Effective Chinese has sponsors weekly meetups for students, past students, native speakers and anyone who wants to practice conversational Mandarin or English. We change venues frequently for variety and convenience. We seldom have less than ten people show up, but we have had as many as 25. We like to keep the conversation in Mandarin, but occasional clarifications in English are okay. Native speakers enjoy making friends and being rock-star helpers for people who are struggling. Check out www.meetup.com/portlandmandarin to find out where the next meetup happening.