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[Social] Traditional Chinese Games, Activities, & Food (FREE)
This event is sponsored by Neighbourhood Small Grants ( of the Vancouver Foundation. Host: John Chan Activity Coordinators: Amelia Lau, Eric Kim Available Spots: 50 Cost: FREE Chinese and non-Chinese speakers all welcomed PLEASE SHOW UP IF YOU RSVP! No-shows will risk being blacklisted! The organizers are preparing activities and refreshments in advance, so please show up if you register, and avoid doing last minute sign-ups or cancellations. No guest RSVP allowed so each person must sign up individually. RSVP close at Sunday 11am. Activities: - Chinese calligraphy with demonstration and instructor - Chinese board games, Mahjong - Chinese sports games - Chinese food/snacks, drinks, desserts Please bring: - Lawn chairs, seating mats (seating is limited) Location & How to find us: See: Google map pin ( Contact person: John @[masked] The picnic area is on the north side of the inner park road, down a hill. It is also on the south side of a small pond if you are coming from 29th Ave. It is fairly small in between trees so make sure you walk around the whole area. Arrive early and find the picnic spot. Avoid calling unless if you are clearly lost. Pay-parking is strictly enforced within QE Park at $3.50/hr. Limited free parking available on city streets outside of QE Park and at the southern sports area. Recommendation for visitors/new-immigrants/tourists: Feel free to explore the Queen Elizabeth Park! There are beautiful gardens, ponds, and attractions in the summer time. There is also a full 18-hole pitch & putt course, tennis court, basketball court, and roller blade rink on the south side. Take an adventure through the park in the afternoon, and then meet us at 3:00pm.

Queen Elizabeth Park

4600 Cambie Street · Vancouver, BC


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 weekly at Royal Oak
• Monday weekly at Coquitlam
• Wednesday weekly at Oakridge
• 3rd Thursday of month at VCC Downtown Campus

[Toastmasters] Public Speaking in Mandarin: Provides a unique opportunity to practice speaking in group settings through the "Toastmasters International" format
• 2nd, 4th Thursday of month at Yaletown

[Social] Gatherings/Events: "Just for fun" and making new friends

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 own level a little bit by the end of the meeting by learning a few 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.

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 share the material.

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

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