Seated in groups of three or four, about 10 Duke community members held sheets in front of them as they phonetically recited words from the pages.
"Nin hao! Jin tian nin yao zhao shen me yi fu ya?" said SangHee Jeong, program coordinator with the International House who is from South Korea and is working to improve her Chinese conversational skills. She was asking a student partner, "Hello! What clothes are you looking for today?"
"wo jiu sui bian kan kan," the student partner replied. "I'll have a look."
The exchange was part of a language exercise in Chinese that had the two acting out roles of shopper and clothing store employee during the latest session of the Chinese Conversation Club at Duke's International House. The club is one of several free cross-cultural and foreign language programs hosted through International House, which also offers English and Spanish clubs that focus on cultural and language learning.