Hey there, and thanks for visiting the Patreon page forMy name is Amarens Elise, I am a 22-year-old student originally from the Netherlands. I like dogs, spicy food, I have lived in Panama, and Brazil and I speak Dutch, English, Spanish and Portuguese.
The Foreign Language Collective.
I just want to clarify that even though I manage multiple sites, the funds raised on this page will go to projects related to The Foreign Language Collective. The reason I have made this page personal is because I want people to be aware of who is behind all of this. We are not a large organization, and the only reason I use the word 'we' is because 'I', let's be honest, sounds a little pathetic.
When I say support 'us', I mean the community, because all the materials and content are out in the open and don't necessarily support me in any way.
For a little over 4 years now I have been creating content for Nationality Unknown, and more recently also for The Foreign Language Collective.
What is it exactly I do? I write for my two websites, I run about half a dozen Facebook pages, two Facebook groups, I run my webshop and I am also a student accumulating debt.
No contributions is too small
No really. I know you are probably also not all millionaires, and I respect that. I do my best to keep all my content as free or cheap as possible, and I can keep it accessible for everybody by getting small donations from incredible people in the community, like you!
Support levelsHere is a quick overview of all the support levels we have. Each level comes with it's own rewards, so depending on how much you have to spend and what you would like to receive from us you will be able the one that best fits you.
Supporters of all levels will gain access to our Patreon Supporters Facebook group, where I will frequently ask you what you would like to see on the blog. If you are helping keep us alive, we will listen to all your wishes and try to keep you all as happy as possible.
Projects I am working on:
< Writing articles for The Foreign Language Collective >
I try to write content that will help people learn a foreign language. Some articles I am working on for example are a series on how to get a job using your foreign language skills, how to incorporate a foreign language into your daily life, how to learn a language through movies and subtitles, but also linguistic articles about things like why European Portuguese sounds so much like Russian, or how the internet may be saving minority languages.
< 400 Word Guides >
You may have seen them come by, but the past weeks I have been really busy with the 400-word guides. A lot of language courses are either really impractical or very overwhelming. One of the keys to a good language learning strategy is to have a clear, realistic goal. The idea is to have the 400 most basic words in any language to get you started. It won´t make you fluent, but it will get you to a point of communication that will
Projects I want to start working on:
< Minority Language Project >
Since we are getting more submissions for smaller languages as our 400 Word Guides for example, I thought it would be amazing to do maybe a monthly project shedding a light on some smaller languages, educating people with some of the language basics but also a little bit of history and cultural context.
< A Youtube Channel >
What kind of millennial would I be if I didn't have my own Youtube channel?
Just kidding, but making videos has been a passion of mine since I was a child. The only problem is that it is very time-consuming. I already have several video idea's lined up, and I am waiting for a moment where I have enough time to execute them.
Some videos I would love to make is how to perfect your accent and sound like a native person, but also videos talking about travel and different cultures.
What I hope to get from Patreon
I hope with Patreon I can get closer and easier contact with people who support what I do. I would love to hear all of your ideas and things you would like to see on my websites.
You don't have to bring in loads of money, but all small bits count and help me free up time to create content that hopefully helps you or at least you will enjoy.
I want to thank all of you for your support. It is truly a dream come true to be able to connect with supporters in this way.