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Hannah Gainsley

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Overview

  • 5 Positive References
  • Fluent in English; learning Japanese, Spanish, Thai, Vietnamese
  • 27, Female
  • Member since 2012
  • Teacher of English
  • Lancaster University; Environmental ...
  • From London
  • Profile 65% complete

About Me

CURRENT MISSION

Travel the world

ABOUT ME

Average height
Average intelligence
Polite
Easy going
Happy and energetic
Caring

PHILOSOPHY

Live life to its full

Why I'm on Couchsurfing

COUCHSURFING EXPERIENCE

I did a home stay in a Jungle in Thailand. I had an amazing time - washed in a river, caught fish for my dinner and even tried eating cooked bugs.

The hosts were lovely too. They taught me a few words of Thai and their tribal language as well. They also taught me how to grind coffee beans in a pestle and mortar and made wonderful food.

Interests

Learning different languages and about cultures
Travelling
Learning to cook

Music, Movies & Books

Movies: The Legend of 1900 and Lord of the Rings

Books: Game of Thrones, Harry Potter, Artemis Fowl

One Amazing Thing I've Done

It has been 2 years since I left England now, so I have had many amazing experiences and choosing only one is a bit difficult.
But I think it would have to be one of my experiences learning a different language.
At school I was taught French, but it all went in one ear and out the other and I could never make any sense of it.
It was not until I left England for Vietnam that I discovered the ability and joy of learning languages. The first time I spoke only in Vietnamese and was understood was amazing both for me and for my neighbors who couldn't speak English. I was now able to communicate with people and make friends with people I hadn't been able to before.

From learning Vietnamese I went on to learn Japanese at a school in Vietnam. I was the only westerner in the class so it was a bit strange at first. However I spoke to the other students in Vietnamese and made friends with all of them. Everyone in our class became really good friends with each other, and I forgot that I was foreign. Even the Japanese teacher would sometimes forget I was a foreigner. Learning was really fun, and we'd often hang out together after class.

That feeling of belonging and closeness makes this one of the most amazing experiences in my life.

Teach, Learn, Share

Share - experience
Teach - Everything I know
Learn - Languages

What I Can Share With Hosts

My enthusiam for life and stories of all the places I've been.

Countries I've Visited

Austria, Bolivia, Bulgaria, Cambodia, Czech Republic, Ecuador, France, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Laos, Myanmar, Poland, Romania, Scotland, South Korea, Spain, Switzerland, Thailand, Turkey, Viet Nam

Countries I've Lived In

Ecuador, Japan, Peru, United Kingdom, Viet Nam

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