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This Meetup will focus on three areas:
* language--language learning and practice, incl. various Chinese languages (Mandarin, Cantonese, Shanghainese, Hokkien, Hakka, etc.)
* culture--Chinese movie screenings, art exhibits, cultural performances, kungfu practice/classes, and other events!
* food--learning to appreciate the cuisines of Guangdong, Sichuan, and Hunan, as well as those of the metro areas of Hong Kong (incl. dim sum), Beijing (incl. “Peking duck”), Shanghai (incl. xiaolongbao), and beyond

Upcoming events (4+)

[mainly in Mandarin] intermediate-ish grammar & usage

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Participants should be familiar with at least one thousand words, including most of those at HSK Level 3 (such as 自己,发现,放,世界,办法,参加,解决,包,地图,文化,意思,愿意,注意,同意,满意) and many of those at HSK Level 4 (such as 当,行,不过,发生,感觉,以为,完全,安全,从来,原因,表演,开心,主意,方法,能力,负责,全部,提供,讨论,答案,通知,意见,浪费,味道,开玩笑,方向,技术,提醒,申请,发展,看法,艺术,科学,熟悉,商量,材料,加班,报名,售货员,烤鸭), and basic Chinese sentence structure. More importantly, they should be able to understand explanations in clear spoken Mandarin.

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During the meeting, please
[1] be in a distraction-free, quiet environment;
[2] use headphones to minimize audio feedback;
[3] focus on the current task;
[4] pay close attention to melody, rhythm, and sounds.

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[my] language-learning tips
[Matt vs Japan] Language isn't math.

是……的
to emphasize details within a statement
in response to a question requesting specific info
to ask a question requesting specific info

的 as a "modal" (to express mood) particle (rather than a "structural" particle)

每日中文课Free To Learn
mainly HSK 4 word usage/grammar
mainly HSK 5 word usage/grammar

Chinese Zero to Hero
HSK 4 grammar points
HSK 5 grammar points

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[online] Languages of China: "Suzhounese"

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Although it's not absolutely necessary, things will probably be more enjoyable if you are already at least reasonably conversant in "Standard Chinese" (Pǔtōnghuà) and/or one other Chinese language variety/dialect. Descriptions/explanations will often be in Mandarin (or Cantonese).

During the meeting, please
[1] be in a distraction-free, quiet environment;
[2] use headphones/headset to minimize audio feedback;
[3] focus on the current task.

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How many languages are spoken in China?
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greetings in Shànghǎihuà
basic phrases

basic Sūzhōuhuà words & phrases
我、你、他/她、它 (personal pronouns)
greetings
一到十 (one to ten)
电话号码 (phone numbers)
Sūzhōuhuà samples (numbers, greetings, story)
extensive phonetics course

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[high intermediate] HSK Standard Course 5 study group

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This event is intended as a study group for learners who are taking or have taken a course at HSK Level 5. We will listen to all of the stories and have some discussion of word usage or grammar points. We may do some reading and some of the exercises.

Participants should be familiar with at least one thousand words, incl. most of those at HSK Level 4 (完全,永远,信息,通知,意见,自然,艺术,空气,准确,来得及,节约, ...) and have a good handle(!) of the particles 把, {的, 得, 地}, "separable" ("VO") verbs (such as 起床, 吃饭, 唱歌, 跑步, 帮忙, 结婚), verb complements (incl 起来, 得起, and 得不得了), and a wide variety of conjunctions (incl 而, 关于, 终于, 对于, 由于).

We will emphasize speaking with relatively standard pronunciation, including tones, but will also be working towards recognizing and comprehending regional variations in Pǔtōnghuà.

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During the meeting, please
[1] be in a distraction-free, quiet environment;
[2] use headphones/headset to minimize audio feedback;
[3] focus on the current task;
[4] pay close attention to melody, rhythm, and sounds.

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stories
(audio: part 1, part 2)
(YouTube video with color-coded translations)
textbooks (book 1, book 2)

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[online] elementary conversational Cantonese

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During the meeting, please
[1] be in a distraction-free, quiet environment;
[2] use headphones/headset to minimize audio feedback;
[3] focus on the current task;
[4] pay close attention to melody, rhythm, and sounds.

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overview

clear lessons
mini-dialogues

Complete Cantonese book; audio
Teach Yourself Cantonese book
US State Dept. FSI (Foreign Service Institute) course

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"Where am I?"
for fun
Jimmy O. Yang on snacks
《緣路山旮旯》preview

structures
Wingshantsui
MC Jin

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有心 to be thoughtful; kind-hearted; with intent
好心 I'll thank you to...; for god's sake!
點心/点心 "dim sum"; snacks

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[pre-intermediate+] Mandarin conversation hour

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