How proficient are you in Chinese (newbie, elementary, intermediate, advanced, native speaker)?
upper intermediate - probably advanced in speaking, but I TingBuDong a hell of a lot still - so prefer upper intermediate for now (written March 2013)
What sort of events would you like the group to organise? For example, would you like structured meetups with definite learning goals? Do you just want a chance to chat informally with other people in Mandarin?
dinners! I think it would be great to have one midweek language learning meetup per month, and one meal (on a friday) per month.
If we can get professional Chinese teachers to provide some group tuition at our events would you be willing to contribute something to pay their fees? If so, how much would you be willing to pay?
yes - up to £5 per person
Are you using a Mandarin textbook as part of your studies? If so, which one?
No - but I often look at Chinese pod materials
Are you currently taking a formal Chinese course? If so, which?
No - I learn via Skype with a teacher in Beijing.
Learning Mandarin over seven years. Still not fluent!