What we're about

You are learning Chinese and believe real casual interaction is the best way to go? You lived in China and fear to lose your level now that you are in the USA? You are Chinese and want to help laowai perfect their tones and maybe learn some English, French, Spanish... From Chinese 'tong' expert to curious everyone is welcome to meet-up for a milk tea and chat in mandarin!

For the Saturday meetup, it will be easier to follow if you have at least a few hundred words of Mandarin.

For the Sunday meetup, absolute newbies will feel right at home.

Here is a dropbox of some Chinese learning materials.

http://db.tt/RxHwRAiQ

Hope you enjoy it and shoot me an email if you want me to add something (carole.waihai[at]gmail[dot]com)

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Online English Pronunciation Practice

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Hello All,

Due to some recent vandalism, the meeting URL (available to people who register) and the password (listed below) for this event have changed. Also because of this, all future meetings will be recorded. I will delete the recordings immediately following the meetup if there is no vandalism, but I will use it in a report to Zoom if vandalism occurs. Apologies for the changes and extra precautions, but some people don't want to play by the rules and I can't allow that to disrupt our meetings.

Now, back to the regular announcement!

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Let's practice English pronunciation!

Event Format:
Our meetings will be held via Zoom, starting at 7pm; the password is[masked]! To get the most out of our time together, you should already be able to understand and speak basic English... The focus of our Meetup isn’t to be a formal class, rather, we’ll be working on pronunciation and ways to make conversation more natural and comfortable!

I will pick out a few conversation topics each week. I will go around the virtual room and give everyone a chance to talk about one of the topics. As people talk, I will take notes on grammar or pronunciation things that I think we can improve. After everyone has had a turn, I will start at the beginning and work with people on the things I heard.

Although this event is held under the Free Chinese Language Exchange, you definitely don’t have to speak Mandarin to attend! We warmly welcome people from all backgrounds :)

Can’t wait to see you there!
James

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Recommended Resources:
Chinese/English Dictionary Apps - Pleco, trainchinese
Review - ChineseSkill (beginner), DuoLingo (beginner-intermediate)
Reading Practice - Du Chinese
Textbooks - Integrated Chinese (free PDF available online)
Stroke Order Reference - yellowbridge.com

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We highly recommend you visit our other meetup events as well!!! Please select the group link to view our other hosted meet-ups and their respective times/locations.

Online Mandarin/English Language Exchange

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Due to the COVID-19 virus, our usual event is currently being suspended, but it will return as soon as possible!

Our temporary meeting platform (Zoom) costs $15/mo. If you'd like to contribute and support our Thursday and Friday events, we'd greatly appreciate it! If each attending member paid just a dollar a month, it would really help cover the cost of hosting our weekly events!
https://www.paypal.me/josephineburrell

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Come join us in the evenings to enjoy a couple hours of Mandarin/English conversation!

Event Format:
We start our Zoom call at 7pm PST. No password is required, and people will be able manually accepted upon requesting to join. To kick off the evening, we'll work our way around the group answering a couple of introductory questions, which typically goes until about 7:30.

Afterwards, we'll start the official language exchange! We will randomly split attendees into separate breakout rooms (3-5 people each) and swap rooms every ~20 minutes. From then on out, attendees are free to do whatever they like: practice fluency, pronunciation, or just chat in either Mandarin/English... We challenge you to speak in your non-native language!

If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to the event organizer.
Can't wait to see you there,
-- Jo

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If you'd like to stay updated on our current happenings and future events, please consider joining us on WeChat!
Contact organizer for more details

FAQ:
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1SKaqTS-phh1tnAX6_1IsjSAGdHOtGcU5dD1prVum2IE/edit?usp=sharing

Recommended Resources:
Chinese/English Dictionary Apps - Pleco, trainchinese
Review - ChineseSkill (beginner), Duolingo (beginner-intermediate)
Reading Practice - Du Chinese
Textbooks - Integrated Chinese (free PDF available online)
Stroke Order Reference - yellowbridge.com
Review, Learning & HSK Prep - Hack Chinese

Want 50% off Hack Chinese? Well here ya go!
https://www.hackchinese.com/san-jose-meetup

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We recommend you check out our other Meetup events as well! Select the group link to view our other events and their respective times/locations.

(Online) English/Chinese language and cultural exchange 中英文語言文化交流

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This is an online Chinese/English exchange meetup for people wishing to practice speaking in Mandarin or English. It is scheduled for 1 hour but if people wish to stay longer to chat, then it will continue until everyone leaves.

Due to time zone difference, please note that the meetup time is:
Saturday 6:00pm PDT or 9:00pm EDT
Sunday 9am Taipei Time

Please feel free to stop by for a chat.

Here's the link to join the chat room on discord (邀請連結:)
https://discord.gg/chzrskAJY5

English Pronunciation Weekend Edition

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Hi All!

Due to popular demand, I am expanding the English Pronunciation meetup to weekends as well. Same format as the Thursday night meetup: I will pick out a few topics for us to talk about and give everyone a chance to speak. While people are talking, I will take notes on things that I think can be improved. When everyone is done, I will go back and work with people on how to make things a little better.

The pass code to our Zoom meeting is[masked]. As with the week-time meetup, these events will be recorded. In the event we experience vandalism of the meeting, I will use the recording as evidence in my report to Zoom. Otherwise, I will delete the recordings immediately following the meeting.

I'm hoping that this time slot also enables our international friends to join. I know the current slot has been problematic in that respect.

I'll look forward to seeing you there!

Best,
James

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English Pronunciation Weekend Edition

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