Chinese/English Reading Group Meetup

  • In a collaboration between the London Mandarin Learners and the Chinese Viewfinders' Club, we are proposing to hold a monthly meetup of short story/article reading followed with open discussion - one based on a Chinese text, one based on an English text.  Something of between 10-20 pages in length in each case.   At each meetup however, participants can talk in English or Chinese, whichever they prefer.  The idea being that non-native Chinese can be helped in learning Chinese with the help of native speakers, and that native Chinese can improve their English by discussing an English text.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    The first (Chinese Reading) meeting will take place on 18th March and the second (English Reading) will take place on the 2nd April.  We will meet at The Kings Arms, 65 Newcomen Street, London, Greater London SE1 1Y. The meetups are really intended for intermediate to advanced learners - though we will give long advance notice of the material to be covered such that if you feel you can handle it, please come along.


    Given the challenging nature of reading in Chinese, I am proposing to start by using the book Graded Chinese Reader 1 for the Chinese meeting.  That has a series of 6 short stories by famous contemporary Chinese writers, edited to have a more restricted character set (the book also has a CD with the stories read out slowly, as well as full pinyin for the text).  I have already read the first 4 and they are great.  This book can be bought at: http://tinyurl.com/adgctsf (Amazon) and also available at Foyles in Charing Cross Road.  A word document of the first story (without Pinyin) can be found here: http://venus.unive.it/dsao/webpages/docs/corsi/materiali_shi/gcr1_1.doc.  This is a short story about neighbours in a small Chinese town, written by Su Tong (苏童) who also wrote Raise The Red Lantern (or at least the novel which became the film).

     

    Winnie (from the Chinese Viewfinders Club) will soon specify the English texts to be covered and post the next meetup.

     

    If you can make it, please try to come to both and invite your friends who are learning the language too - in one language you will be mainly learning, and in the other, mainly helping others learn.

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  • Erica H.

    Hello Steve, next time will be on Monday 1st April or Tuesday 2nd April?

    Thanks,

    March 20, 2013

    • steve

      Erica - I will check with Winnie - I cannot remember!

      March 20, 2013

  • steve

    Hi Rory - at the moment its up for discussion. We thought that at the next one (Monday 2nd) we might try two simultaneous articles - one in Chinese on in English about the same topic - but shorter than the stories in the book - but this is all to be decided

    March 19, 2013

  • Rory Y.

    Apologies for not making it last night, I was under the cosh at work unfortunately. The idea is great though and it motivated me to read through the article in one go on sunday night. How often do you plan to organise these events?

    March 19, 2013

  • steve

    great meeting - loads of chinese spoken - interesting to get ideas on format for future meetups - shorter articles in two languages suggested - if anyone has ideas please say!

    March 19, 2013

  • Dylan

    Hi Steve, please send me the audio version as well if you have the time! I've read about half of it and am going to try to read the rest later. I really want to show up but am not sure if I'll have the time, hopefully I'll get home early enough today to finish reading. Cheers:)

    March 18, 2013

  • Erica H.

    March 18, 2013

  • jade

    Steve : can you please send me the audio version to me. I am reading it now. But some words are difficult. I cannot come but any mandarin words to read , I will make an effort.
    Cheers.
    Khimsim.

    March 18, 2013

  • K I

    Just saw the reminder for this, read the blurb.. and thought, this is a great idea!! Then realised it's tomorrow, and there is homework.. Eeeek! I'm free.. so I might/might not turn up.. and I'll try to read the article tonight.. but I doubt I'll finish!!

    March 17, 2013

    • K I

      Hi Steve.. Wow, I wasn't expecting a reply. Thanks for the audio file.. Turns out I didn't need it.. read it in about an hour.. :) I think I'll almost certainly be there tomorrow! See you soon!

      March 17, 2013

    • jade

      Steve, How can I get the audio version. I am reading it now. But some words are difficult. Can you send to me please. I still cannot go out into town. Hope to join the next one.

      March 18, 2013

  • Kirsty A.

    Too late notice for me, but will try to make the next one.

    March 12, 2013

    • steve

      Thanks Kirsty for replying - will be good to see you again. Deffo recommend the book

      March 13, 2013

  • Erica H.

    Hello,
    so we will read the first story of that book?
    Is this meetup free?
    Thanks

    March 8, 2013

    • steve

      Erica - sorry for slow reply - yes we will read the first story - and it is free! - Steve

      March 12, 2013

  • Natalie T.

    I just realised it is too advanced for me - I am a beginner, sorry.

    March 9, 2013

  • Natalie T.

    Hi, this is my first one and I'll be looking forward to it.

    March 9, 2013

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