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Tuesday evening Mandarin-English chats (with pronunciation clinic) in Kresge 201 in th Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) in the Longwood Medical Area (LMA).

* Mandarin speakers want to practice English (and reduce their Chinese accents)?

* English speakers want to learn Mandarin?

* Nerdy Chinese folks want to bring friends and have a fun, FREE "outing" in Boston just talking with nerdy strangers in English or Mandarin?

Our stable location is in Kresge 201 in the most gracious and globally-conscious Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH), where health-conscious and energy-conscious building and curriculum modifications have been made.

* We'll use a "plenary" format for our concise (please) introductions (consider planning them in advance).

* Then we feature a bilingual speaker:

  • What we try to have each week around 7 pm (our event begins at 6 pm) is a guest speaker (hopefully someone from our group, but community experts with the advanced language and presentation skills are actively sought).
  • The weekly speaker talks about a topic of her or his personal or professional interest related somehow to China.
  • The TALK is in BOTH LANGUAGES - 2-3 sentences in mandarin, then 2-3 sentences in English.  This format helps the listeners to match the ideas in the aural expressions of both languages.
  • Questions follow, and within about 30 minutes, the speaker has finished, then we break into smaller conversational groups.  

* We'll use a "plenary" format for our concise (please) introductions (consider planning them in advance). 

* After introductions, we'll 'divvy up' (divide) into smaller groups, with those concerned with pronunciation recessing to pronunciation clinic ('accent reduction').  Others can remain and break into small Mandarin-language discussion groups.


All participants, both Mandarin-speakers and English-speakers, need to register IN ADVANCE to get an HSPH building permission for the night.

(a) E-Mail and to register your intent AND also 
(b) sign YES on this meetup.


We would like your request by 4 pm the day before the Tuesday evening event. However, IF you sign up later, that could still incentivize others to attend.    

Requesting your building access should be done earlier, but you may still be able to get into the Harvard building.      

* Harvard Square to LMA is about 30 minutes on #66 bus or the M2 Harvard bus.     
* Green Line E-Line comes to the building.     
* Walking from the Orange Line takes about 5-10 minutes.     
* Walking from Brookline is about 10 minutes.     
* MFA, NEU, Wentworth, and Colleges of the Fenway are adjacent.    
* Route 9 comes right into the area.      
* Street parking is FREE from 6 pm onward.

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