Re: [chinese-332] Greetings from Sue Googe - the new organizer of Chinese Language Group

From: Shijun N.
Sent on: Monday, November 3, 2008 4:59 PM
Hi everybody,

This is Shijun Naour, a pretty new number of this meetup group, who has not done much to contribute for this group as one of the assistants. 

I am very impressed by the greetings from Sue, our new organizer, especially when I am wondering if I should keep on joining in this group or switching to an one located in Chapel Hill if there is one. :p But now I decided to continue participating into this group with $5.00 cash whenever I have a chance to meet everybody. 

Speaking of learning Chinese with a lot fun, I personally have a lot of experience of learning and teaching languages. With further email, I would like to share my ideas and events to all of you. 

Cheers/ Jia you!


On Sun, Nov 2, 2008 at 12:14 PM, Sue G. <[address removed]> wrote:

NiMen Hao! This email sent out two days ago but some members said they didn't receive it, I am sending it again.


From: Sue Googe [mailto:[address removed]]
Sent: Friday, October 31, 2008 11:23 PM
To: '[address removed]'
Subject: Greetings from Sue Googe - the new organizer of Chinese Language Group


Dear all,


Wish you all enjoyed a fun Halloween night.  My greetings come little late but better than never. Many thanks to Eric/LiHua and all the assistant organizers made this group so beneficial to those who desire to learn Chinese language. I am humbly accepted the new organizer role for this great group. I believe many of you are curious who is this new organizer and what's her plan to contribute to the group?


The core mission of this group will remain the same. I would like to expand it to some exposal of modern China's social culture while learning the language. I encourage you to let me know what interests you and I will coordinate accordingly.


Regarding the future events, this group will continue to run by organizer and assistant organizers as it use to be.  I will organize one event every month or at least every other month.  The event will have a main theme, every theme I will create a list of keywords, some sentences and proverbs(Cheng2 Yu3 Gu4 Shi4) in Chinese apply to the theme. You are encouraged to come up with a list of keywords and sentences you would like to learn from the theme so that we can share and practice together. We will wear a color sticker to indicate "native speaker", "fluent", "median", "beginner" so that we have idea who are we talking to. You are encouraged to ask or discuss any topic that interests you in that theme.  Here are few ideas of themes I came up with, I have a lot more but will save them for future. I would love to hear your suggestions and recommendations. I may set up a poll to gather people's interest's level on each topic.  


Dinning with the Chinese : about Chinese food culture, table manner, cooking technique etc.

Keywords: Food, rice, chock stick, rice bowl, soup spoon

Sentences: I am full, very delicious, you are great cook, cheers

Proverbs: You3 Peng2 Zi4 Yuan3 Fang1 Lai2, Bu2 Yi4 Le4 Hu1, Bin3 Zhu3 Jin4 Huan1


Chinese money sense:  American spend too much, Chinese save too much, is there anything we should learn from each other?

Keywords: money, savings account, debt, mortgage, loan

Sentences: save for raining days

Proverbs: Ji2 Gu3 Fang3 Ji1


Chinese family value: Chinese very respect the elders especially family members, values education for the next generation greatly ,what's the secrets Chinese kids doing well in school.


Chinese jokes:  Do Chinese has Comedy Central? What joke can make Chinese laugh? What joke is funny to the westerner but not for the Chinese and vice versa?


Chinese work place culture: Cheap labor just one of the many factors contribute to China's economic success. Unfortunately cheap labor and unprotected working environment are the only light spot media pay attention to.


Chinese early Childhood education: do Chinese growing with Oz the wizard? What do they read and learn at pre-school?


Chinese cooking: Hey, please do not mistaken the Chinese buffet is Chinese food, we are talking about authentic Chinese food cooked by Chinese in daily bases.


Chinese traditional holidays: what's other Chinese traditional holidays besides Chinese Lunar New Year, how do they celebrate them?


We can also do potluck, karaoke (we have karaoke machine that stores 20k Chinese songs), picnic, backyard BBQ, coffee, holiday gathering, Chinese cooking demonstrations etc you name it. Gathering place could be office conference room, church, restaurant, private home etc. If you have place to provide I would love to hear from you.


Regarding the fund for the group, Cynthia is kind enough to help me collecting the money to cover the due pay to meetup, I will cover the shortage if there is no enough money but seems like we don't have this problem for a while J


I look forward to meet all of you and we are going to have fun learning Chinese together!




Sue Googe


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