchange I thought it was the perfect opportunity for me to increase my level in English but I did not know that behind that I had the opportunity to meet people so wonderful that will be part of my group of friends. AvaLingua Exchange for me has become a space where I can share the most beautiful from my native language and I can transmit the culture, habits, lifestyles we have in our country.
Marieke - The Netherlands
My name is Marieke and I recently moved to Nijmegen for my studies. I used to go to a language cafe when I spent two months in France last year, which was a great way to practise my French and meet people. I was therefore happy to hear that a language exchange already existed in Nijmegen as well. So far I have participated every week and I really enjoy it! The atmosphere is great and I like the fact that you can both practise a language and help others with a language you already speak. It’s the perfect way to meet people, learn more about other countries and cultures, and of course improve your language skills!