The Mandarin Group 大家好! (Hello Everyone!) First and foremost, the success of our events is thanks to the wonderful support and participation of all the members. Here we say a big 謝謝 (Thank You) to all our members. Some folks joined to improve their Mandarin, some joined to improve their English, and many of us joined simply because speaking Mandarin makes us happy. We hope by attending our events, you'll make new friends and form strong networks while practicing Mandarin. At the same time we hope you get to discover "treasures" hidden in this city; places to eat, have fun or even take a date to! Basically, know the city, meet locals and practice Chinese!
The Online Community Even though we meet in person offline, we are also an online community and thus members are supposed to behave with proper netiquette. You may search for these rules on your own, they are out there. However, just consider that you, by typing or any other action done on the site, are part of a larger community. Anything you post is potentially going to be viewed by people with different personalities, likes and dislikes. If you want to communicate with just one member or two, consider writing an email rather than making it "public."
What to do on your first Mandarin Meetup event? Smile and introduce yourself; we love meeting new friends. There is no need to be afraid!
We know it's hard to speak to everyone at a gathering. Tony and I try to switch to make sure we check on the members. Old members have done the same thing and so events turn into "networking/mixer" parties too.
Profile Name Since this is a website that involves interaction online first before we meet in person, please use your first name as a profile name. Names like "Ironman" and "Mickey Mouse" should be avoided.
Do you need to post a photo? You are required to post a photo on your profile to be an active member. Generally, it is good to have a recent picture because members will know who you are online and recognize offline. We also recommended you have a photo of you rather than pictures of your pet or a mountain scenery; this makes networking and remembering you in a group of 30+ people a significantly easier task.
Photo content that is not accepted:
Advertising or promotional material, or branded products
Celebrities, actors, musicians, cartoons, politicians, professional sports teams or sportspeople
Phone numbers, addresses, URL addresses
Images we deem provocative, sexual, violent or otherwise offensive
Nudity or semi-nudity
Profanity or obscenities
Alcohol, tobacco, firearms
Flowers, animals, pets, wallpapers
Images which show illegal or anti-social behavior
Culturally insensitive images
Images which display the opinions or beliefs of extreme political, religious or socially unacceptable groups, (e.g. gangs, supremacy etc)
Images that may compromise our image as a group
Any image we deem unacceptable to be associated with the MandarinFriends
Events at Restaurants We typically share the bill for food. Please also include money for the drink you ordered. If you leave early, you can pay for your portion first but please remember to include tax and tip. Too often our meetup fee is used to cover underpayment by members.
When beer is involved , we run two separate bills, one for food and one for beer. Beer drinkers pay for the beer bill. The food bill is split among the attendees with tip included. Let us know if you want to pay for your own plate.
Camping trips are special events that require familiarity among the participants. It is only understandable that we have to know a person well before we go out and spend a night or two in the outdoors.
What's a No-Host Event?
A No-Host event is an activity where organizer might or might not attend. In other words, members are made aware of the event and may choose to attend with their own friends or other members of the group. There is usually no specific place or time to gather up. Enjoy the event at your own leasure and pace.
Our Meetup is Not A Dating Website While friendship formed in our group may sometimes lead to something more, this is not a singles dating group. This is an activity group, not a dating website. We strongly discourage members from giving out private information including phone numbers if you have only met in person a few times. Members identified as aggressive or a threat will be quickly removed from the group.
Questionable Content or Conducts If you encounter questionable or offensive content on our Mandarin Meetup website, or encounter questionable conducts by our members (including unwelcomed advances), please do not hesitate to contact Brian.: Matters will be kept confidential. We will, and have done so in the past, remove members when situations warrant.
Just to make sure we are all on the same page on what it means to RSVP YES. It means that at the time you registered you are both able and willing to come to the event. We understand that at times it is impossible to make it if something comes up. Try to change your status even if it's an hour before the event. The intend is to avoid taking up spaces for other members who wish to attend an event. We've had members in the past who take up 4 or 5 seats at a restaurant and don't show up at the event. This hurts us both at previous reservations made on the venue and other members who wanted to attend that event. Basically, a YES means I'll be there.
RSVP NO Simply, it means I not able to make it or don't want to come or both.
RSVP Maybe When the Maybe RSVP status is allowed, it means you are able to come but will think about it. We kindly ask you to come back a day before the event takes place and UPDATE your status with YES or NO.
RSVP updates These update on your RSVP status are important because we usually have a limited amount of member that may attend an event. Please be responsible to switch from YES to NO or viceversa accordingly. Even though your first contact with the group may be online for us it is not different than a face-to-face interaction.
No-Shows A No-Show is a member who originally RSVPed as YES but failed to contact the organizer (of the event) before hand and did not attend the activity. This may not look too good on your record as a legitimate account holder. We've had problems with fake accounts of members who never showed up but RSVPed to events all the same.
Anti-Flake Policy If you flake after RSVP YES, or changes to "No" within 36 hours of the event w/out sending an email to the organizers, you'll be considered a "flake" for that event. You'll be placed on the "flake list" held by the organizers. When there is a popular event and there is a wait list, past flakers may be kicked over to the No section to make room for other people. Attending events with courtesy (showing up when you RSVP Yes) will help remove you from the flake list. If you take several RSVP spots then flakes, you'll be removed from the group.
Waitlist Priority When an event is full and there is a waitlist, members that attend more events will have higher priority on the waitlist (if organizers choose to adjust the waitlist manually). While some groups save spots and give priority to new members, in this group we give priority to the more frequent members. We do this to show appreciation for your on-going participation and support. Members that have not attended our events will have less priority on the waitlist, as often times we have new accounts that are in fact fake and simply waste a spot on the event.
Donation Fees Website maintenance by Meetup.com is not free. We ask for donations to help cover up these costs. Although never enough, it also helps cover time spent by organizing events.
Too Many Messages? I've noticed some members decide to leave our Mandarin Meetup Group due to the many emails they get from Meetup.com. If you still want to keep in touch with the activities but do not any email, you may reset your preferences on your account. I know massive emails can be annoying. We try to minimize the number of emails we sent as we organize events. Please, let us know if you find other inconveniences.
MandarinFriends is a large group that holds meetings in Los Angeles and Orange County. We encourage the learning of Mandarin among non-native speakers and look for making friends with native speakers.
Any level of English or Mandarin is accepted, but we are very serious about learning Mandarin.
Become a member to stay updated with info regarding Mandarin-Chinese opportunities! Anyone in the world can become a member!
Our mission is to create an atmosphere so members can immerse in spoken Mandarin Chinese outside of China or Taiwan. The meetups are fun for networking and friendship and you can language exchange (English-Chinese-other?).
Our members are united by their ability to speak Mandarin Chinese. That gives the rest of us an opportunity to learn about their culture and language. We rejoice in the non-heritage Mandarin speakers and turn a blind-eye to political borders. Members feel responsible to walk away with new phrases learned at the meetings.
This not a dating website, but members who started as friends have reached long-lasting relationships. Mutual respect is the norm and harassment of any kind is not tolorated.