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Hacking Chinese meet-up in Taipei 2013-03-02

I’ve been in Taiwan for almost six months and even though I have met some people I previously only knew over the internet, I still haven’t arranged a proper Hacking Chinese meet-up. Time to change that! The first meet-up ever is planned for next Saturday (March 2nd) and will be held in a cafe somewhere close to the NTNU main campus (close to both 古亭 and 臺電大樓 MRT stations) in Taipei. For more (and updated) information, check the Facebook event here:

Image credit: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Taipei_101_from_afar.jpg

Image credit: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Taipei_101_from_afar.jpg

Hacking Chinese meet-up Facebook event

If you want to join, please let me know before next Thursday (February 28th) to make sure that I can reserve table(s) for everybody. The meet-up has no fixed agenda and will be a relaxed get-together over lunch, tea or whatever you prefer. Language hackers in Taiwan, unite!

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  1. Scott says:

    That sounds great, I need people to talk to about language learning who aren’t going to roll their eyes every time I open start speaking about Chinese.

  2. Sterling Swallow says:

    I’d love to come and participate and meet some fellow not native Chinese learners.

  3. Dear Olle!

    I am very unhappy that I won’t be able to come from Taichung to Taipei this Saturday for the Hacking Chinese meeting – despite the fact that I was willing to do it so much, I even created a Facebook account especially for that purpose…

    I’ve just learned about it, so I have now to cancel my
    reservation, sorry!

    På födelsedagen önskar jag dig full framgång med kinesiska, trevligt möte på lördag och en intressant rapport senare på bloggen.


    1. Olle Linge says:

      No worries, I will probably arrange other meet-ups in the future! Thanks for the well-wishing, too!

  4. Sterling Swallow says:

    Correction: *non-native learners*

  5. Rick says:


    I just found out about your website and meetup. I am in Zhongli and would like to come. Can I be notified if I am not a Facebook user?



    1. Olle Linge says:

      I’ll let you know once I have reserved tables, will do that today!

  6. Hwang He says:

    Sorry, but I am stuck down in Kaohsiung without a dog sitter. I’ve been here since 1994 and only spent 3 days in Taipei.

    I’ve actually spent much more time in Thailand and Japan, but I have explored the whole island over the years.

    Let me know if you come to Kaohsiung. I’ll treat you to dinner.

  7. Marcus Murphy says:

    Dear Olle,

    Think you could do a post on how to explore study options in Taiwan, especially during the summer? It is my understanding that you are studying 对外汉语 as well, and given all your wonderful insight into Chinese language learning, thought you might be able to shed some light on this topic as well.

    I have a Master’s in 对外汉语 from a 大陆大学, and currently teach Chinese in the US. Really would like to head to Taiwan this summer to further my focus on traditional characters. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

    Your site is great!


    1. Olle Linge says:

      Hi Marcus,

      Such a post would indeed be very useful, but it would require extensive research done by me personally, so it isn’t likely to happen any time soon. The problem is that I don’t trust what other people say about schools and language centres, so I might have to go there myself to understand the different options. Schools often don’t allow outsiders to attend class, not even teacher trainees who want to check what’s going on (if you’re a foreigner, they think you’re sneaking in and learning Chinese for free, which is possibly the most stupid thing I’ve heard). I have studied at two language centres here, but that’s not really enough to write an article about it.

      Best wishes,


  8. Kevin says:

    When’s the next meetup?

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