Zhong Guo Jie and MORE

From: Cynthia
Sent on: Wednesday, January 28, 2009 9:58 PM
Dear all,

Many of you speak Chinese very well - two Jeffs, Lis, Anna, Duncan, J. Rash, Eric, etc. and many native speakers of course, ... - and Lis has suggested that maybe we can start an intermediate Chinese class/practice for more fluent Chinese speakers and she is willing to organize the weekly or bi-weekly sessions in Durham at a public location, such as coffee shops. It is a great idea and this will provide an opportunity for the beginners who are taking Zhong Guo Jie now eventually being able to continue more advanced learning and practice. I think both classes will compensate each other really well, as a casual place for learning Mandarin especially for conversational purposes. Maybe we can come up with a catchy name for the intermediate class too! If you are interested in joining the intermediate class, please email Lis and also let her know the date and time that are convenient for you so she can set up the schedule.

Due to my schedule (particularly this Spring when my folks will be in town) and some feedback I receive from members in Zhong Guo Jie, I will adjust the class schedule to every other week starting from March, Lis and I can plan ahead not to have the classes on the same weekend so you have a place to practice every weekend still, if you like.

Again we are very grateful to have the meetup place for Zhong Guo Jie that Darla and Ken have provided. Also, Dr. Xu Keqian, Ms. Wang Lijuan - both professional Chinese instructors from Nanjin Normal University - now working as visiting scholars at Confucius Institute at NC State, will participate in our classes from time to time. With the goal of promoting Chinese language and culture, Dr. Xu, who is very talented in many fields - ancient Chinese, history, calligraphy, brush painting, etc. has offered to give us a lecture on Chinese Philosophy in the near future. It is extremely hard to find scholars in China who're able to lecture on such topics in English, so we will try to make it happen before Dr. Xu completes his rotation in the US in May. Ms. Wang has impressive Chinese paper-cutting skills so maybe we could learn from her at some point too :)  We are very fortunate that we have many talents in this group who are willing to share knowledge and contribute.

Thanks,
Cynthia

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