What we're about

Established in 2006, the Vancouver Mandarin Chinese Club is Metro Vancouver’s longest running Chinese language and cultural exchange club with the largest member base. Our purpose is to offer a friendly and pressure free environment for Mandarin learners to improve their language skills, practice with native speakers, and share learning experiences. It also provides native Mandarin speakers an opportunity to meet people interested in the Chinese language and culture, and serves as a great opportunity to meet new friends.

Our events are hosted by several volunteers based on member demand. Currently, 3 types of events are held on a regular basis:

[Casual] Mandarin Conversations: Focused on learning and practicing Chinese in an open-floor casual environment
• Sunday, twice a month online (see calendar)
• Saturday, twice a month online (see calendar)
• Monday, weekly online
• Wednesday, weekly online
*Schedule may vary during COVID-19 restrictions*

[Toastmasters] Public Speaking in Mandarin: Provides a unique opportunity to practice Chinese speaking in a group setting through the "Toastmasters International" format
• 2nd & 4th Thursday of month online

[Social] Gatherings/Events: "Just for fun" and making new friends
• Occasionally on demand

The Mandarin proficiency levels of members range from absolute beginners to native speakers. It is typical for some beginner learners to feel intimidated by advanced speakers in the club. Our suggestion is to not be afraid. It is OK if you don't understand everything discussed in the meeting. Your "job" is to improve your level a little bit by the end of the meeting by learning some new words or sentences. As you continue to attend the meetings, one day in the near future, you will find yourself amongst the intermediate to advanced level members. Practice makes perfect!

The format of this club is NOT like a credited course offered at a university or college, which means you will not see systematic teaching material for the club. However, you are encouraged to take a formal course at a college and attend this meetup for additional practice and opportunities to speak the language. Native speakers are more than welcome to attend the meetings to help out Mandarin learners. People who have a particular experience related to Chinese language and culture are encouraged to come to share their resources.

We welcome people of all cultural backgrounds to join, socialize, and network!

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[Casual] Mandarin Conversations - Virtual Meeting

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Join us every week Wednesday 6-9pm for a Casual Mandarin Conversation virtual session on Zoom (previously at Vancouver's Oakridge Centre food court).

Due to the uncertainty of COVID-19, we will continue to host the weekly meeting virtually on Zoom. Please familiarize yourself with the software beforehand (http://zoom.us). The joining link will be visible after you RSVP.

6:00 - 6:15 pm : Welcome
6-15 - 7:00 pm : Round table self introduction
7:00 - 9:00 pm : Small group discussions with break-out rooms
9:00 - 11:00 pm : No-limit open discussions (and maybe music sharing)

The casual conversation session is a language and cultural exchange through engaging in conversations in an informal, open floor, no structure environment. During each session, members are encouraged to participate by using as much Chinese as possible in their discussions. Native Chinese speakers are encouraged to help others with pronunciation, sentence structure, and using proper choice of words. Chinese ESL students are also welcomed to speak in English. This way both native English and Chinese speakers will be able to learn from each other. Whether you're a beginner or fluent speaker of Mandarin, we welcome you all to a friendly learning environment to practice and to make some new friends. Remember, the best way to learn a language is to have friends that also speak the language!

RULES FOR ONLINE MEETING

  • Treat others with respect, as attendees are from all over the world with different backgrounds.
  • Do not engage in sensitive topics unless if your break out room's participants are all comfortable with it. Keep it a casual social conversation.
  • If possible, turn on your camera and actively engage in conversations.
  • Attend the meeting in a quiet environment.
  • Screen sharing allowed only on request.
  • Recording is disabled and not allowed.
  • Taking photos of participants and posting them online without permission is not allowed.
  • RSVP if you are going to attend, but cancel RSVP if you cannot! Please respect others on the waiting list.
  • If you are joining late and you don't see anyone in the lobby initially, please wait a brief moment for the host to greet you or assign you to a room already in progress.

[Casual]Mandarin Conversations - Virtual Meeting

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Participants of all skill levels are welcome to join in our conversations by speaking to the best of your ability. If you are a Beginner, like me, have no fear just try your best. We especially welcome native speakers who can help learners stay on the right language path. We' can start by introducing ourselves and saying anything you want to mention in 1 or 2 minutes. Participants can ask questions about you. After that, the conversations can go in many different directions. Click on the link on the right in the text box to join via Zoom. Hui tou jian!

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[Casual] Mandarin Conversations - Virtual Meeting

Needs a location

In the past, every week on Wednesday 6-9pm, the co-organizers of Vancouver events host a Casual Mandarin Conversation session at Vancouver's Oakridge Centre food court.

Given the current situation of COVID-19, we are now hosting the meeting virtually on Zoom. Please familiarize yourself with the software beforehand (http://zoom.us). The Zoom room joining link is visible after you RSVP.

6:00 - 6:15 pm : Welcome
6-15 - 7:00 pm : Round table self introduction
7:00 - 9:00 pm : Small group discussions with break-out rooms
9:00 - 11:00 pm : No-limit open discussions (and maybe music sharing)

The casual conversation session is a language and cultural exchange through engaging in conversations in an informal, open floor, no structure environment. During each session, members are encouraged to participate by using as much Chinese as possible in their discussions. Native Chinese speakers are encouraged to help others with pronunciation, sentence structure, and using proper choice of words. Chinese ESL students are also welcomed to speak in English. This way both native English and Chinese speakers will be able to learn from each other. Whether you're a beginner or fluent speaker of Mandarin, we welcome you all to a friendly learning environment to practice and to make some new friends. Remember, the best way to learn a language is to have friends that also speak the language!

RULES FOR ONLINE MEETING

  • Treat others with respect, as attendees are from all over the world with different backgrounds.
  • Do not engage in sensitive topics unless if your break out room's participants are all comfortable with it. Keep it a casual social conversation.
  • If possible, turn on your camera and actively engage in conversations.
  • Attend the meeting in a quiet environment.
  • Screen sharing allowed only on request.
  • Recording is disabled and not allowed.
  • Taking photos of participants and posting them online without permission is not allowed.
  • RSVP if you are going to attend, but cancel RSVP if you cannot! Please respect others on the waiting list.

[Toastmasters] Casual Public Speaking in Mandarin - Virtual Meeting

Needs a location

PLEASE NOTE: This is a virtual meeting. Please RSVP to receive the link to our meeting. The meeting will officially start at 6pm, but we'll open the meeting room 15 minutes earlier to allow everyone to test their webcam and microphone.

Have you always wanted to feel more comfortable speaking in group settings? Are you looking for a way to improve your Mandarin language skills? Or, do you want to meet Mandarin learners from a wide variety of backgrounds, languages, and cultures, who share a common interest and enthusiasm for learning and personal development?

Join us for a casual and friendly Toastmasters session where you can share your ideas about various topics and learn from other Mandarin speakers. If you are a native Mandarin speaker, this is a unique opportunity to gain experience in public speaking without worrying about language. If you are a Mandarin learner, don't let the words "Public Speaking" intimidate you - if you are a beginner learner, all the more reason to join!

Native Mandarin Speakers: Gain experience speaking and presenting in your native language, so you can focus solely on improving your public speaking skills. Toastmasters is highly recognized in most companies and is an excellent professional organization to join to expand your experience. You can also meet a large number of native English speakers who share an interest in your language and culture.

Mandarin Learners: gain experience using the Mandarin language to express your ideas and learn from more advanced speakers. Our club consists of members from Beginner level to native speaking. With the wide range of language proficiency levels, you have a unique opportunity to practice public speaking in Mandarin in a comfortable and pressure-free setting. We also offer a language buddy program if you want to be paired with a native Mandarin speaker from Beijing.

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