In a collaboration between the London Mandarin Learners and the Chinese Viewfinders' Club, we will hold a bi-monthly meetup (tentatively 1st and 3rd Monday of each month) of short story/article reading followed with open discussion - one half conducted in Chinese and the other half in English.
The level is basically upper-intermediate to advanced.
What to READ
This time we will cover a TED talk given by Leslie T Chang, the author of an amazing book Factory Girls, which describes the lives of young women who have migrated from the countryside to the manufacturing hub of the Pearl River Delta in Guangdong province. Contrary to the widespread western idea of a faceless mass of people involved in assembly-line drudgery, she instead finds women who are enterprising, resourceful, funny and brave, and almost uniformly happy about having moved to the big city.
In this talk she summarizes her experience of those two years in the city of Dongguan.
The speech itself is here;
The English transcript (with paragraph numbers) is here:
The Chinese transcript (with paragraph numbers) is here:
A version with Chinese, Pinyin and Translations is here:
A set of Flashcards testing your ability to translate the major words here:
A set of Flashcards testing your ability to visualize the characters here:
Audio File should be coming soon. See you again on the 17th
For this meetup, we have booked the room upstairs in the pub so it should be sigificantly quieter. We will therefore will need to cover the cost (£20) which we will simply share by everyone who comes paying a contribution to make up that cost.
We'll take turn to read the article, so everyone will have an opportunity to speak and learn from others! The meetups are intended for intermediate to advanced learners of English and Mandarin - though we will give long advance notice of the material to be covered such that if you feel you can handle it, please come along.
Do come and invite your friends who are learning the language too - in one language you will be mainly learning, and in the other, mainly helping others learn.