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+)

English Pronunciation Practice 英语发音 in Sunnyvale

Hi everybody, Let's practice English pronunciation! To get the most out of this time, you should already be able to understand and speak basic English. This is not an English class... grammar and vocabulary will not be taught. We will only focus on making English words and conversation sound better and more comfortable. Small groups of students working with native English speakers to practice should help us all to find and work through pronunciation problems faster. People helping at this meetup are not an English teacher, and some are not native English speakers, but we have a good ear listening for common pronunciation mistakes and have experience helping to fix them. Also, most of people helping with English pronunciation have some experience interacting with Mandarin speakers. So you are welcome to bring any list of words or text or book in English you are struggling with, or just come and start to chat, and we'll take it from there! Two remarks: (1) To newcomers: As part of the English-Mandarin language exchange meetup group, originally this event was created by Richard to help Mandarin speakers. However, we warmly welcome anybody who wants to improve his/her English pronunciation, as well as all native English speakers who want to help. Also, please note that most people who come regularly don't always RSVP even if they show up (see next remark). So please don't be scared to join if you see that only 2 or 3 people have signed up. Typically, 10-20 people come every week. (2) To regulars: If you are planning to join the meetup, please try to RSVP if you can. Not only this will help getting an idea of how many learners and helpers are planning to come, but also I realized that a lot of people who sign up for the first time change their mind a few hours before the event when they see that only 2-3 people have signed up. Hope to see you soon! Richard & Michel

San Jose Mandarin<->English Language Exchange & Conversation

Panera Bread - Coleman Ave @ The San Jose Market Center

Note: PLEASE DO NOT SIGN UP UNLESS YOU ARE SEROUS ABOUT ATTENDING. Come join us after work for a Casual meetup, Mandarin conversation, & English Pronunciation w/Board & Card Games. Our meetup isn't so much a Formal teaching session, as it is to practice and converse and play. Our format - First part of the meetup, feel free to order food and converse while members arrive. Some of us break off into groups - w/either Rick, and other members if you would like to practice your Mandarin with them or the other Native Mandarin speakers. I usually help with English vocabulary and pronunciation through games (Rick). Finally, our last group will break off into board/card games, and if you're able to read written Chinese, we usually have a game with that too. Recommended Android/Apple application for translation - Pleco **************************************************************** We highly recommend you visit our other meetup groups - Wednesdays - English Pronunciation Practice hosted by Michel Saturdays - Conversational Mandarin w/Quinten Sundays - Basic Mandarin for Beginners w/Kieve and, others as well. Please select the group link to view the other hosted meet-ups and their respective times/locations. Hope to see you there!! Note: For all the "Regulars" of the Friday Casual Meetup, we usually migrate over to the Starbucks inside of Target after 9pm, for an extended meetup, when Panera Bread closes.

Basic Chinese (Mandarin) for beginners

Panera Bread

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.

English Pronunciation Practice 英语发音 in Sunnyvale

Hi everybody, Let's practice English pronunciation! To get the most out of this time, you should already be able to understand and speak basic English. This is not an English class... grammar and vocabulary will not be taught. We will only focus on making English words and conversation sound better and more comfortable. Small groups of students working with native English speakers to practice should help us all to find and work through pronunciation problems faster. People helping at this meetup are not an English teacher, and some are not native English speakers, but we have a good ear listening for common pronunciation mistakes and have experience helping to fix them. Also, most of people helping with English pronunciation have some experience interacting with Mandarin speakers. So you are welcome to bring any list of words or text or book in English you are struggling with, or just come and start to chat, and we'll take it from there! Two remarks: (1) To newcomers: As part of the English-Mandarin language exchange meetup group, originally this event was created by Richard to help Mandarin speakers. However, we warmly welcome anybody who wants to improve his/her English pronunciation, as well as all native English speakers who want to help. Also, please note that most people who come regularly don't always RSVP even if they show up (see next remark). So please don't be scared to join if you see that only 2 or 3 people have signed up. Typically, 10-20 people come every week. (2) To regulars: If you are planning to join the meetup, please try to RSVP if you can. Not only this will help getting an idea of how many learners and helpers are planning to come, but also I realized that a lot of people who sign up for the first time change their mind a few hours before the event when they see that only 2-3 people have signed up. Hope to see you soon! Richard & Michel

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Basic Chinese (Mandarin) for beginners

Panera Bread

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