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****Currently travelling in Europe (July-Aug 2015)
Hi, I am Stephanie Yong from Hong Kong. I was born and raised in Hong Kong for almost 20 years. I lived in Tokyo, Japan from 2013 to 2015 for study. I studied Japanese Studies in Hong Kong and Gender Studies in Japan. I am interested in culture, language, music, art, sports and of course, travel!
Some may ask:
1. Why do you have a English name (Stephanie)?
It is actually very common for people from HK to have a english name as a nickname and we use it at school. It is my real name although it is not written on any official document of mine. It is strange but this is part of HK culture ;)
2. Do you speak Chinese? What is Cantonese? What is Mandarin?
My native tongue is Cantonese, not Mandarin.They are two different languages (I can demonstrate if you are interested). Like most HK people, I can also speak English and some Mandarin. Since I lived in Japan for 2 years, I can speak basic Japanese too.
Hong Kong is a small and densely-populated city. I would love to share with you more about my city :D
Of course, I am happy to tell you my stories in Tokyo, Japan too.
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
At the very beginning, I read a book about a traveller who traveled around the world using this site. I was amazed and became interested in it. That's why I started using couchsurfing. I tried CS in Europe first, then China, Japan, Iran, Turkey, etc......
In 2013, I traveled to Europe and North Africa for six weeks. During that period, I couchsurfed for more than ten times. It was the best travelling experience for me ever. In 2014, I hosted my host in Hong Kong, which was an amazing experience.
I am very glad to be a CSer because it provides me a chance to meet local people and live like a local. It is not just about sightseeing or enjoying yourself, it is more about experiencing life and taking challenges.
Photography, languages, cultures, meeting new people, writing blog......
Music, Movies, and Books
Indie Music, Folk Music
What I Can Share with Hosts
I can teach you Cantonese, which is a difficult language with 9 tones. Some people said learning Cantonese is even more difficult than learning Mandarin (what you called Chinese). Cantonese has 9 tones while Mandarin has only 4......
I can also teach you some basic Chinese, Japanese and English :)
Countries I’ve Visited
Belgium, China, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Indonesia, Iran, Japan, Malaysia, Morocco, Netherlands, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey
Countries I’ve Lived In
Hong Kong, Japan