July 1, 2011
Hello, Chinese learner here. I recognize a lot of characters already (~3000, definitely >2500 . an ability built up slowly over the years!), but I still need to learn the words that these characters form, and gain conversational accuracy and fluency
Quite a few meet-ups are supposed to help you practice conversation, but frequently, the only things you end up practicing are introductions and goodbyes. Xiaoling here makes sure that you go beyond "ni hao" and "zai jian". A rare gem among the dozens of Mandarin groups on Meetup that are just social/dating groups in masquerade. For the serious student.