Mandarin Conversation in Longwood Medical Area 下午6点到晚上8点

  • August 27, 2013 · 6:00 PM
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27 "chatters" participated in the June 25th bilingual chat
~40 "chatters" participated in the July 30th bilingual chat
~52 "chatters" participated in the August 6th bilingual chat
36 attended August 20th

We ARE GROWING incrementally - slowly but surely!

* 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?

Our stable location is in 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.


Request by 4 pm Monday, the day before the Tuesday evening event. Sign up ASAP to incentivize others to attend. 
Request building access earlier, but don't let deciding late keep you from attending. 

* 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.

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We are recruiting weekly bilingual speakers who are skilled in BOTH Mandarin AND English: we have commitments through September 3rd. 

August 27 - Out of Sight should NOT be 'out of mind'

'History, Culture, Present Situation of Chinese Muslims'
by Dr. Huan Ma, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH)

'What IS 'nephrology'?' (kidneys)
by JianFang Cai, MD, Researcher, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Harvard Medical School

Chinese (汉语/漢語 Hànyǔ or 中文 Zhōngwén) is a group of related language varieties, several of which are not mutually intelligible, and is variously described as a language or language family.[a] Originally the indigenous speech of the Han majority in China, Chinese forms one of the branches of the Sino-Tibetan language family. About one-fifth of the world's population, or over one billion people, speaks some form of Chinese as their native language.

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  • Youjin K.

    Thank you for holding this event!
    I really liked the friendly, accessable, and respectful atmosphere that the organizers and participants are creating.

    I also appreciate the effort of organizers and weekly lecturers to make the meeting informative. It is helpful in understanding Chinese culture and medical practices. And people are very intelligent. At the same time, I wish it can be more interactive so that we can take our time to contribute to the improvement of language skills, too, if that is why most people are seeking for.

    2 · August 27, 2013

    • Youjin K.

      Thank you!!

      1 · August 28, 2013

    • Maynard S. C.

      Youjin was particularly helpful for an after-event conversation on learning to pronounce in Mandarin AND in English, since she had learned BOTH English and Mandarin as second languages. Her learning experiences helped several learners clarify pronunciation, cheek and mouth muscles, etc.

      August 29, 2013

  • Asther A.

    I had a lovely time! I plan to keep visiting and practicing. Looking forward to the next meetup! :-)

    1 · August 28, 2013

    • Maynard S. C.

      We're looking forward to Asther's contributions based upon her past experience TEACHING ESL in another location. She's offered to become a mainstay for our "People's Perfect Pronunciation Party" that follows (at 8 pm) the 'expert presentations' (from 7-8 pm).

      August 29, 2013

  • Sergio

    This was a great experience, didn't know what to expect since it was my first time and I know only a few simple words in mandarin. Found that there are people at all levels including the very basic like me. Most importantly everyone is pleasant and very helpful. Glad I joined!

    1 · August 29, 2013

    • Maynard S. C.

      Sergio's SPECIFIC skills - such as native competency in Spanish AND his broad competencies in institutional installations of hardware and software were GREAT career networking opportunities for some graduate students and postdocs working in biomedical imaging, etc.

      NEXT week's talks include one on oncologic imaging-guided interventions (in cancer and other surgical challenges), which should be interesting from the 'backbone' side AND the user side.

      August 29, 2013

  • Maynard S. C.

    37 persons showed up over the course of the evening. Each of the two speakers was excellent; each of the two 30-minute presentations was well-organized.

    We had a jolly good time after 8:30 pm, and around 10:30 pm, the last cluster of persons left - That's five hours of frivolity and fellowship - lots of fun, and some really high quality cultural, historical (Muslims in China), and medical information (the prevalence of CKD around the world and its serious implications for CKD sufferers and the society in which this incidence appears).

    August 27, 2013

  • Maynard S. C.

    Term of the Day: "population"
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    The total of ALL populations is called a universe.
    Learn more about this term»

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    With the global human population increasing at an unsustainable rate, food shortages will become a harsh reality in the next few decades.
    Source: Global Entrepreneurship

    August 27, 2013

  • Maynard S. C.

    Benefits or advantages of any activity or thing can be described with the Mandarin Chinese hǎo chu.


    Yùndòng de hǎochu yǒu hěnduō.
    There are many benefits to exercise.

    Traditional Characters:
    Simplified Characters:

    August 25, 2013

  • Ben D.

    Craigslist link is broken FYI.

    August 21, 2013

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