What we're about

Want to 练习中文 with other Mandarin speakers and learners? Need to brush up on your 发音? This group is for people who speak or study Mandarin Chinese, and would like more opportunities to practice speaking in conversation with others. Our members are fluent English speakers learning Mandarin, and 说流利的中文学习英语的人. This page will have Triangle-area events that members can attend together, Mando-drama watch events, and possibly other events that members want to organize.

Rules

• All speakers welcome. Inactive members will be removed after over six months.

• HARASSMENT POLICY: Harassment is not tolerated and is a quick route to being banned. No soliciting.

• ATTENDANCE POLICY: Last-minute RSVP changes from 'Going' to 'Not Going' will be considered 'No Shows' in the interest of planning and fairness for other members. Several repeated No Shows may result in removal from the group at the discretion of event organizers.

• Members removed due to inactive accounts may rejoin at a later time when it is more convenient for them. Members removed for violations of harassment and attendance policies may not rejoin.

If you do not see an event near you, feel free to post in the discussion to coordinate a Meetup with other Mandarin learners and speakers near you.

Upcoming events (3)

Chinese Text Adventure: Girl Saves World - 小女孩连结世界记 (Part 1)

We recently finished the Wandering Cat game, but there is still more to read. There is a sequel to the Wonder Cat. The name of the sequel is Girl Saves World - 小女孩连结世界记. We have only attempted the sequel once, but it's been a little while. I hope you enjoy reading the sequel with me.

Game Description:
"Your fate becomes linked to your mysterious uncle's cat, enabling you to travel to a distant place in the universe, where you must attempt to restore the connections that bind the universe together. This story is a continuation of Wandering Cat, but you needn't play that game first to enjoy this one."

This event is ideal for intermediate Mandarin readers, but learners of all levels are welcome to participate in this interactive team-building activity! It will be a great opportunity to practice reading 汉字 out loud without the aid of pinyin. Although the text can be displayed in simplified or traditional Chinese, we will be reading simplified Chinese.

How does a virtual adventure work? There's this great website www.wordswing.com that hosts text-based adventure games in simplified (or traditional) Mandarin Chinese specifically designed for educational purposes. It has a helpful integrated Chinese-English dictionary and an audio function, so although it doesn't explain grammar, we otherwise can't get too lost. :) Through screen sharing, we will take turns reading our way through this adventure together!

Key vocabulary:
舅舅 jiùjiu - uncle (mother's brother)
照看 zhàokàn - to look after
养 (養) yǎng - to keep (pets)
包 bāo - bag

奇奇 qíqí - [our character's name]
小幻 xiǎohuàn - [the cat's name]

(Comic) Book Discussion: "The Good Asian" Issue #1 (A Detective Noir)

The Chinese authors book discussion series is back! We're starting off with a text that's both very accessible and unique: a comic book. This month we'll be reading and discussing the first issue of the new comic series "The Good Asian" written by Pornsak Pichetshote and illustrated by Alexandre Tefenkgi. We'll just be discussing the 1st issue of this 10-issue miniseries which started its release in 2021. The comic is well researched (including historical footnotes and endnotes), beautifully illustrated, and has been very well received by both critics and the larger Asian American community.

Description: "Following Edison Hark—a haunted, self-loathing Chinese-American detective—on the trail of a killer in 1936 Chinatown, THE GOOD ASIAN is a Chinatown noir starring the first generation of Americans to come of age under an immigration ban, the Chinese, as they’re besieged by rampant murders, abusive police, and a world that seemingly never changes."

Where to find it: This first issue can be ordered from online retailers of course, but first consider checking with your local comic book store. I got my copy from Ultimate Comics (across the parking lot from Grand Asia Market) for like $4. Just make sure you're grabbing Issue #1 (later issues may be stacked to the front). It's a quick read!

Language: English
CW: Use of racial slurs, depictions of violence

Discussion Questions:
TBD

Wanna learn more? I first discovered this comic series through a podcast interview with the author. I highly recommend it! http://blog.angryasianman.com/2021/11/they-call-us-bruce-140-they-call-us.html

Chinese New Year Social

Goji Bistro

As many of us continue to improve our Chinese at varying levels, this projected meeting presents an excellent opportunity to delve into Chinese culture. Culture is one of the most important aspects in regards to learning any foreign language.

Events include, but not limited to:
Intro to Mahjong (I'll bring a board; anyone with experience playing is encouraged to elaborate)
Chinese introduction phrases (I'll post samples here soon)
General conversational practice (All Levels Welcome)
Chinese language study strategy sharing (feel free to bring any learning aids to share with others)

FRIENDLY REMINDERS:
Please wear a mask
Please stay home if you are not feeling well

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2022 Planning Meeting

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