i just moved back to LA from Shanghai...I'm looking for a Chinese corner or a cheap tutor (I thought tutors in Shanghai were expensive, imagine my shock here in LA!). Are there any events or resources you'd suggest for practicing Chinese? I'm at a low intermediate leve.
misterjessJuly 04, 2010, 01:35 PM
All the events seem to be happening in the IE. There is a regular thursday night language exchange that takes place in Riverside. It's 7pm at the University cafe 1400 university in riverside. there is also a free class at 8:30am at the Tyler st. Baptist church. there are actually two classes offered, one a newbie/elementary class, and one a intermediate/ advanced class. For whatever reason we always had a hard time getting a crowd going in LA. Three to five was the biggest group we could get going. Out here that's a small group. Think about it, We're here to help.
xiaohuSeptember 06, 2010, 12:26 AM
How've things been going in 南加州? Is Bobby back with the group?
The weather here suits me, it's often misty and rainy, the sand is a deep shade of red from all the iron in the soil, creating an interesting topography, the 老火锅 here is the greatest in the world!
Anyone up for a trip to our beloved 重庆？
bweedinOctober 13, 2010, 06:06 AM
It was hard for me to make it out to Riverside, but I did go a few times. I'm currently at Cal State L.A. working on my bachelor's in Chinese. However, since my short stint in China, I can actually understand the teacher (and most people) when they speak Mandarin to me!
For my senior year I'm going to Nanjing or maybe Taipei to study. Depends on where I get accepted, and even though I like 大陸 better than Taiwan, the program in Taiwan is excellent.
While I was living in Wenzhou, I got many chances to travel to Shanghai. In Zhejiang province, I also like Hangzhou and Ningbo a lot.
I would like to check out Western China, though :)
user5624October 14, 2010, 04:01 AM
Bobby Good to hear that you are still plugging away.
If there is a meet up. Let us know it does not have to be in Riverside. We all have cars! Would love to get together to talk about your time in china. As you know recently spent some time there.
Hope to see you soon.
xiaohuOctober 22, 2010, 03:47 AM
Good to see that you're going for the degree in Chinese! A man after my own heart!
I'd love to see how things are in 台北, but I have the feeling I wouldn't like it as well as 大陆 either.
I'm planning a trip to 云南, eventually I'll make it out there to see what all the buzz is about. I want to see 香格里拉 and 大理. It's good to hear that your Chinese has improved immensely. Imagine what a couple of years in China can do for you!
I haven't heard from you in a while. I wrote you a couple of times, but I guess you've been busy. Hope you and 能敏 are doing great!
bweedinOctober 22, 2010, 07:20 PM
I think you're gonna like 云南，even though I've never been there myself.
My Chinese linguistics class, it's really cool. I also had to do a presentation on pictographic, and pictophonetic characters. STUFF I KNOW ABOUT ANYWAY!!!
There is this scholarship called the Boren scholarship where they will pay for me to study abroad in China or Taiwan, but in exchange I have to work for the U.S. government for at least a year in some kind of national security related field. I don't know, I'd much rather just get to China right away. I'm still thinking about it, though. The thought of not having student loans is nice.