A Friend In Every Country

Have you ever wondered why humans feel so disconnected from each other,  despite living in a world that’s more connected than ever before? 🙂   Why do we still treat each other as foreigners when the word “foreign” has nearly lost its meaning?   What is foreign anymore?  😉

Food…?  Cars…?  Clothes…?  Music…?

It’s all available now,  almost anytime,  anywhere,  anyplace.   Even language is not a barrier anymore!  Through the wonders of modern technology,  we are now able to communicate with almost anyone in the world!   But still… so few people do…       I want to change that.

Through this blog,  I hope that I inspire others to JOIN ME in attempting to create the world’s first true “global community”  …a place where nothing is foreign and no one is a foreigner. ”  People of Earth, UNITE!!!  🙂

Here,  I will document my quest to make at least one friend in every country in the world using the language-learning and cultural exchange app,  HelloTalk.

So… What is HelloTalk, you ask?

In my goal to teach myself Mandarin Chinese,  I stumbled across this brilliant new app designed for language learning and cultural exchange.  Whereas other language learning apps aim to directly teach you a language through a curriculum and exercises,  HelloTalk is designed to connect you with other language-learners around the world through translation-based software so that you can teach and help each other. 🙂

For example,  if you are a native English speaker who is learning French,  you can use HelloTalk to find native French speakers who want to learn English.  Seems simple enough, right?  Or,  using the HelloTalk custom search,  you can find people of any country or native language who are wishing to learn English (or whatever language you may know).  Talk about an amazing way to learn about the world!

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Lujza

Location: Debrecen, Age: 21
Interests/Hobbies:

I love to play the piano… Actually, it’s more than a hobby, making music has always been a part of my life. I do it when I’m happy, as well as in dark periods. It makes me feel relaxed and that’s the only way I can escape from my problems for a little time. I also play the guitar and sing in a choir.

Favorite Local Foods:

The hungarian goulash is a delicious and famous soup, with meat, potato, and other vegetables. We eat it with bread and at some places it is served in a big bowl.

goulash

Körözött’ is a tasty food made of cottage cheese, garlic and onion. We put it on bread or roll, and you can add cold cuts and vegetables to it.

.Korozott

 

’Kürtőskalács’ (’chimney cake’) is a sweet cake with barrel shape and many flavours: cinnamon, vanilla, coca, walnut, coco and so on.

Kurtoskalacs

Although it’s not a food, I must mention the Hungarian Pálinka, which is our famous alcoholic drink. It can be made of any kinds of fruits, and if you go anywhere to a hungarian home, probably they will offer you to drink some pálinka.  🙂

Palinka

Favorite Local Music:
  1. Republic: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rmfwpBF2iwY
  2. Edda: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xUBjPAgP0UE
  3. Quimby: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I_W_Xgt7QDw
  4. Omega: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CGt-rTDkMcM (’White dove’ by Scorpions is a cover of this song!)
  5. Irie Maffia: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RPpBCn3vUZg
  6. Tankcsapda: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BJceRTvD9Fo
  7. Piramis: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6gG_7hOv1ho
  8. LGT: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e5MOC-cbm6g
  9. Brains: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rX4CsRpc6Is
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