- We have a blog on Chinese-forums.com
- This meetup will run through August 2019
- Dinner event this evening
- Review of last month's meeting
Song activity for 快乐的小王子
- Listen to all 8 verses
- Distribute a verse to each member to translate to English
- Each member explains their verse
- We discuss the meaning of the song as a whole
- Play a round of Werewords if there's time
- Optional Mandarin corner for 30-60 minutes
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We talked about recent travels, things we ate, and things we would like to eat. And some other random stuff. There is no one who wants to host this event anymore, which means it might be toast. That's too bad, but nothing lasts forever!
We talked about the possibility of having some dining events. Reservations are the bane of meetup organizers because you never know how many people will show up. But maybe we can avoid the problem by scheduling dining events between 3-5 when there aren't many customers. We also need to find some interesting new restaurants to go to.
The restaurant we talked about in Chinatown is called MCCB (Modern Chinese Cookbook). Perhaps we should schedule an event to go there together some time?
Wow, we covered quite a lot today! If you have some specific questions, you can write them as a comment on the event page so you don't forget to ask them later.
We reviewed common phrases for giving directions.
We covered how to express over and under.
We went over how to give commands using 把 preposition.
We went over measure words. Ge4 is the generic measure word that you can use anywhere. But you can optionally use other measure words depending on the noun.
一只猫 (zhi is for most animals)
一条狗 (more common)
一条鱼 (tiao is for things that are long and thin)
We reviewed the words for morning, noon, and afternoon.
早上 (morning over)
中午 (middle noon)
下午 (under noon)
You can certainly say 下午好 to someone, but maybe it'd be better to say 你吃了吗？in the afternoon.
We discussed when to say er4 and when to say liang3 for 2.
两个人 (liang with measure words)
2:00 两点钟 (liang for time of day)
2012 二零一二 (er for years)
Special colloquial term for 两个：俩
We discussed the 被 preposition.
We did a couple rounds of collaborative storytelling, where everyone takes turns contributing a sentence to the story.
我很喜欢旅行。I like to travel.
我去过中国。I've been to China.
我的朋友住在台湾，他酿啤酒。My friend lives in Taiwan; he brews beer.
我喜欢中国菜。I like Chinese food.
我叫飞鸿。My name is Feihong.
Huang Feihong is a very popular character in Chinese history and film. Jackie Chan's most famous turn as Huang Feihong featured one of his most iconic fight scenes. There is also a famous actress named Yu Feihong, who may be China's most famous spinster.
你的名字很漂亮。Your name is pretty.
我非常感谢你，是我老师起的。Thank you very much, it was chosen by my teacher.
我在微信看到你。I saw you on WeChat.
我们一起喝杯啤酒吧。Let's have a beer together. (Note that you could also use 瓶, 听, or 桶 for the measure word)
我知道附近有一家很棒的酒吧。I know an excellent bar nearby.
Questions, corrections, thoughts? Leave a comment!
Introduction: name, where you're from, representative dish from your place of origin.
Topic: Cultural differences between Japan and China.
Topic: Have you seen Crazy Rich Asians? What did you think of it?
Topic: What is something you like that most people don't like?
Attended: 5 (2 advanced)
Introductions, how long have you been studying Chinese and why?
Went over basic functionality of Pleco, encouraged members to continue looking up new words as we go to get more familiar with the interface.
- Switching between simplified and traditional
- Switching between English and Chinese (when ambiguous)
- Turning on handwriting input
We went over a couple of short monologues about life, extracting the general structure for other members to customize to their own particular situation.
- We played Werewords for the first time. It was pretty good, but I don't think we need to do more than a couple of rounds.
- We talked about the miraculous liquid (which we've all ingested at some point) that can be used to cure a dog's eye infection.
- Feihong recommended Vox's Today Explained podcast.
- Miho introduced the topic of embarrassing situations at work
- Feihong recommended the "Street Cupid" series of videos on YouTube. Here's a good one to start with.
Introductions. Why are you learning Chinese and how long have you been studying it?
I recommended Pleco as the best software dictionary, and we discussed some of its useful features.
We played Werewords. I think this worked pretty well because the game is fairly simple and it allows players to practice some common patterns of asking yes/no questions such as:
- 可不可以用它verb noun？
- 可以用它verb noun吗？
We also practiced answering yes/no questions by mirroring the question and reformatting it, e.g.