"吃" (eat), "碰" (bang), "MAHJONG" – Language exchange while playing games!
Taiwan's first typhoon of the year was about to reach Taipei as FRNCi's new language & culture exchange event "Mahjong & Board Game" was in full swing! Around 40 people from 10 different countries gathered together and braved the typhoon weather to learn how to play Mahjong and to practice foreign language skills while meeting new people and enjoying food and drinks.
Small Groups with a lot of fun!
Seated according to our Chinese language skills, the group sizes varied from 6-8 people which enabled perfect conversations. People started chatting immediately and one could detect many different languages. 10 different nationalities from all over the world participated, eager to get to know many new people and to practice their Chinese language skills. The ice among the team members was broken straight away with games like "Never have I ever…" and funny questions as for example "Never have I ever farted in front of my girlfriend".
10 different nationalities – Mahjong unites them all
To foster the language exchange FRNCi thought of some games which enabled in an easy, funny and enjoyable way the interaction among the group members. But the main attraction this afternoon was Mahjong. Most of the participants didn't know anything about Mahjong and were eager to learn the rules and to start their first “battles” in this world-famous Chinese game. Soon the room was filled with people shouting "吃" (chī), "碰" (pèng) or sometimes even "MAHJONG". Whilst playing Mahjong, people were chatting about their native countries, enjoying the snacks and exchanging their experiences in Taiwan.
Asian Culture, Language Exchange, Fun – All within one afternoon
Within the cozy location, the great talks and amusing games the time went by too fast and no-one cared about the upcoming typhoon anymore. Not only the chance to practice my Chinese and to get to know many people from all over the world made this event to a great experience to me, also to learn "Mahjong" was an incredible chance as this game is deeply rooted within the Asian culture – even though I lost each of my first games this afternoon 😉 But I am already looking forward to the next "FRNCi Speak Easy – Time for Mahjong & Board Game" event and I hope I'll win in Mahjong then! 😊
Contributor: Franz Traimer
Been learning Mandarin for a while and wanna try speaking in real life? Let’s play board game together this time~ Here's the opportunity to make friends with locals and practice your Mandarin speaking skills in a relaxing and welcoming atmosphere! Walk out of your classroom and chat with locals!