Mandarin Conversation, Talk, and Dialogue in Longwood Medical Area 下午6点到晚上8点


* Mandarin speakers want to practice English (and reduce their Chinese accents)? 
* English speakers want to learn Mandarin? 
* Nerdy Chinese folks want to bring friends and have a fun, FREE "outing" in Boston just talking with nerdy strangers in English or Mandarin?

Before 6 pm (5:30 pm?) - free conversations - so arrive early 
6-7 - Introductions 
7-8 pm - "Expert Topical Presentations" in BOTH Mandarin AND English 
September 3 - two (2) 30-minute PowerPoint presentations 
Hanlin Fred Zhou of Northeastern University
The Idea of FREEDOM in Taoism 
Dr. Chuanjian Lv, BWH Oncologist (cancer)
OIGI - Oncologic Imaging-Guided Interventions (in cancer)

8-9:30 pm - small Mandarin-speaking groups 
8-9:30 pm - English language pronunciation and grammar workshops

After 9:30 pm - free conversations - so stay late

Our stable location is Kresge 201 in the most gracious and globally conscious Harvard School of Public Health, where health-conscious and energy-conscious building and curriculum modifications have been made.

All Mandarin speakers (and English-speakers, too) need to register IN ADVANCE to get an HSPH building permission for the night.

E-Mail [masked] to register your intent AND sign YES on this meetup.


PLEASE request by 4 pm the day before the Tuesday evening event. 

* Harvard Square to LMA is about 30 minutes on #66 bus or the M2 Harvard bus. 
* Green Line E-Line comes to the building. 
* Walking from the Orange Line takes about 5-10 minutes. 
* Walking from Brookline is about 10 minutes. 
* MFA, NEU, Wentworth, and Colleges of the Fenway are adjacent. 
* Route 9 comes right into the area. 
* Street parking is FREE from 6 pm onward.

Show your CURRENT LOCAL ID to the HSPH Security Guard, the UP the open indoor stairwell (follow signs to Kresge 201).

E-Mail [masked] and [masked] for a building pass if you don't have a Harvard ID; we convene in Kresge 201; you will ask the HSPH security guard where that is.

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  • Maynard S. C.

    The two expert speakers were quite good, and we had plenty of time to chat in Mandarin, English, and (curiously) Spanish.

    September 3, 2013

  • Sandy

    About 2 persons from OTHER meetups will attend.

    Expect a TALKATIVE CROWD of mostly Chinese "persons of knowledge" - researchers, doctors, scientists, businesspersons, ESL students, and (of course) Americans trying to learn Mandarin!

    September 1, 2013

  • Maynard S. C.

    Xiao Guo
    The results or effects of something can be discussed with the Mandarin Chinese xiào guǒ.


    Zhègè zhǐtòng yào xiàoguǒ hěnhǎo.
    This pain reliever works very well.

    Traditional Characters:
    Simplified Characters:

    September 1, 2013

  • Maynard S. C.

    Si Kao
    Talk about the act of thinking with the Mandarin Chinese sī kǎo.


    Rén yào yǒu dúlì sīkǎo de nénglì.
    People should be able to think for themselves. Traditional Characters:
    Simplified Characters:

    August 31, 2013

  • Maynard S. C.

    Today's Word
    Ding Qi
    Things which occur regularly can be described with the Mandarin Chinese dìng qī.


    Dìngqī jiànkāng jiǎnchá shì yǒu bìyào de.
    Regular health exams are necessary. Traditional Characters:
    Simplified Characters:

    August 30, 2013

  • Maynard S. C.

    OIGI - Oncologic Imaging-Guided Intervention. Oh, I get it!

    A simplified presentation IN BOTH Mandarin Chinese AND English for the sake of Mandarin Chinese learners of English AND English learners of Mandarin Chinese.

    ChuanJian 'Mark' Lu, MD, PhD, Oncologist for the Brigham and Women's Hospital in LMA, will present with a bilingual PowerPoint an easy-to-follow outline of his work in OIGI - Oncologic Imaging-Guided Intervention.

    Translator Xina Amina Ma (also of China) will translate Dr.Lv's talk into clear English.

    His presentation is expected top begin around 7:30 pm and last about 30 minutes, but seating for the event, which begins at 6 pm is on a first-come, first-served basis.

    Those who ONLY speak EITHER language - Mandarin Chinese or English - will be able to follow the entire presentation.

    Prior informal registration is requested but not required. No food will be served.

    August 29, 2013

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