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December Immersion

Please join us for December Immersion!

At this event, use of English is discouraged. We recommend only attending if you have enough experience to at least carry on a basic conversation. In the past, some have asked if they can come to "just watch" if their ability was below this threshold - we have found that this has not been helpful - instead, please join us for a future event that will be designated as open to everyone (typically dim sum or other lunch event).

Native speakers are especially welcome at immersion events -- we value your experience and assistance.

We ask that all who attend purchase at least one item from the bakery to thank our hosts for their generosity.

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  • Ken

    nice friendly people

    December 15, 2012

  • Rick G.

    The reason why we have this policy is that we have had people attend in the past who said they were interested in learning Chinese, and were really starting from ground zero. This caused problems because some of the immersion ended up turning into the first day of Chinese class ("can we say "Ni Hao"? Great!). I would dispute the notion that passive listening helps someone at that level, since there is literally nothing for them to latch onto. We started adding immersion events as an opportunity for more advanced speakers to practice and improve. However, we do encourage speakers of all interest and abilities to attend non-immersion events (which are typically over a meal). These are great opportunities for low-level beginniners to get their feet wet and discover resources to improve. Our experience has taught us that having events targeted at different levels has helped make the club more useful for everyone.

    December 10, 2012

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