To make matters worse I was completely forgetting my Spanish, Italian and German (and in fact, I never did get my German back; that will be another 3-month mission some day!
) After all the work I put into speaking these languages, it was depressing that I was back to square one and not even able to piece together basic sentences again!
This isn't because of pure luck, but because of using the site efficiently and being very selective in deciding who I host.
Most of those using the site are very generous, open-minded travellers so I always consider Couchsurfing as a network of (currently over a million) nice people.
But I needed to think about my career; working in youth hostels and teaching English were not related to my degree in Electronic Engineering.
After lots of searching, I found a job in 😛 After 8 months in Paris I was finally starting to get by in French.
If only I still had the hostel environment again of meeting young travellers who speak many different languages…
Then in another crucial life changing moment, I came across a website that solved all of these problems.
How can you learn several languages at once without getting them mixed up?
What if you are just too shy to get out there and meet people?
without ever needing to even step outside of my flat.
If you have a spare bed, or even a couch that is big enough to sleep on (hence the name of the site), and especially if you live in any major city that is generally visited by foreigners, then why not sign up, set up a profile and invite travellers to stay with you?
References are an excellent account of what others have thought of that traveller.