UPDATED April 14th, 2011!!!

 

 
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Dear Friends,

We have a few announcements and one cancellation

1. Mia's Birthday Dinner & Karaoke TONIGHT 4/14/11
2. ALESN"S First Open Mike/ Talent Show June 4th
3. ALL Classes Cancelled Saturday April 23rd 
4. April Dim Sum Event April 23rd
5. David's Cantonese Workshop moves to Mondays
 


1. Mia's Birthday
Sorry for the last minute notice but today is our wonderful Mandarin Teacher's birthday. Mia has been with us for a long time and actually started the Mandarin program  here. Please come out to show her your appreciation by joining us for a wonderful dinner and karaoke in celebration of her birthday. Mia said she would like to go to Mott Karaoke Lounge at 43 Mott Street:
http://www.yelp.com/biz/mott-karaoke-lounge-new-york 
You can come to her class at 7:30, meet us in front of the school at 8PM, or just meet us at the lounge at about 8:15.
 If you're coming later than that call me at
917-767-7194

2. Open Mike/Talent Show
 ALESN presents an Open-Mike Extravaganza where creative talent is showcased on Saturday, June 4th! Bring your musical instruments, bring your vocals to sing either English, Cantonese or Mandarin, recite poetry, bring a friend, a camera to capture the moment, most of all bring your enthusiasm!  Spectators are welcome to observe and appreciate performers’ talents.

 Sign-up time is at 3:30pm.  Performers have FIVE minutes, and a round-robin with time pending.  Duets are welcome.  Guest performer will be co-host Demetrius Daniel.  Demetrius is an experienced spoken word poet, musician artist who plays the trombone and keyboard.  He has been a feature performer at various open-mikes and works have been published. Tina made her poetry debut in early 2009 and has been fortunate enough to be selected as a feature performer at various open-mikes.  She recites with sprightly liveliness energy to ignite flames.
 
Hosted and curated by Tina Chan and Demetrius Daniel. 

3. All Saturday Classes Cancelled April 23rd
The school will be closed for Easter Weekend so there will be no classes scheduled for that day. Saturday classes will resume on Saturday April 30th. Monday and Thursday classes will go ahead as scheduled. HAPPY EASTER!

4. April Dim Sum Event April 23rd
Well, I know you were all wondering "Darn! No class? Now what am I going to do?" Well...fear not, you can still get your Cantonese and Mandarin fix by joining us for a wonderful Dim Sum brunch at  Mandarin Court Inn located at 61 Mott Street.
We will meet at 10:50 in front of the restaurant. Cost of the meal should be approximately $10.00-$15.00. including tip.
Please go here for map:
http://www.city-data.com/ny-restaurants/MANDARIN-COURT.html 

5. David's Cantonese Workshop moves to Mondays
 
David will be moving his Saturday study group to Mondays starting this Monday April 18th. Here's a message from David:

Hello all Cantonese students, I would like to invite you to join me on Mondays between 6:05 and 7:15 for my student study group. These sessions will be activity based and will cover a number of topics that should appeal to 101 and intermediate students. From time to time we will be joined by Ana or another guest who is a native cantonese speaker. A willingness to peer teach as well as learn is required. A firm understanding of jyut6 ping3 is recommended.

Week 1 (4/18), Measure Words Part 1:
When and how to use them.
Week 2 (4/25), Listening Comprehension: we will listen to two very entertaining dialogs, translate and recite them.
Week 3 (5/2), Tone Practice: We will listen to recordings of native speakers, repeating after them. We will then record and listen to ourselves speaking Cantonese and work to perfect our tones.
Week 4 (5/9), Game Day: It will be fun!
SATURDAY (5/14), Measure Words Part 2: 3:30 to 5:30, We will head outside on a scavenger hunt for items with different measure words.
Week 5 (5/16), Apect Markers; Use of zo2, gwo3 and jyun4
Week 6 (5/23), Final Week, TBD

David

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April Specialty Workshop

Chinese Calligraphy Workshop part 3 
Saturday: April 16 - 3:30 to 5:30

Feel the flow of ink running across a page in Chinese calligraphy. Learn about the background of Chinese calligraphy and how to properly hold a brush. Experience writing Chinese characters using ink and brush. Beginner or experienced students are welcome. You may wish to bring your own calligraphy brush. Ink and brushes will be available 
RSVP here 


 
April 30th Specialty Workshop: TBA

 


 


3. ALESN Program Schedule

ALESN's Winter session has begun since January 2011. For new students, please email Tony at ajp807@aol.com to inquire about joining our classes.


Unless otherwise noted, all classes and workshops take place at 100 Hester Street, New York, NY 10002. Please ask the security at the front desk for the room numbers. Please bring your YMCA ID card if you are a former student or let security know if you are a new student. See you all in class! 
 

Course Name: Beginner’s Cantonese II
Instructor: Tony Parisi
Course Duration: Every Monday 7:15pm to 8:30pm (January 10 to June 27)

This is a continuation of our "BRAND NEW" foundation course suitable for those with little or no Cantonese experience, or those who would simply like to refresh their skills. The students will be given a thorough understanding of the Jyut6 ping3/ six tone romanization system, as well as the first five chapters of the famous "Sidney Lau Cantonese Series." At the end of the five months the students will have a good foundation in Cantonese grammar, vocabulary, basic sentence structure, and sentence final particles  Please contact Tony for further information at ajp807@aol.com

or at 917-767-7194

No registration is necessary – Walk ins are welcome.
 

 

Course Name: Cantonese Syntax
Instructor: Ana Chiu

Begins September

 

Course Name: Intermediate Cantonese II
Instructor: Kam Yau
When: Every Saturday (January 15 to June 25)
 
Building off of a solid foundation of Jyutping and the 6 tones system, Intermediate Cantonese will focus heavily on listening comprehension, conversational skills, grammar practice, and more advanced vocabulary. In addition to using a main text, students are encouraged to bring in short texts and audios to class that will supplement lessons for a practical real life learning approach.

Prerequisites: Beginner’s Cantonese class and at least one additional Cantonese class. Students should be able to identify the 6 tones by hearing, and be comfortable with reading and writing in jyutping. This class will be challenging for those who have taken 2+ years of Cantonese and Chinese-Americans who grew up speaking some Cantonese. A brief diagnostic quiz will be administered at the beginning of class.

Register for Intermediate Cantonese class here.
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Course Name: Beginner’s Mandarin II
Instructors: Mia Skurnick and Judith Hu
When: Every Thursday 7:30pm to 8:30pm (January 13 to June 30)

            AND/OR

Course Name: Beginner’s Mandarin II
Instructor: Kam Yau
When: Every Saturday 1:30 to 2:25pm (January 15 to June 25)

By the end of the semester for Beginner’s Mandarin 1, students should be very familiar with the pinyin system,be able to read and write pinyin based on how a word is pronounced. Students will also learn basic conversation skills including greetings, telling time, counting money, describing locations, and simple sentence structures.

Course Name: Intermediate Mandarin II
Instructor: Kam Yau
When: Every Saturday 2:30 to 3:25pm (January 15 to June 25)

By the end of the semester  for  Intermediate Mandarin II, students should be able to carry on daily conversations in Mandarin and be able to recognize at least 200 characters. Students will also learn how to use the language to accomplish daily tasks such sending invitations, ordering food and asking for directions. In addition, students will study several common sentence structures to improve the accuracy of speech. 

Prerequisites: This class will strictly be for students who fulfill the minimum class expectations of Beginner’s Mandarin I. A diagnostic quiz will be administered in the beginning of the first class.

Click here to register for any of the above Mandarin courses.
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Course Name: Chinese Reading and Writing
Instructor: Tony Parisi
Course Duration: Every Thursday 6:00pm to 7:30pm (January 13 to June 30)
 
This will be a continuation of last semester's Chinese Reading and Writing class suitable for beginner or returning students. We will be starting with  Standard Chinese handout#7 , available with the other lessons in the "Lesson Archive" above. Characters will be presented in "Traditional" as well as "Simplified" Chinese with the pronunciation in Cantonese as well as Mandarin.

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Remember, all of the classes are FREE and don't forget to practice your Cantonese, Mandarin and Chinese characters every day.

Please view our current Winter 2011 schedule below. Feel free to email or call me with any questions, comments, trivia or babble at AJP807@aol.com Hope to see you all in class.

Zoi3 gin3 再見 Tony 917-767-7194

 

Winter 2011 Schedule

At IS 131 (100 Hester Street) Begins January 10th, 2011 

 

 

Mondays 

April 18-6:00-7:15 Cantonese Study Group with David  

7:15-8:30 Beginner Cantonese II with Tony New cycle began

January 10th (open to beginners)

 

Thursdays  Began January 13th

6:00-7:15 Standard Chiinese Reading & Writing with Cantonese and Mandarin pronunciations (open to beginners/for past lessons click above on "Lessons Archive" and go to the "Standard Chinese" section)

7:30-8:30 Beginner Mandarin with Mia 

 

Saturdays

12:15-1:25 Intermediate Mandarin with Kam

1:30-2:25 Beginner Mandarin with Kam

2:30-3:25 Intermediate Cantonese with Kam

3:30-5:30 Workshops:  04/16/11 Chinese Calligraphy