This is a casual social group for people who want to learn Chinese (Mandarin). Everyone is welcome, regardless of your level of proficiency.
Many people think Chinese is the most difficult language on Earth, while I do agree that it's not an easy task to undertake, the whole process can be made much easier. Forget about attending formal courses, most of the stuff you learn is not very useful anyway. Why? Because native Chinese almost never talk or write the way you've been taught.
The aim of this group is to break your existing learning patterns and to teach you how to learn languages like a baby by making it an integral part of your everyday life.
Inevitably, you are going to learn about the Chinese culture as well, as it defines the language itself. Knowing the culture will help you understand why words are written the way they do and it will also help enhance your language skills.
There will be no formal lessons/classes, as I detest those. Instead we are going to have two sessions for each meetup. The first one is designed for people who want to practice Chinese and is therefore very interactive. The second session is designed for everyone regardless of your level of proficiency. During this session we will be going through lyrics of a chosen Chinese song, so that you can listen to it over and over again until you have mastered the pronunciation. (I will provide you with the lyrics as well as the translation)
Well that's it, hope you like the Look forward to seeing you at the next meetup.
Let's meet again to improve your spoken Chinese and increase your vocabulary.
19:30 to 20:15PM
SESSION 1: An interactive session designed for people who can already speak a little bit Chinese and would like to practice it.
SESSION 2: Designed for all regardless of the level of proficiency in Chinese.
- The song we are going to continue studying is 木兰情, written for a Chinese movie depicting the legendary female warrior known as MuLan in the West:
Youtube MV: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qem3EKnH1kE
Movie trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5DpyT8cTEEE
Full movie: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Mulan-Zhao-Wei/dp/B018ILZR5U/ref=sr_1_7?keywords=mulan&qid=1556044127&s=gateway&sr=8-7
- I will be covering the next 4 verses. (PM me if you want the translation for the previous verses)
- It'd be a good idea to listen to the song prior to the meetup
Look forward to seeing you all!