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Overview

  • 6 References 3 Confirmed & Positive
  • Fluent in English, Tibetan Standard, Tibetan, Central; learning German
  • 35, Male
  • Member since 2007
  • Language Researcher
  • B.A., Philosophy, Rice U. - M.A., Philosophy and Religion...
  • From Waterloo, Iowa
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About Me

language research & especially Tibetan... lived in & around India since 2009. used to play lottsa music in a few bands, but haven't in a while...

oh, and i love cooking. and i'm pretty good at it. (i've watched wayyyyy too many cooking shows when i was in charge of overnights at a group home).

https://rice.academia.edu/dirkschmidt

Why I’m on Couchsurfing

to surf and host. (to help make travel accessible, affordable, & personal for our global community).

Interests

Tibetan language (specific) & Language stuff (in general): Readability, Plain Language, Diglossia, Corpus Linguistics, Second Language Acquisition.

Music

Philosophy, etc.

  • traveling
  • music

Music, Movies, and Books

BOOKS:
Anything by Ernest Hemingway or Kurt Vonnegut.

MUSIC:
wolf parade, akron/family, clap your hands say yeh, animal collective, the faint, arcade fire, pinback, black rebel motorcycle club, del mccoury, bob dylan, bright eyes, elliott smith, fugazi, the shins, godspeed you! black emperor, iron & wine, led zeppelin, modest mouse, mountain goats, neutral milk hotel, okay, radiohead, sufjan stevens, the toadies, two gallants, taj mahal, the faint, rogue wave, supersystem, ambulance ltd., beck, the black keys, blur, jane's addiction, the blood brothers, jurassic 5, m83, the magnetic fields, soul coughing, nirvana...

MOVIES:
Big Lebowski, Royal Tennenbaums, Zoolander, those sorts of things...

One Amazing Thing I’ve Done

climbed trees in Nepal to escape rhinoceroses...

Teach, Learn, Share

If you want to learn a language, don't study grammar, and don't try to speak properly. Just make a lot of mistakes trying to communicate with it.

What I Can Share with Hosts

Asia travel experience; stuff about language; my cooking!

Countries I’ve Visited

China, Czech Republic, Denmark, Germany, India, Mexico, Nepal, Norway, Thailand, United States

Countries I’ve Lived In

India, Thailand, United States

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