Mijeanne from Germany, originally from South Africa

Hallihallo dear community!

I am Mijeanne (or Mimi for short) and I am originally from Cape Town. I moved to Hamburg in northern Germany when I was eight years old and have enjoyed life in Germany ever since.

I currently speak three languages fluently: Afrikaans (my mother tongue which sounds a lot like Dutch), English (I also have a degree in English Linguistics and Literature) and German. I would really like to learn French and an Asian language - I have not yet decided which one. I am currently undecided between Thai, Korean and Japanese.
I am very lucky to have had the opportunity to study abroad during my time as a student. I went to Wolverhampton, England for a semester and had the time of my life. My flatmates and I are close friends to this day and I am so happy that I was able to have this experience.

I love history and archaeology (which was also part of my degree) and am therefore very happy to call Germany, and Europe in a broader sense, my home. There is so much to discover right on your doorstep and I hope to inspire all learners of the German language to not just see the language as a tool but as a gateway to new adventures and discoveries.

Theatre and acting is another passion of mine and I have been on stage ever since I was three years old. I have played anything from an aging woman who had never really left her Woodstock-years behind, to a demon welcoming people to Hell, to the CEO of a dating agency who only has one woman and one man in her card index and gives it her all to make them fall in love.

I love reading and would like to have a library in the future. As a fan of literature I also write novels in my free time. Hopefully I will get to publish some of them soon. That would be a dream come true!

Although I have lived in Germany most of my life, I still feel very connected to South Africa. My entire family still lives there as only my parents, my brother and I moved countries. We try to visit as often as possible. As a result, I got used to travelling very early on and I continue to adore it as an adult. There is a long list of places I would like to visit in the future. The world is big with many people, cultures, and stories. I will probably not manage to go everywhere in my lifetime but I am determined to make the most out of the time that I have.

I wish everyone a lovely day!
Mimi :blush:


You are very welcome at Chatterbug @Mijeanne!
We hope you’ll enjoy tutoring!

What kind of novels do you write?


Hoe gaan dit met jou, @Mijeanne? (That’s the only phrase I know in Afrikaans :sweat_smile:)
Really cool bio, welcome to Chatterbug! :blush:


Welcome to the Community, @Mijeanne! What a great introduction. It sounds like you have many great stories to tell!

Which language do you write your fiction in? I would love to read some of your work!


Thank you very much!

I write very diversely because I read very diversely. I also have a bad habit of working on several manuscripts at the same time. At the moment I am writing a very long high fantasy story, a paranormal thriller, and a children’s book :joy:


Thank you so much! That’s a very helpful sentence! Dit gaan goed, dankie :smile:


Thank you very much for the warm welcome!

I started out writing in Afrikaans (at around 7), then I wrote in German (until about 13), then I had a weird phase where I wrote in German but the dialogue was in English (until around 14), and now I write mostly in English. What a journey :joy:


Welcome Mijeanne (what a beautiful name!), I am sure that you’ll have a great time here meeting students from all over the world! :hugs:


Welkom, Mimi. Ons is baie gelukkig to have you here :grin:. (My Afrikaans is not that good :sweat_smile:) How cool to be able to write in so many languages. I hope to see some of your work soon!

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Afrikaans is such a beautiful language. I learnt Dutch at school and handled texts in Afrikaans at university.
Everytime I need to think of Heintje Suid Afrika ek heb jou lief.
Such a beautiful song about a beautiful country.


Hi Mijeanne, this is Carmen from Bologna, Italy. It’ll be a pleasure meeting you.
I’m currently studying unit 4, not unit 3. I’d like you to know because in my previous Live Lesson the platform made me work on unit 1!

Hi @CarmenEsse! If you’d like to work on a different unit, you can use ‘Customize’ to change your lesson plan. To do this, you can can hit Preview Lesson :point_right:t4: Customize :point_right:t4: Choose a different lesson. For more information, feel free to check this out: Preview and Customize your Lesson - Chatterbug Help
If you have any questions about this, please let us know. :slight_smile:


Hello Mijeanne, ek woon tans in Suid-Afrika, en ek praat vlot Afrikaans. I also speak English, and have intermediate level in Spanish and Hebrew, and a basic level in some other languages.

I am also passionate about theatre. I love watching and being part of productions and am also a professional entertainer.

Would love to chat more to you.

Kind regards

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Hello @norwich18 :blush:

Toe ek die Afrikaans sien, moes ek ook net gou groet! :sweat_smile: Dit is so interessant om te hoor dat jy by produksies betrokke is! Is daar enige teaters/produksies waar/waarin jy spesifiek optree of toer jy die land?

Lekker dag! :beetle:


Dankie vir die boodskap. Ek is eintlik 'n mentalis wat onlangs 'n geheue wereldrekord opgestel het. Ek is van plan om cruise ship werk te doen, en ek sal sekerlik my nuwe show aanbied wanneer ek terugkeer SA toe, maar in die tussentyd geniet ek dit om net te rus, nuwe mense daagliks te ontmoet, en net die lewe geniet en nuwe ondervindings beleef.

Hoop alles gaan goed met jou.

Groete en beste wense

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Dit klink fantastieslik lekker! Baie geluk ook met jou wêreldrekord! Dis awesome! :star2:
Geniet die rustyd! :blush: