What we're about
Mandarin Chinese conversation practice group, for all levels. The group is open and self-led. When we run out of vocabulary, we chat about China in English :) Welcome native speakers who would like to meet conversation partners, or lead activities. To join this group, you need to have a profile photo recognizable as you. This helps people recognize each other at meetups. This is required as of May 2022. Also, please have a look at recent event descriptions. Join if you feel that these are the types of events you would like to take part in.
One of our members, Rich Keane has compiled a list of Chinese Language Learning Sites for us.
After the first Online Mandarin English Conversation Practice meetup (April 20th, 2022), an Event Notes page was started. Words and phrases covered during meetups will be placed in Google Sheets linked from this page.
If you sign up for an event, please show up. If you have a schedule change and can't make it, please change your RSVP to "Not going". All no-shows at Mandarin Conversation Practice and Discussion Group events since April 20th have been marked as such, so the attendee lists all reflect actual attendance.
Returning members please log in to your member profile on a computer by going to the Boston Mandarin Chinese Language Meetup Group page. Look for the "You're a member" drop down menu next to the main toolbar with "About, Events, Members..." Please update your information and tell us where you are currently based, which time periods on which days of the week you are likely to be able to attend events, and what kind of meetups you would like us to organize.
(April 14th, 2022)
Here are some guidelines to keep the group functioning smoothly, information on the site easy to find, and keep emails to a minimum. Thanks in advance for reading these and complying!
Members are welcome to suggest events and encouraged to host. Approval is at discretion of the lead Organizer. Events that consist of Mandarin conversation opportunities or are primarily in Mandarin are on-topic and will likely be approved. Events that relate to Chinese or Asian American culture may be permitted on a case by case basis. A Meetup is an event where group members meet each other to do something. Events hosted by outside agencies or other groups are NOT Meetups, unless there is a specific meeting time and location set for members to go together. If you'd like to share a Meetup from another group, please check first with the host and if they agree, you can post on our Discussion section for our members. Duplicate events from other Meetup groups will only be allowed at discretion of lead Organizer, and should only be rsvp'd to once by any member. Any cost must be clearly noted in the beginning of the description. Any event that is NOT primarily Mandarin language practice must be marked "OT" (off-topic) in the title line.
If you'd like to share resources for language learning or other community notices or events, please post in the Discussion section. Anything OT for our group but related, may be a useful post. If it is too far OT it will be deleted. Commercial and business posts are not welcome here, sorry. Do not advertise your tutoring services. You are welcome to state in your member profile if you tutor or teach but no business information nor soliciting members, please. Free events at language schools, or open houses may be permitted. If a member wishes to post a review of a Mandarin language learning program or resource they have used, please do so in Discussion section.
Many of our members live in Massachusetts. Some live in other parts of the US. Some are in the Boston area for brief time periods. In the age of Online Meetups, you do not need to be physically in Boston to take part in our events. And once you have joined our meetup group and taken part in our events, you're always welcome to pop in and catch up with your friends, be it online, or at in-person meetups. Please remember to visit the group meetup page occasionally and update your profile details. Members will not be deleted because they are not residing in MA.
(this paragraph was modified on April 14th, 2022)
Language exchange partners:
Please do not post for conversation partners with any personal contact info on the site! You are welcome to post for members in your area, and to attend a Meetup to meet in person. Many language exchange partnerships have begun at Meetup events. Be sure to meet the person first before deciding to exchange any personal contact info and use your common sense, for example meeting at public places.
Pictures of our members at Meetups are welcome, no more than 10 from each event please. Photos will be deleted at Organizer's discretion if inappropriate, irrelevant to the group's mission, or otherwise judged unsuitable to this group by the Organizer. A picture of the Meetup location or food, for future event planning, might be approved by the Organizer for posting. Or a snap or two of a cultural performance. Or they might not. Thanks in advance for keeping it relevant.
Wishing you the best in your studies, see you soon!
Note: Section regarding members modified on April 14th, 2022 to say that Members will not be deleted because they are not residing in MA. The original About the Group piece by Reece can be viewed here.