Normal Heights Chinese Conversation Meetup

Simply put, I do not have a car, so I am looking for areas closer to my home (or a reasonable bus ride away) to meet up with Chinese speakers in San Diego for casual conversation in Chinese. I have met many random native Chinese speakers near SDSU and via events and we exchanged contact information. I want to meet up with those random folks again and extend the invitation to meet more new people, native speakers and Chinese language learners alike. Normal Heights, the area off of Adams Ave, is directly on a couple of main bus routes (#11 & #2) in San Diego and has some great coffee houses, pizza places, local ice cream spots, and a park nearby, which offers opportunities to meet up for inexpensive meals, picnics or games in the park, etc., but all in Chinese! I am also open to visiting other neighborhoods on direct bus routes not too far from SDSU (~30-45 minutes max by bus). I will be there Sep 3 for this first proposed meet up and I hope to have a chance to meet some new folks interested in speaking (or trying your best to speak) Chinese. If all goes well, perhaps we can arrange a regular opportunity to connect in Normal Heights (or arrange carpools to go to the regularly scheduled Tea N More location.)

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  • Ine W.

    Hey everyone. I just posted a MeetUp suggestion for a future event on Sunday, Sep 28th: House of China Lawn Program @ Balboa Park. RSVP via that suggestion if you plan to go and you want to meet up.

    September 8

  • Ine W.

    Thanks to the Organizers of the SD Chinese Meet Up for creating this space so we could all connect and thanks so much to everyone who came tonight! It was great to meet you all! Lestat's was great for space, but it was a bit hard to hear over the fans, so I will be looking for a new location for an alternate date. I loved the diversity of participants tonight: teachers, administrators, graduate students, military.... . So many of you were very skilled with your Chinese language and I am glad we had a native speaker there to navigate some trickier vocabulary. You definitely motivated me to keep up with this kind of interaction. A couple of people not on this MeetUp group yet emailed me about creating a weekend option, so I may do that next while I also encourage them to join this group. I will keep you posted. 下次见!(xià cì jiàn) See you next time!

    2 · September 4

  • Beth

    Can't make it tonight but I would like to come sometime! Beth

    September 3

  • Ine W.

    Look forward to seeing you all tonight! I will try to snag a big table or a set of couches in the big lounge area of Lestat's. I will try to make a sign or something, but just look for me: the tall girl with the Afro.

    1 · September 3

  • Roland

    September 3rd is my Dad's 90th birthday so I will miss, but would love to make the next one!

    2 · August 27

  • Ine W.

    Thanks for all the suggestions everyone. I am going to stick to Lestat's for the first time (Sep 3rd) since the music is next door at Lestat's West, not in the actual cafe. I study there often and see groups hanging out talking all the time. It can get a bit hot in Lestat's though, so for a future date, I may try out some alternate venues, which would also be a great way to explore San Diego since I am new to the area. Once again, thanks for sharing your thoughts.

    3 · August 26

    • Anthony S.

      Lestat's is kewl! I used to go there often when I lived on 34 St. a block from Adams.

      August 26

    • Eric

      Ill try to meet you there.

      1 · August 26

  • liz

    This meetup is so close to home that i shouldn't miss it!!

    1 · August 26

  • Jane

    Tea station the servers there are rude and food are tasteless. I would suggested cafe cabaret. The atmosphere is quiet enough for discussions n served yummy foods! It's off Adams Ave.

    August 26

  • Tokyo Jim G.

    Live music at Lestat's (highly recommended) takes place in a separate room and does not affect the coffeehouse.

    1 · August 23

  • Eric

    A slightly more appropriate place might be that tea place off El Cajon blvd and college, tea station. It's a Taiwanese place, but fairly quiet. I've heard le stats gets pretty loud from live music sometimes, making it extremely hard to conversate in a second language. Just a thought.

    August 22

  • Ine W.

    For those taking the bus, like me, here are some lines that go to Lestat's or within very close (few blocks walking): Public Transit / 公共交通 - Line #11 Map & Schedule -http://www.sdmts.com/RouteFiles/routes/pdf/11.pdf
    (Available from SDSU area, or University Heights Hillcrest area, or Downtown)

    Public Transit / 公共交通 - Line #2 Map & Schedule - http://www.sdmts.com/RouteFiles/routes/pdf/2.pdf
    (Available from Downtown or North Park Areas)

    1 · August 22

  • Anthony S.

    I'm also interested in having a location closer to SDSU. I plan to teach English, Music, and Music Production in China and I want to get started learning to speak Chinese ASAP.

    1 · August 22

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