New Meetup: Good food, good company in Cary! Find your Chinese/English partners here

From: Sue G.
Sent on: Sunday, October 31, 2010 1:37 PM
Announcing a new Meetup for The Triangle Area Chinese Language and Culture Meetup Group!

What: Good food, good company in Cary! Find your Chinese/English partners here

When: Saturday, November 13,[masked]:30 PM

Where: (A location has not been chosen yet.)

Good food and good time on Saturday night, is that sound good to you?

We have many new members recently, we need to meet and greet!

Upon sign up, please specify if you are lookng for a Chinese partner to practice Chinese; if you are native Chinese speaker, are you willing to help American friends to practice Chinese. We don't do the match up, it's "free market" :-) If you don't need a Chinese partner it's perfectly ok, come join us for a fun Saturday night!

What's "Chinese Partner" program in our group? You find one or more person willing to help you practice Chinese, you two workout your own schedule and way of learning. The partnership is based on free will, either partner is free to join and free to end, please respect other people's time and effort.

After diner, we will learn four Chinese words relate to greeting and title, Lao3 老(old), Shao4少(young), Da4大(senior), Xiao3小(junior)
when to use them and how to use them in both casual and formal environment.

In America, ask and call a person's first name is very common. But it could be fairly disrespectful in certain social situtation in Chinese culture, and other East Asia countries in general. It's a lot more casual just like USA among the young generation.

How do you ask a Chinese's name and how should you call them? Depends on who you are asking. Age and social stands play large factor in how to address a person in respectful manner. The question "what's your name?" is not the safest way to break ice, the most appropriate way is "How should I address you?". (Nin2 Zen3 Me2 Cheng1 Hu1 您怎么称呼? ) or "what's your last name?" (Nin2 Gui4 Xing4 您贵姓)use Nin2您 shows respect to the person you are speaking to. Chinese culture believes not too much manner to be punished Li3 Duo1 Ren1 Bu2 Guai4 礼多人不怪

These four words are used in front of Chinese last name or relative position within the family frequently. For example a male last name is Wang, if he is in his 50's or older, he could be called Lao3 Wang instead of his first name; A gal in her teen or under, call her Xiao3 Mei4(little sister) or Xiao3 Mei4 Mei4 could be appropriate. Unlike in western country, age is not a privacy matter in Chinese tradition, Chinese are pround to be getting old. Show respect to a person is older than you considered a good virtue in China. It has been changed recently among westernized Chinese, some people especially ladies do not like to disclose their age.

Bring your questions relate to this topic, we will be more than happy to help you sharpen your Chinese skills!

We encourage everyone to join, native Chinese speakers please come we need your help! It will be fun to learn Chinese/English together :-)

The location should be choosen within several days, should be in Cary or near Cary area.

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