first_imgThe first ever Chinese social evening will take place in Letterkenny this Friday, bringing together the many local people with an interest in China and some of the local Chinese community.Organised by local Chinese teacher Jill Murphy, in conjunction with LYIT, the evening hopes to be a fun event for the many people who have been learning the language over the past year at LYIT and those who are interested in taking it up in the future.Jill explained: “We would love anyone who has an interest in learning more about China to come along. It will be a unique event taking place on Friday, October 12, from 6pm to 7pm in Hees Chinese Restaurant on the High Road (underneath the Donegal News offices). “The event is open to anyone who wants to come along and is entirely free of charge. As well as a chance to taste some authentic Chinese snacks and drinks, there will be a number of activities including a chance to get a Chinese name, and learn how to use chopsticks.“There will be two Chinese conversation tables where you can practice your Chinese with Chinese friends (or just learn how to say ‘Hello’ and ‘thank you’ if you don’t know any Chinese). This is a great chance to meet other people in Letterkenny studying or interested in Chinese.”She continued: “This is also the first event in Letterkenny which brings together the local Chinese community and local people studying or interested in Chinese. It is the first opportunity that many local students of Chinese will have to practice the language with a native speaker. Those attending the event are also more than welcome to join us for a Chinese meal priced at €15 per person.”Given the interest in Chinese locally over the past year it became clear that the next step should be a trip to China and Jill has now put together an exciting schedule for an escorted trip next Easter. Information on the trip will be provided at the social evening. Jill explained: “A lot of people had been telling me that they would love to go to China but were too scared to go on their own. Having lived in China in the past it puts me in a great position to be able to show people the best of what China has to offer. Our tour will not only show what I consider to be the ‘must see’ sights but will incorporate some unique Chinese opportunities that other tour groups don’t offer such as a Tai Chi lesson, Chinese cooking, and dinners with locals where you will have a chance to practise your Chinese if you wish.Jill continued: “The trip is ideal for everybody, both those who have a basic knowledge of the language and for those who simply want a fabulous holiday and have no knowledge of Chinese at all. We are working with a fully bonded and registered travel agency in Letterkenny. The trip will begin in the historic capital of Beijing, before moving on to Shanghai, Guilin and Yangshuo. We will offer optional additional day trips to places such as Suzhou and Nanxun (a water village) so that people get a chance to experience the contrasts of the country. We will be finishing up in the cosmopolitan metropolis that is Hong Kong.Jill concluded: “I have set up a facebook page for Chinese called Letterkenny Chinese, join it if you wish to hear about our Chinese classes and other Chinese related social events. The web address is interested in attending can e-mail [email protected] or just turn up at Hees restaurant between 6-7pm on Friday October 12. CHOPSTICKS AND CHAT – AN A-Z OF CHINA COMES TO DONEGAL was last modified: October 10th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Chinese eveningJill MurphyLYITlast_img read more