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Notes from the meetings of the Chicago Chinese Study Group and Chicago Mandarin Conversation.

 

https://www.meetup.com/chicago-chinese/

https://www.meetup.com/chicago-mandarin/

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feihong

Attended: 9

 

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?

feihong

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.

 

Pleco points:

  • 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.

 

Original monologues:

 

我喜欢棒球。

我喜欢看比赛。

我最喜欢小熊队。

 

我的太太怀孕了。

她会生一个儿子。

她现在不吃糖。

 

feihong

August 18, 2018 - Chicago Mandarin Conversation

Attended: 6

  • 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.
feihong

Attended: 7

 

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:

  • 是不是noun?
  • 是noun吗?
  • 它有没有noun?
  • 它有noun吗?
  • 可不可以用它verb noun?
  • 可以用它verb noun吗?
  • 跟noun有关吗?

We also practiced answering yes/no questions by mirroring the question and reformatting it, e.g.

 

它是一种机器码?

不,它不是一种机器。

 

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