Nay San

Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

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  • Fluent in Burmese, English, French, German; learning Spanish
  • 26, Male
  • Member since 2010
  • Student
  • MA Linguistics
  • From ...umm, everywhere. Seriously.
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About Me


growing a sunflower


I've lived in more countries than I've travelled to – 25 years, 8 countries, 13 cities/towns and counting. So my life is basically some giant Couchsurfing experiment, more or less.

I grew up speaking Burmese/English bilingually. Living in Switzerland and France taught me French. I also speak German fairly well from a 1 year stint in Germany, but using French as my measuring stick it doesn't quite compare (yet!). I've also recently started learning Spanish - so that gives me quite a few options as far as where to LIVE next. Barcelona perhaps!

Surprisingly enough - I'm really into languages. I recently finished my honours in Brisbane and have moved down to Sydney to start a Masters in Linguistics. If you ask me about linguistics research I may be unable to stop talking about it for the rest of the conversation.

Other topics of interest include mathematics and philosophy, both of which I completed degrees in (whoops, indecisive eternal student) – so we can also chitter chatter about Marx and/or the French and German existentialists.

Along with ideas and the inner world, I love the outdoors just as much. I fell in love with the mountains in Switzerland and really try to do as much hiking/cycling/skiing as I can. Though I've found that it's a lot harder to do in Australia without a car and/or time (in the measure of weeks).

I am mostly vegan and always vegetarian, so I don't ever eat any meat. That said, I do really love cooking – especially making things from scratch like grinding the spices (oh the pungent aromas!) to make fresh curry pastes or preparing various pizza doughs for some variety.

Speaking of pizza, I also love photography (interesting segway there!). I have a photo series called 'Pizza Portraits' where I throw a make-your-own-pizza party and we all take portraits with our creations (before eating them!). I've done this in 4 countries so far and am looking forward to doing this in Sydney.


Humour and humility above all...

Why I’m on Couchsurfing


I bring my chatty self along and do my best to have a great time with my hosts/guests.


Switzerland, France, Austria, Germany and the UK


philosophy, psychology, political science, language learning, photography, cooking, linguistics

Music, Movies, and Books

Favourite movie of all time: The Lion King. The different versions have helped me learn French and now German. I also once wrote a semester long research paper about the songs of the Lion King.

One Amazing Thing I’ve Done

Not once, but every time I travel - how wonderful and amazingly welcoming people are.

Teach, Learn, Share

Vegan cooking, language learning/teaching (phonology), photography, English

Countries I’ve Visited

Austria, Belgium, Germany, Sweden

Countries I’ve Lived In

Australia, France, Germany, Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore, Switzerland, United Kingdom

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