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Chris R.


Washington, DC

Member since:

August 18, 2014

How would you describe your level of Chinese? (Eg it's my native language OR I don't speak it OR I learned some dialect from my family but little Mandarin, OR I can speak a few words, simple conversations, etc.)

I've been learning what I can through textbooks, character workbooks, and audio cds, but at this point my vocabulary is limited to only around 150 characters. I learn more everyday, and I'm really hoping to expand on what I know!

What kind of events and activities would you be interested in? What would you like to do at our events?

Anything and everything that would allow me to experience more Chinese culture, practice the language, and meet new people. Although, events with food are often particularly attractive.

Where did you grow up? How did you learn Chinese? Tell us your story.

Most of my life has not been one of travel or new cultural experiences, and I think this isn't right for someone who is almost 23. I grew up in a town in central Virginia and then moved to Charlottesville to study business at UVA. My interest in China began my fourth year of college when I started dating a young woman named Maggie. She spent 10 years of her life growing up in Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong, among other regions of China, and she was fluent in Mandarin. Through her, I began to learn about Chinese culture, traditions, politics, and ever since I've tried to learn as much as I can! From reading books to even attempting to teach myself a little Mandarin, I've tried to take every opportunity I can to educate myself. I'd love to meet new people who share this interest, find opportunities to practice speaking, and surround myself with as much of the culture as possible!

What could this group provide for you that no other Meetup could?

I've never used a Meetup before, but this will allow me to meet other people who share my interests in Chinese culture and language!

What are your favorite Chinese dishes and foods?

Hmm this is tough.. probably fried pork belly!


Hello! My name is Chris Roy and I recently graduated from UVA. Over the past year I've developed a strong interest in Chinese culture and language. I'm new to the area and love learning new things!

What Chris R. is saying about this Meetup Group

Fun, engaging, and educational! A lot of really great people

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