Re: [chinese-294] Weekly Chinese Conversation

From: Alf
Sent on: Friday, August 29, 2008 6:09 PM
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Wednesday evening at 7 PM sounds great. Either location is good for me. The Reston library is somewhat closer to where I live. On the other hand, the Oakton library has a very nice conference room. It seems the settings there is very suitable for this kind of conversational meeting. 
-- Alf
On 8/29/08, Steve <[address removed]> wrote:
Sorry I should have sent it to the whole board:

I think having a theme is a great idea, we could familiarize ourselves with the topic first, that way we aren't at a complete loss when the time comes. We could pick an obvious topic for the first meeting, say the Olympics.

Honestly, reston or oakton is fine with me (since I am coming from Springfield anyway). They are both open the same times: 10-9

I'm usually available after 6:30 or so, so is 7 a good time for everyone? 7-9 seems like it should be enough time I think. Wednesdays was the old day, I'm free any weeknight though.



Alan Tan wrote:
Hi Caitlin,

Glad that I have a chance to help. I know how much I desired to speak with native speakers when I was learning English. Either library is about the same distance from me so it's up to Steve. Just wanted to throw in another factor -- Reston is a regional library as I remember (correct?) so it has more open hours, which would give more options if the time for the meeting is ever changed.

One other thing I wanted to ask you and Steve is about the format: the last two times I went had a free format. I wonder it would be more efficient if we pick a topic or a theme, for at least some of the time. In that way, the vocabularies/idioms would be more coherent and it probably also helps comprehension with some context. Of course I am open to any format that you prefer and we can discuss this at the beginning of the meeting.


----- Original Message ----- From: "Caitlin Christianson" <[address removed]>
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Is the Oakton library the most convenient location for you, or do you
by any chance live closer to Reston?  I ask because if the Reston
library were convenient for you and Steve, I would prefer to meet
there.  The Oakton library is also ok for me, though, if that is what
you prefer.


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