The ChinesePod Shanghai Meet-Up (4th November)

October 27, 2009, 03:52 AM posted in General Discussion

Hi All:

Next Wednesday, 4th November, we are holding our first ever "Newbie Meet-up" in Shanghai - and we'd like to invite you!


The ChinesePod Newbie Meet-up in co-operation with ShanghaiExpat

When:   Wednesday, 4th November 2009
            8:30pm-12 midnight
Where:  Malone’s American Cafe & Bar (
            3rd Floor
            255 TongRen Rd (between Nanjing Rd and Beijing Rd)

Cost:     Free
            (complimentary finger food and discounted drinks)


Absolutely everyone's welcome, especially those who are just starting with Chinese and are looking for a bit of guidance and encouragement. 

Ken, Jenny, and other members of the ChinesePod team will be there to chat about your learning experiences and obstacles, and to offer tips on how Shanghai's busy Mandarin "newbies" can best progress with their studies.

Better still, the evening promises to be a fun opportunity for Shanghai-based members of the ChinesePod community to meet-up in person in a relaxed setting. We're all pretty excited!

Lucky Draw
Everyone who joins next week will have the chance to enter a lucky draw to win a one-year Premium subscription to ChinesePod (worth US$239).
Plus, there'll be exclusive offers available on ChinesePod face-to-face classes in Shanghai.

So, make sure you've added the date to your calendar - and told ALL your Shanghai-based friends. We're all very much looking forward to meeting you!


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October 27, 2009, 10:14 AM

Great idea I've recently signed up - looking forward to it! 

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November 05, 2009, 11:10 AM

$13/month for a vpn connection isn't that much in the grand scheme of things, especially when we're paying hundreds for the cpod subscription, monthly fees for an ISP and so on.  But somehow, hearing that cpod is going to augment lots of content on a page that China-based poddies can only access through paying more fees, is somewhat off-putting. I guess our subscription price isn't enough. 


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October 28, 2009, 02:35 AM

I totally want in...but I'm here in Arizona! Round trip to Shanghai for a meet-up just isn't in my budget! Boohoo : (

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October 28, 2009, 04:15 AM

I gather the ShanghaiExpat meetup is at the same time, on the 3rd floor every Wednesday. Malone's is popular - good thing it's walking distance from my place.

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October 28, 2009, 04:35 AM

Hey coljac -

That's right, we're partnering up with ShanghaiExpat for this first event.

If Poddies take over the place, though, we'll have to look for other options in the future...!!


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October 28, 2009, 07:40 AM

We look forward to seeing you there. The more the merrier.


How have you been? We missed you!

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October 28, 2009, 12:09 PM

Re: ShanghaiExpat, Oops, I didn't read closely enough!

See you next week.

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October 29, 2009, 10:22 AM

Good.Learn chinese online anytime,anywhere

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October 29, 2009, 02:59 PM

We're arriving in Shanghai on Nov. 4th and have to see a friend off at the train station that night.  We want to make in even though we are not Newbies, but only lazy students and big enthusiasts for Chinesepod.  Maybe we can drag our Chinese friend with us before his train.

Now I wish we had booked the plane a day earlier.

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October 30, 2009, 01:39 AM

Hi, luobinzhenmei -

I received your RSVP email, thank you. We look forward to seeing you both next week, however briefly!


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October 27, 2009, 11:41 PM

Brilliant, - we're looking forward to meeting you, kashkj!

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November 01, 2009, 12:52 AM

I RSVP'd by email. Normally I would give Malone's a very wide berth but in this case I'll definitely make an exception to meet up with fellow Shanghai-based poddies. Looking forward to it.

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November 02, 2009, 04:04 AM


Great to hear you are coming, will see you there!

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November 02, 2009, 08:49 AM

@ouisjia - cool, looking forward to it. 

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November 03, 2009, 03:42 AM

so happy can meet the poddies!!~~~:)

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November 05, 2009, 09:43 AM

Thanks to all those who made it to the meet-up last night. We were so pleased to see everyone, both familiar faces and new!

Photos of the evening will be posted up on our facebook page in the next day or two:

We'll be organising another meet-up for the first week of December, so put it in your calendars if you'll be in Shanghai! Details to follow...


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November 05, 2009, 09:55 AM


Can you tell me how you get on to Facebook in China?  

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November 05, 2009, 10:02 AM

I think I can answer that one bodawei. You have to use a VPN. There's only one reliable one still working that I know of, and I don't want to openly mention it here, so I'll PM you later.

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November 05, 2009, 10:07 AM


As tal_ says, a VPN is our only option here. It's not ideal (lots of advertising etc.), but it's access of sorts.

We're planning some fun stuff for our Facebook page in the coming weeks, so I hope you find your way in!

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October 30, 2009, 08:47 AM

@ luobinzhenmei,

真巧!It would be so great to see you again!