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RE: [chinese-332] ... ideas for the group

From: Sue G.
Sent on: Saturday, November 29, 2008 2:41 PM

I like Thomas suggestions. Thomas, your knowledge about Chinese culture is very impressive.  We have Karaoke machine that stores 20,000+ Chinese songs, two wireless microphones,  have all the equipment for hotpots, we have friends come over for hotpot quite frequently especially during winter time, we also have many Chinese DVD movies for future events. China town certainly can accommodate more people than my place. Cynthia will lead the Chinese class planning, she has the experience and the materials needed for the job.  I am planning for the Chinese New Year events.  Since we have very positive feedback for the potluck, we may want to do it again for the Chinese New Year gathering. My ideas for the Chinese New Year  can be some combinations of the following, please let me know if you have any suggestions:

 

1)      Demonstrate making Chinese food from scratch – may be two simple dishes.

2)      Chinese Karaoke – I can invite some Chinese friends to sing songs, most of them are professional singers

3)      Chinese traditional music – I can invite some Chinese friends to play traditional music instruments such as Gu3 Zheng1, Er4 Hu2 etc. most of them perform at stage

4)      Chinese practices

 

Attached is a sample practice cheat sheet you need to print and bring to the events. You can make up whatever you want please keep it one page if possible. Last pot luck my printer broke at the last minute  I didn’t get to print them out to practice Chinese.  I am from the south, home make dumpling or noodles are not my comfort zone, these are very tedious and time consuming work.

 

Chinese New Year is Jan[masked] for next year, our possible time is Jan 10, 17 or Jan 31, Jan 22rd weekend most of my friends are tied up with stage performance. Let me know your thoughts!

 

Sue

 

 

From: [address removed] [mailto:[address removed]] On Behalf Of Cynthia
Sent: Saturday, November 29,[masked]:53 AM
To: [address removed]
Subject: Re: [chinese-332] ... ideas for the group

 

Although we are focusing on the language classes, these ideas sure sound exciting for later...

 

I can probably help with some of those:

 

1) China Town (the buffet restaurant) has karaoke, and they have hot pot - maybe we can have a hot pot and karaoke dinner on a cold winter day. 

3) I can do wontons, we need someone from the northern part of China to show us how to make dumplings(jiao3 zi) and noodles.

6) Just checked the galaxy cinema, no Chinese movies lately. 

 

Sue, maybe we could brainstorm for activities for Chinese New Year with combination of making rice cake (nian2 gao1) and dumplings. I have no idea about 2) and I am not an expert on 5) 7) 8) 9), what about you?

 

10) A lot of Chinese play ping pong and badminton, but I don't know of any facility that provides free access to those sports. I would be really interested in exercising. Eric organized couple of bowling, it was really fun but not too many people showed up. Also David and Evans organizes Ma Jiang at their shop, should we meet there again? I love their store, very original. 

 

My hobbies are travel and photography, maybe we could incorporate some of those topics like geography in China, minorities, amazing Tibet history study (pure history), etc. into our classes. 

 

Cynthia

 

 

On Sat, Nov 29, 2008 at 1:51 AM, Thomas - The Danish Dynamo <[address removed]> wrote:

Hey, Cyhthia, you asked for ideas, here are some ideas for different contexts for learning chinese language:

1) Chinese Karaoke night - quantity (many songs)
2) Chinese QQ demo (big screen)
3) Make a chinese dish from scratch (like you mom or grandmom did) e.g. Dumplings or noodles
4) Chinese New Year
5) Chinese History - Emperors to Modern China
6) Chinese Movie Evening - Independent Movies or Kung Fu Hustle
7) Famous Chinese, and gossip
8) Chinese Caligraphy
9) Chinese mysticism and superstition, Yin, Yang, health systems, 888, Fung Sui
10) Anthing that can attract native Chinese speakers, ice skating, bowling, golf
11) Chinese meetup peer friendship group connection
12) Chinese through music - quality (one song)

Weekly language evenings for all.

Xie xie,
Thomas

> On Fri, Nov 28, 2008 at 12:52 PM, Cynthia <[address removed]> wrote:
>
> > Sue,
> > As we discussed earlier, I've sent out an email to only assistant
> > organizers to plan the Chinese classes including some preliminary thoughts
> > on location, duration/structure of the class and the biggest challenge of
> > all, asking for standard Chinese speakers to volunteer teaching so that in
> > case we are out of town that the classes will continuously be offered to the
> > members FOR FREE. We do have available teaching materials - scripts and CDs
> > - from pronunciation to greetings, numbers, dates (by topic). The idea is to
> > have one hour per week, including half an hour learning words and phrases,
> > another half an hour of conversational practice using those words.
> >
> > For the group:
> > 1) we are gathering ideas - how you want to learn Chinese - things like
> > what Sue mentioned earlier wearing name tags, etc.
> > 2) let us know of any location that you know - whatever coffee shop, tea
> > house, restaurant that we can find a separate room that holds at least 10
> > people so that we can rotate if we need to. The starbucks I found was a
> > perfect place but we want to see if there's anything like that elsewhere.
> > 3) your preference of the location, time (we are thinking maybe 11am,
> > Saturday), teaching method. We won't be able to make everyone happy in every
> > way, but we will try to accommodate the needs for the majority of the
> > group.
> >
> > The teaching plan, and the finalized details will be sent to you later.
> > This should be something that delivers real values for our group in the year
> > of 2009.
> >
> > Happy holidays!
> >
> > Cynthia
> >
....



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