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

i'm a linguistics researcher in Tibetan working on Tibetan language education. i've lived in & around India since 2009. used to play lots of music, 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).


Why I’m on Couchsurfing

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


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


Philosophy, etc.

  • education
  • traveling
  • music
  • languages
  • linguistics

Music, Movies, and Books

Anything by Ernest Hemingway or Kurt Vonnegut.

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...

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

Canada, China, Czech Republic, Denmark, Georgia, Germany, India, Italy, Malaysia, Mexico, Mongolia, Nepal, Norway, Russian Federation, Spain, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, United States, Viet Nam

Countries I’ve Lived In

India, Taiwan, Thailand, United States

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