I am currently learning Mandarin on my own, with the help of some excellent tutors from iTalki. (So, I don't need any new teachers at the moment). I'm not very good yet, but I am determined to do better! I am using the textbook "New Practical Chinese Reader" and have nearly finished the first book. I just need to do more review and oral practice before moving on to Book 2. Wish me luck!
In my normal life, I am a professor of German and Spanish at a public university in North Carolina (USA). I live together with my partner Milo (who is a computer programmer and also a German speaker) and our very friendly dog, Carmelita. Our other dog, Oscar, died about a year ago. :(
I would like to meet a few interesting Mandarin speakers for informal chatting in English, German, or Spanish, and maybe later a little bit of Chinese--if your ears are ready to suffer! You must be open-minded and not too conservative, otherwise we will probably not have much to talk about. Also, as you have read above, I am already in a very happy, long-term relationship and am not looking for an internet boyfriend or girlfriend.
For my Chinese friends, my QQ id is: 2845216723 and my WeChat ID is "Haldrik". (I don't like Skype too much).