What we're about

This is a group for anyone wishing to learn Mandarin. We aim to provide a friendly community for anyone learning or wishing to learn Mandarin Chinese. We welcome people of all levels from beginner to native speaker. To join this group, you need to have a profile photo recognizable as you. This is required as of January 2022.

We run small groups for beginners and intermediate learners so they can build up their Mandarin language skills in a friendly, constructive environment. Advanced learners can practice with each other and help beginners. Once or twice a month we will have social and reading meetups for learners of all levels, held online on Zoom, or offline in a venue likely to be in London.

Please note that in our Zoom meetings, participants are encouraged to use the Zoom chat window to write down words and expressions to help each other learn. No participant has the right to restrict how and when another participant uses the chat window. The host has overall control over how the meetup is conducted. Where there is anti-social behaviour, such should be reported to the host.

No-shows:
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 in all meetups in 2022 have been marked as such, so the attendee lists all reflect actual attendance.

News:
The Study Groups for beginners and intermediate learners and the Advanced Learners Reading Meetup will be on summer break until early September.

Links:
List of links to Reading Text - 2022
List of Chinese English Language Exchange and Learning meetup groups in the UK and North America

Upcoming events (3)

Mandarin English Conversation Practice - Saturday Afternoon Online

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Mandarin Learners, let's get together online for an evening of Mandarin conversation practice for all levels. When we run out of vocabulary, we continue to chat in English, but we write down the words we want to learn how to say in Chinese, and we ask our Mandarin speaking friends to help.

我们在线上聚会,练习中文会话。当遇到难题,不知道用中文该如何表达,我们用英语记下来,找说中文的朋友来帮忙。欢迎不同水平的中文学习者参与。

Start time: 3:00 PM London time (Saturday, July 9th)
Zoom meeting room will open at 2:50 PM
RSVPs close at 2:00 PM

3:00 PM - Introductions in Mandarin and English, Housekeeping announcements
3:30 PM - Topic of the day in breakout rooms

  • Participants will be asked to suggest a topic. We'll vote to decide.
  • Mandarin only rooms for intermediate and advanced Mandarin speakers
  • Mandarin English mixed conversation rooms for language exchange
  • Zoom session will be set up to allow participants to move between rooms and take part in different conversations
  • 30-40 minutes per session.

5:00 PM - End. Anyone who wants to chat in English can stay on for another half an hour.

Leaving before the end
Participants can leave any time they like. The main thing is for everyone to try and take part in the Mandarin conversation, and make an effort to express themselves and communicate with others in Mandarin.

No-shows:
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". No-shows will be marked as such, so that attendee lists can accurately reflect attendance.

Webcams:
Participants will be asked to turn on their webcams so we can interact with each other just like we're in a face to face meetup.

Who should take part in this event?

  • Intermediate learners.
  • Beginners who would like to try something more difficult.
  • Advanced learners who would like to help other learners.
  • Native speakers of Mandarin with good command of English who would like to help.

Required:

  • A computer with Zoom installed.
  • A reliable internet connection.
  • A working webcam.
  • Web browser such as Chrome, Firefox, Safari.
  • A Gmail account for sharing Google sheets and docs.

Before logging in, please read the following page:

Usage of Zoom and Tips for a better online meetup

*** No participant has the right to restrict how and when another participant uses the chat window. The host has overall control over how the meetup is conducted.*

  • Zoom recording by participants is disabled and is not permitted throughout the course of the meetup session. If for some reason part of the session needs to be recorded, this will be done by the host, and participants will be given forewarning.
  • Taking photos and videos of participants and posting them online without permission is not allowed.

Mandarin English Conversation Practice - Saturday Afternoon Online

Link visible for attendees

Mandarin Learners, let's get together online for an evening of Mandarin conversation practice for all levels. When we run out of vocabulary, we continue to chat in English, but we write down the words we want to learn how to say in Chinese, and we ask our Mandarin speaking friends to help.

我们在线上聚会,练习中文会话。当遇到难题,不知道用中文该如何表达,我们用英语记下来,找说中文的朋友来帮忙。欢迎不同水平的中文学习者参与。

Start time: 3:00 PM London time (Saturday, July 16th)
Zoom meeting room will open at 2:50 PM
RSVPs close at 2:00 PM

3:00 PM - Introductions in Mandarin and English, Housekeeping announcements
3:30 PM - Topic of the day in breakout rooms

  • Participants will be asked to suggest a topic. We'll vote to decide.
  • Mandarin only rooms for intermediate and advanced Mandarin speakers
  • Mandarin English mixed conversation rooms for language exchange
  • Zoom session will be set up to allow participants to move between rooms and take part in different conversations
  • 30-40 minutes per session.

5:00 PM - End. Anyone who wants to chat in English can stay on for another half an hour.

Leaving before the end
Participants can leave any time they like. The main thing is for everyone to try and take part in the Mandarin conversation, and make an effort to express themselves and communicate with others in Mandarin.

No-shows:
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". No-shows will be marked as such, so that attendee lists can accurately reflect attendance.

Webcams:
Participants will be asked to turn on their webcams so we can interact with each other just like we're in a face to face meetup.

Who should take part in this event?

  • Intermediate learners.
  • Beginners who would like to try something more difficult.
  • Advanced learners who would like to help other learners.
  • Native speakers of Mandarin with good command of English who would like to help.

Required:

  • A computer with Zoom installed.
  • A reliable internet connection.
  • A working webcam.
  • Web browser such as Chrome, Firefox, Safari.
  • A Gmail account for sharing Google sheets and docs.

Before logging in, please read the following page:

Usage of Zoom and Tips for a better online meetup

*** No participant has the right to restrict how and when another participant uses the chat window. The host has overall control over how the meetup is conducted.*

  • Zoom recording by participants is disabled and is not permitted throughout the course of the meetup session. If for some reason part of the session needs to be recorded, this will be done by the host, and participants will be given forewarning.
  • Taking photos and videos of participants and posting them online without permission is not allowed.

Mandarin English Conversation Practice - Saturday Afternoon Online

Link visible for attendees

Mandarin Learners, let's get together online for an evening of Mandarin conversation practice for all levels. When we run out of vocabulary, we continue to chat in English, but we write down the words we want to learn how to say in Chinese, and we ask our Mandarin speaking friends to help.

我们在线上聚会,练习中文会话。当遇到难题,不知道用中文该如何表达,我们用英语记下来,找说中文的朋友来帮忙。欢迎不同水平的中文学习者参与。

Start time: 3:00 PM London time (Saturday, July 23rd)
Zoom meeting room will open at 2:50 PM
RSVPs close at 2:00 PM

3:00 PM - Introductions in Mandarin and English, Housekeeping announcements
3:30 PM - Topic of the day in breakout rooms

  • Participants will be asked to suggest a topic. We'll vote to decide.
  • Mandarin only rooms for intermediate and advanced Mandarin speakers
  • Mandarin English mixed conversation rooms for language exchange
  • Zoom session will be set up to allow participants to move between rooms and take part in different conversations
  • 30-40 minutes per session.

5:00 PM - End. Anyone who wants to chat in English can stay on for another half an hour.

Leaving before the end
Participants can leave any time they like. The main thing is for everyone to try and take part in the Mandarin conversation, and make an effort to express themselves and communicate with others in Mandarin.

No-shows:
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". No-shows will be marked as such, so that attendee lists can accurately reflect attendance.

Webcams:
Participants will be asked to turn on their webcams so we can interact with each other just like we're in a face to face meetup.

Who should take part in this event?

  • Intermediate learners.
  • Beginners who would like to try something more difficult.
  • Advanced learners who would like to help other learners.
  • Native speakers of Mandarin with good command of English who would like to help.

Required:

  • A computer with Zoom installed.
  • A reliable internet connection.
  • A working webcam.
  • Web browser such as Chrome, Firefox, Safari.
  • A Gmail account for sharing Google sheets and docs.

Before logging in, please read the following page:

Usage of Zoom and Tips for a better online meetup

*** No participant has the right to restrict how and when another participant uses the chat window. The host has overall control over how the meetup is conducted.*

  • Zoom recording by participants is disabled and is not permitted throughout the course of the meetup session. If for some reason part of the session needs to be recorded, this will be done by the host, and participants will be given forewarning.
  • Taking photos and videos of participants and posting them online without permission is not allowed.

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