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Every week on Wednesday 6-9pm, the co-organizers of Vancouver events host a Casual Mandarin Conversation session at Vancouver's Oakridge Centre. 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 asking questions and sharing ideas so that they may learn new words/phrases. Native Chinese speakers will help with pinyin, sentence structure and using proper choice of words. Chinese ESL students are also encouraged to participate. 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 would like to welcome all of you to a friendly environment to practice some Chinese and to make some new friends. Join us for a fun session again in Oakridge mall! If you get lost or you're unable to find us, please be patient! Walk around and try to locate us, or leave a message in the comments section. Sometimes we have late comers so the group may seem smaller at first. We always sit at the 6 round tables between Tim Hortons and Starbucks.
Have you always wanted to feel more comfortable speaking in group settings? Do you want to improve your Mandarin language skills? Or, do you want to meet local Canadians from a wide variety of backgrounds, languages, and cultures, with a common interest in sharing their ideas in Mandarin? Join us for a casual and friendly Toastmasters session where you can share your ideas about various topics and learn from other Mandarin speakers. Usually the meeting is followed by a group dinner at a nearby restaurant in Yaletown (optional). No reservations are made in advance. The restaurant is chosen after the meeting based on who would like to join. If you are a native Mandarin Speaker, this is a unique opportunity to gain experience in public speaking without worrying about language and meet native English speakers. 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 public speaking in your native language or in English (your choice). Toastmasters is highly recognized in most Canadian companies and is an excellent professional organization to join to expand your experience. You can also meet a large number of local English speakers who share an interest in your language and culture. Dinner following the event is usually in English - a great way to practice with native speakers. Mandarin Learners: Gain experience using the Mandarin language to express your ideas and learn from more advanced speakers. The club consists of members from Beginner level to native-speaking. With the wide range of language proficiency levels, it is a unique opportunity to practice public speaking in Mandarin in a comfortable setting without pressure. The club also offers a buddy program which pairs you with a native speaking language exchange partner in Beijing.
Would you like to do business with China? What opportunities are there in the China market? What are the business cultural differences between China and Canada? If you are interested in the answers to those questions, our workshop is the right place for you. On Mar 29, we are organizing one workshop on Chinese business culture, for you to discover, explore and understand the business world in China. Please see below for information about the workshop. Topic: Understanding Chinese Business Culture Date & Time: Mar 29, Fri, 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. Location: Confucius Institute at BCIT (Room 840, 555 Seymour St., Vancouver) Presenter: Eddy Choong Content: China Overview, China Market Opportunities, Exporting to China, Essential Basic Chinese Language Eddy Choong is the CEO of ExportRim, an export development and management platform for the Asia-Pacific trades. Prior to his current role, he had over 30 years of business experience in the Far East countries and conducted many training seminars in Asia. Since 1996, Eddy has been involved in various business projects in China, where he provided consulting services for market entry, negotiated business agreements, liaised with regulatory agencies and identified suppliers for product development. RSVP is now open for this workshop. If you are interested, please send an email to [masked], with your name and seat #. Seats are limited on a first-come first serve basis. Any questions? Feel free to email [masked] or call[masked]
We welcome Mandarin speakers of all levels. Depending on the number of attendees, the session will either take place as a larger group or multiple smaller groups based on their respective levels. During the session we will discuss and learn about various vocabulary, topics, or go over any other learning materials attendees may bring. If you have any learning material you'd like to use please feel free to bring those along as well. Suggestions for topics are always welcomed. Parking: mall parking complex Transit: right across from Lincoln Station Don't live in or near Coquitlam? We have other similar events located in Burnaby, Vancouver, and Richmond.