Survival Chinese Course

Course Aims

  • Get Chinese cultural orientation
  • Learn must known phrases

Course Description

The Greater China Region, including mainland China, Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan, is a fascinating region for sight seeing and doing business. There are hundreds of different dialects spoken in the entire region, while Mandarin Chinese (putonghua) is the most common one of them all. Most people speak Mandarin, perhaps with some accents. Therefore, it is not an exaggeration to say that the smoothest way for travelling around the Greater China Region is paved with fluent Mandarin Chinese. Either you have studied for years, or you have a dedicated translator. For those who do not speak Chinese, or have a translator, the trip can be quite tough. It is perhaps the best to spare a few hours for some quick lessons. This survival Chinese course is the answer.

This is a short-term, no-nonsense course. We have filtered out the unnecessary or superfluous information. For example, we don’t teach phrases on how to bargain in a market place. Although it is great fun to argue over prices with good spirit in market places, it also takes more than a couple of hours to become fluent enough to be able to do so. It is perhaps more effective to use a calculator on your phone to show how much you want to pay. Neither do we teach asking directions. Such questions are capable of generating a rapid torrent of answers in Chinese, which people, without sufficient language training, will not be able to understand. It is better to give a taxi driver a simple and clear instruction, followed by a thank you.

This course focuses only on the most important and practical matters. It gives students necessary cultural orientation, what makes Chinese culture attractive, and what not. For example, you probably will not see a bar fight between Chinese people. However, you will see people pushing their way in and out of a subway. It is much better knowing what to expect and what to do most of the time. This course also teaches students must known phrases, so they can be polite and inform people what they want or don’t with clear messages in Chinese. 

A couple of hours spent on this course will make a positive impact on the overall travelling experience in the Greater China Region. 

Course Duration

  • 2.5 hours, including one hour walking tour, or one hour dine-in experience in a traditional dim sum restaurant

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April Zhang
Chinese Teacher
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