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)

Upcoming events (5)

***TEMPORARILY SUSPENDED*** Basic Chinese (Mandarin) for beginners

Come and learn/practice basic Chinese (Mandarin) with other beginners! We have many information and learning material under the more/files section on the pull down menu; or you can click the link below: http://www.meetup.com/Free-Chinese-language-exchange-meet-up-Mountain-View/files/ Previously posted vocabulary list can be found at: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1Vk7DU0l6lxgtGShhFMThHp7T65ShnshC4Ea5Kf04l1I/edit?usp=sharing What to expect usually, subject to change pending on the host's plans for the day: • 2:30-2:45pm: Social chats, get drinks/food from Panera if desired. • 2:45pm-3:00pm: Introduction - everyone practices asking basic questions in Mandarin to get conversation started. • 3:00pm-4:00pm If there are multiple native speakers attending, we will break up into groups based on level. You are welcome to bring your own learning material or any questions to go over with a native speaker at the meetup. • 4:00pm-4:30pm Social chats • 4:30pm-?? Usually people will stay and chat afterwards, and sometimes end up going to dinner together (trying out new or each others' favorite places) if people stay past 5:30pm and have no other dinner plans.

Online English Pronunciation Practice

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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! Note to regular attendees: Our Zoom URL has changed! Please make sure you check the link when you register for the current URL. Thank you so much! And now back to our usual announcements! ************************************************* 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! As people arrive, we’ll work on self-introductions, and afterwards, we’ll break up into small groups of mixed native and non-native English speakers. Feel free to reference study materials: vocabulary lists, newspapers, articles, and books are all great ways to practice relevant English! 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 C. ************************************************* 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 ************************************************* 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 Thank you so much! And now back to our usual announcements! ************************************************* Come join us in the evenings to enjoy half an hour of Chinese class and/or casual Mandarin/English conversation! Event Format: We'll start our Zoom call at 7 o'clock sharp!!! No password is required, people will be able manually accepted upon joining. To kick off the evening, we'll work our way around the group doing introductions and answering a couple of icebreakers. Afterwards, we'll start a brief, half-hour long class run by one of our attendees -- every week has a different theme, be prepared with a pen and paper if you'd like to take notes! After class, we'll start the official language exchange! We will randomly split attendees into separate chat rooms (3-5 people each) and swap rooms every ~20 minutes. From then on out, attendees are free to do introductions, practice fluency, pronunciation, or just chat in either Mandarin or English... We challenge you to speak mostly in your non-native language! Feel free to join just the class or just the conversation practice... For reference, introductions go until about 7:30, and class usually takes another half hour, from ~7:30-8:00. We'll organize attendees into chat rooms for conversation immediately after class is finished, aiming for ~8:00! If you've got a specific topic you'd like to learn about, please feel free to contact the organizer! Can't wait to see you there, -- Jo ************************************************* 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 ************************************************* We highly recommend you visit our other Meetup events as well!!! Please select the group link to view our other events and their respective times/locations.

***TEMPORARILY SUSPENDED*** Basic Chinese (Mandarin) for beginners

Come and learn/practice basic Chinese (Mandarin) with other beginners! We have many information and learning material under the more/files section on the pull down menu; or you can click the link below: http://www.meetup.com/Free-Chinese-language-exchange-meet-up-Mountain-View/files/ Previously posted vocabulary list can be found at: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1Vk7DU0l6lxgtGShhFMThHp7T65ShnshC4Ea5Kf04l1I/edit?usp=sharing What to expect usually, subject to change pending on the host's plans for the day: • 2:30-2:45pm: Social chats, get drinks/food from Panera if desired. • 2:45pm-3:00pm: Introduction - everyone practices asking basic questions in Mandarin to get conversation started. • 3:00pm-4:00pm If there are multiple native speakers attending, we will break up into groups based on level. You are welcome to bring your own learning material or any questions to go over with a native speaker at the meetup. • 4:00pm-4:30pm Social chats • 4:30pm-?? Usually people will stay and chat afterwards, and sometimes end up going to dinner together (trying out new or each others' favorite places) if people stay past 5:30pm and have no other dinner plans.

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