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!