Intro to Toastmasters for Mandarin Learners

Dear members,

This is a new chapter of the Vancouver Mandarin Chinese Club. I am introducing the brand new Toastmasters for Mandarin Learners club. (We are applying and in process to be charted by Toastmasters International)

I have been a Toastmaster myself for a year and am elected VP Education in the most well-known Toastmasters Club in Vancouver. Last year, I won the Humorous Speech Contest at the club level, the area level and placed third at the division level. Having organized the Vancouver Mandarin Chinese Club for a couple of years at the same time, I have discovered and developed a series of methods to help Mandarin learners to improve their Mandarin skills. In this featured Toastmasters Club, you will practice your communication skills in MANDARIN by following the Toastmasters education program in Chinese, AND have access to all the resources of Toastmasters International Organization. Considering the fact that members will be second language speakers, the level of difficulty will be tailored to accommodate different level of learners.

FAQ:

1. Mandarin level required for best benefits:

  • Non-Chinese heritage speakers from the intermediate to advanced level
  • Cantonese speakers or other Chinese language speakers who wish to learn Mandarin
  • Canadian born Chinese whose Mandarin is at functional level or higher
  • Beginners are welcome to watch and decide later

(Native speakers of Chinese who wish to join please contact me for more instructions. These people will play different roles in the meeting.)

 

2. Membership

  • This section of the Mandarin Club will keep a relatively more stable and sustainable rule. I will give details about the membership policy in the meeting, and you can decide if it is for you later.
  • The Metrotown, Oakridge Mall and Richmond Meetups will continue running the same way they are without any change.

 

3. Does it cost money to attend this meeting

This is an introduction of the new club. We will eventually have to pay Toastmasters International a club fee, but this meeting is free to attend.

 

4. Is it a class?

This is NOT a school or a class. If you wish to take Mandarin courses, there are many of them in town. We are here to provide the opportunity to practice, get feedbacks and learn from each others.

 

Seats are limited. Please make sure you register here to guarantee a seat.

 

I look forward to seeing you there!

 

Gerrie

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Very sorry for all of us, because the conversion seasons skin may be sensitive to pollen home to hospital after taking sleeping longer than regret did not participate! The next will be the scene!

    March 25, 2013

  • Jeff O.

    Really looking forward to the regular meetings. Gerrie, thank you so much for doing all this organizing. It's obviously a lot of work, and I think I speak on behalf of all of us when I say that I really, really appreciate it.

    1 · March 25, 2013

  • Ivy S C L.

    Very good turnout. I will be back.
    I practiced some mandarin. Thanks for organizing.

    1 · March 25, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks for organizing Gerrie!

    1 · March 25, 2013

  • Gerrie

    If anyone is wondering where the library is. It is inside the Mall, 1B section.:)

    March 25, 2013

  • Stacey N.

    Attending

    March 25, 2013

  • Gerrie

    If anyone is interested in giving a short speech in Mandarin during the demonstration, please let me know. You will have max 5 minutes and get great feedback from many people.

    March 20, 2013

    • Jennifer

      Since I participated in the BCIT Confucius event on Saturday, I wouldn't mind reusing that one and presenting.

      March 25, 2013

    • Gerrie

      Hi Jennifer, thanks for letting me know. It is a bit too late to arrange more speeches. The agenda is already set. But you can definitely come to the club and give it in a regular meeting. :)

      March 25, 2013

  • Ruby H.

    I have to make time get Involve again other wise I'm forgotten the
    Mandarin that I learned (Wanna laern more its so hard ) as I'm Spanish speaker maybe some body will interesting in language exchange

    1 · March 25, 2013

  • Amy c.

    I gather that Toastmasters helps its members by giving feedback on their communications and public speaking skills. And that's for people fluent in the language. Since this one is specifically for Mandarin learners, does that mean that feedback will have the additional dimension of helping to correct grammar, usage, etc? Or will there be help with the speech, before the delivery?

    1 · March 22, 2013

    • Gerrie

      Please come to the info session for all the answers. Quick answer to your first question: yes. To second question, find answers about the mentors hip program.

      March 22, 2013

  • charlie

    Sorry to miss this intro event. Will be in Taipei. Have fun!

    March 17, 2013

  • Amy c.

    Likely my Mandarin level is intermediate. With Toastmasters, do people read from a prepared text, or just get up and start talking? I can attempt the first, but likely don't have the fluency nor vocab for the second.

    March 13, 2013

    • Gerrie

      As I said, this club is tailored for Mandarin Learners from intermediate to advanced level. This we don't do it the typical toastmaster way tho it is based on the same format. The language requirement is much lower than native like.

      March 13, 2013

    • Gerrie

      If you can read from a prepared text, you are already at a certain level that is good enough to join. In regular toastmasters club, many people can't even just get up and talk in their native language.

      1 · March 13, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great idea Gerrie! I guess you know there is the First Mandarin Toastmasters club that meets in Richmond.

    Paul
    --
    P.S. - what is "the most well-known Toastmasters Club in Vancouver"? :)

    1 · March 9, 2013

    • Gerrie

      If your Mandarin is lower than intermediate level, you are still welcome to watch and bring your wife. You have a Mandarin speaking wife? So why can't you? LOL. Just kidding...

      March 10, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Gerrie, my wife is actually not a native speaker, but has been taking Mandarin lessons for a few years. She's interested in checking it out.

      1 · March 10, 2013

  • Lotus e.

    Great ideas.

    March 10, 2013

  • Bill

    非常好的计划。谢谢Gerrie.只是,。。星期一晚上,我得上别的课。­我很遗憾不能参加。

    1 · March 9, 2013

    • Gerrie

      Bill, 你如果不能参加这次的活动,以后可以参加。等你的课­上完吧。

      March 10, 2013

  • jessie c.

    That's an awesome idea! Sadly I have class Monday nights but would love to go sometime.

    March 8, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry I'll be in Taiwan from Mar 20th - April 16th

    March 8, 2013

    • Gerrie

      OK, see you in our official meetings. :)

      March 8, 2013

  • trish

    This sounds interesting and the more challenging program I've been searching for. I'd love to check this meeting out!

    March 8, 2013

  • David R.

    What a wonderful surprise Gerrie! 谢谢!

    1 · March 8, 2013

    • Gerrie

      Thanks! I am glad that you like the idea. Bring friends if you like. :)

      March 8, 2013

  • Ivy S C L.

    祝女性三八节快乐

    1 · March 8, 2013

  • Sergei

    有志者事竟成

    1 · March 8, 2013

    • Gerrie

      你的中文越来越让我吃惊了。:)

      March 8, 2013

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