Samantha

Location:

Washington, DC

Member since:

June 13, 2014

What are your favorite Chinese dishes and foods?

小籠包和四川菜!

How would you describe your level of Chinese? (Eg it's my native language OR I don't speak it OR I learned some dialect from my family but little Mandarin, OR I can speak a few words, simple conversations, etc.)

According to my teacher in China, I could pass the HSK 5 if I studied for it. Right now I'm more interested in getting some speaking practice.

What kind of events and activities would you be interested in? What would you like to do at our events?

I've always been interested in learning 書法 (calligraphy)if we could find a teacher. I'd also like to learn more about traditional Chinese instruments, like the zither. I think it would be fun to go to a concert to hear some Chinese music, or even learn how to play some of the instruments.

What could this group provide for you that no other Meetup could?

A chance to connect with other individuals who have a strong interest in Chinese culture and traditions and an opportunity to practice my Mandarin.

Where did you grow up? How did you learn Chinese? Tell us your story.

I'm originally from Ohio. I moved to Shanghai in 2011 to teach 3rd grade at an international school and began studying Mandarin through various tutors and language schools. I got serious about it in 2013 and was lucky enough to receive the Huayu Enrichment scholarship from the Taiwan government to study Mandarin at National Taiwan Normal University for six months. After that, I returned to Shanghai to continue studying at the Shanghai International College of Culture. I moved to DC in June and I'm hoping to keep up the progress I've made this past year!

Introduction

Newcomer to DC after spending 3 years in China and Taiwan teaching English and studying Chinese. I'm hoping to continue learning more Mandarin and Chinese culture in the US.


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