Past Meetup

Mandarin Conversation in Longwood Medical Area 下午6点到晚上8点

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23 people went

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27 "chatters" participated in the June 25th bilingual chat

~40 "chatters" participated in the July 30th bilingual chat

~52 "chatters" participated in the August 6th bilingual chat

We ARE GROWING incrementally - slowly but surely!

* Mandarin speakers want to practice English (and reduce their Chinese accents)?

* English speakers want to learn Mandarin?

* Nerdy Chinese folks want to bring friends and have a fun, FREE "outing" in Boston just talking with nerdy strangers in English or Mandarin?

Our stable location is in Kresge 201 in the most gracious and globally conscious Harvard School of Public Health, where health-conscious and energy-conscious building and curriculum modifications have been made.

All Mandarin speakers (and English-speakers, too) need to register IN ADVANCE to get an HSPH building permission for the night.

E-Mail to register your intent AND sign YES on this meetup.


We would like your request by 4 pm the day before the Tuesday evening event. However, IF you sign up later, that could still incentivize others to attend.
Requesting your building access should be done earlier, but you may still be able to get into the Harvard building.

* Harvard Square to LMA is about 30 minutes on #66 bus or the M2 Harvard bus.
* Green Line E-Line comes to the building.
* Walking from the Orange Line takes about 5-10 minutes.
* Walking from Brookline is about 10 minutes.
* MFA, NEU, Wentworth, and Colleges of the Fenway are adjacent.
* Route 9 comes right into the area.
* Street parking is FREE from 6 pm onward.


We are recruiting weekly bilingual speakers who are skilled in BOTH Mandarin AND English: we have commitments through August 20th.

August 20 - Winning and Losing

'Winning in Diversity'
was Facing Discrimination: Accent Our Challenge
by Sara Ting, well-known Boston Diversity Consultant

Amina will do translation into either Mandarin OR English
(that is, whichever the speaker's weaker language).
[Sara is an ABC, so professional translator Amina will translate Sara's talk into 'native Mandarin' for the rest of us.]

Effective, Permanent Weight Loss - Take it off; keep it off!
by Xiaoli Lily Liu, MD, PhD, Researcher, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Harvard Medical School

Dr. May Xiaomei Liu MAY translate Dr. Lily Liu's talk into English.

Before or afterward, we may have a weekly 'presentation lesson' (15 minutes on how to clearly present) or 'news discussion' (15 minutes) or 'US-China news' (15 minutes) or a 'grammar lesson' (about 15-20 minutes) that covers a topic of common interest: parts of speech, compound nouns, silent letters, issues in quantities (countable v. uncountable - other ways to measure amounts), prepositions, irregular verbs, interjections, adverbs, etc.

It is NICE if this can be bilingual, delivered in TWO languages.

Substituting for a grammar lesson could be short inspirational talks on how to listen more carefully, making the most of one's study time and attention skills in learning a second language, etc. (