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 offered on a regular basis:

[Casual] Mandarin Conversations: Focused on learning and practicing Chinese in an open-floor casual environment
• Sunday alternating weekly at Burnaby Royal Oak
• Monday weekly at Coquitlam
• Wednesday weekly at Vancouver Oakridge
• 1st & 3rd Thursday of month at Downtown Vancouver
*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 at Downtown Vancouver

[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] Virtual Mandarin Conversation

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The meeting is designed to give learners of Mandarin Chinese an opportunity to practice speaking what they have learned. All levels of proficiency are welcome to attend and we normally get a good mix of beginners and native speakers • What we'll do Have informal conversation in Mandarin, share things we have learned, and meet new people. • What to bring Whatever learning/practice materials you want. • Important to know The more you speak in Mandarin (and the less you speak in English) at these events, the faster you will learn. Even if you aren't at a conversational level challenge yourself and give it a shot!

[Casual] Mandarin Conversations Coquitlam Virtual Edition

Casual chat for Mandarin speakers of all levels. Our meetings uses Cisco Webex as the platform. Please use this link to join: https://meetings.burnaby.ca/orion/joinmeeting.do?MTID=m7e00d3be54b6be59f95bc3af680a41bf 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.

[Casual] Mandarin Conversations - Virtual Meeting

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Every week on Wednesday 5:30-8pm, 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 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. 5:45-6:30pm : Round table self introduction 6:30-8:00pm : Break out room for small group discussion 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.

[Toastmasters] Casual Public Speaking in Mandarin - Virtual Meeting

PLEASE NOTE: This is a virtual meeting. Please RSVP to receive the link to our meeting. 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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