Essential Chinese for Travelers (1)

Survival Chinese that you can use immediately on your way to China and as you first arrive in China.
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Instructed by Shuai Zhang Language / Chinese
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  • Lectures 23
  • Contents Video: 1 hour
    Other: 1 hour
  • Skill Level Beginner Level
  • Languages English
  • Includes Lifetime access
    30 day money back guarantee!
    Available on iOS and Android
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About This Course

Published 4/2013 English

Course Description

       This course teaches you the basic and useful phrases and sentences with thorough explanations that best prepare you to have conversations as you are on a plane to China and first arrive in China. It provides you with extremely detailed and easy-to-follow instructions on Chinese tones and pronunciation that make you talk like a local; it also offers well-designed vocabulary review and essential tips for having a hassle-free travel in China. It contains 22 lectures, including 11 video lectures, 6 video review lectures, and 5 PDF review lectures for sections. For each small section there is a video review lecture: you can listen to the audio and repeat, and practice your spoken Chinese; and for each large section there is a PDF summary of the lectures.

       This course shows you how Chinese works by fully taking into account the learner perspective. It is so easy and practical that you can use immediately on your way to China and as your first arrive there. Whether your interest lies in the language or the culture, the course has something for you. This FREE course also offers you plenty of opportunities to practice spoken Chinese with the fun instructor Shuai FOR FREE via the smartphone app WeChat !

       Whether you are a first-timer or a seasoned traveler, you will need to know the essential phrases and sentences for various situations and problems, but don’t worry, Shuai’s Essential Chinese for Travelers (2) has everything, including a practical and complete language package and useful insider tips, for you!

        Good news! By giving a 5 star to or leaving a nice comment on either Essential Chinese for Travelers (1) or Essential Chinese for Travelers (2), you will get $20 off when taking Essential Chinese for Travelers (2); if you are a subscriber for Essential Chinese for Travelers (2) then by successfully referring a friend to Essential Chinese for Travelers (2) you will get a reward of $25; if you are great enough to complete both, then the reward is $30 off the original price of Essential Chinese for Travelers (2). : ) Go check it out! : )

       Have fun learning!

What are the requirements?

  • Interest, practice, and persistence!

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Have a great command of Chinese Pīnyīn and Tones;
  • Learn how to greet people and say good bye to them in Chinese;
  • Learn how to take a taxi, ask for a receipt, and show your appreciation in Chinese;
  • Learn how to check into a hotel in Chinese;
  • Learn how to count basic and complicated numbers in Chinese;
  • Know about the cultural connotations of numbers in Chinese.

What is the target audience?

  • Beginners and intermediate learners who would like to have a fantastic review of the basics of Chinese; and anyone who is interested in Chinese and China's culture! : )

What you get with this course?

Not for you? No problem.
30 day money back guarantee.

Forever yours.
Lifetime access.

Learn on the go.
Desktop, iOS and Android.

Get rewarded.
Certificate of completion.

Curriculum

Section 1: Chinese Pīnyīn and Tones
08:18
This is a video lecture that leads you into the world of Chinese pīnyīn and tones. It teaches you how Chinese, the tonal language, works by explaining its Pīnyīn system and how its basic tones are pronounced.
01:45
This is a lecture informing you of a smart way to get in touch with Shuai and practice spoken Chinese with her for free.
01:13

This is a video review for Chinese Pīnyīn and Tones and Practice Spoken Chinese FOR FREE with Shuai. Please listen to the audio and practice the phrases and sentences you have learned as often as possible.

8 pages

This is a PDF review for Chinese Pīnyīn and Tones and Practice Spoken Chinese FOR FREE with Shuai. Please feel free to download it! : )

Section 2: On a Plane to China
03:42

This lecture teaches you how to greet someone in Chinese.

02:01
 This lecture teaches you how to bid farewell to someone in Chinese.
00:53

This is a video review for Greetings and Saying Goodbye. Please listen to the audio and practice the phrases and sentences you have learned as often as possible.

4 pages

This is a PDF review for Greetings and Saying Goodbye. Please feel free to download it! : )

Section 3: Taking a Taxi
04:33

This lecture teaches you how to take a taxi in Chinese.

03:44

This lecture teaches you how to ask for a receipt and show your appreciation to the taxi driver in Chinese.

01:29

This is a video review for Taking a Taxi and Asking for a Receipt & Showing Appreciation. Please listen to the audio and practice the phrases and sentences you have learned as often as possible.

3 pages
This is a PDF review for Taking a Taxi and Asking for a Receipt & Showing Appreciation. Please feel free to download it! : )
Section 4: Hotel Check-in
04:05

This lecture teaches you how to check into a hotel if you have booked a hotel room.

05:12

This lecture teaches you how to check into a hotel if you have not yet booked any hotel room.

03:41

This is a video review for hotel check-in. Please listen to the audio and practice the phrases and sentences you have learned as often as possible.

7 pages

This is a PDF review for hotel check-in. Please feel free to download it! : )

Section 5: Numbers
07:19

This lecture teaches you how to count basic numbers in Chinese.

05:32

This lecture teaches you how to count complicated numbers in Chinese.

02:44

This is a video review for counting basic and complicated numbers in Chinese. Please listen to the audio and practice the phrases and sentences you have learned as often as possible.

03:46

This lecture tells you about the interesting number superstitions in China and explains why people have such beliefs.

01:25

This is a video review for Number Superstitions. Please listen to the audio and practice the phrases and sentences you have learned as often as possible.

10 pages

This is a PDF review for the number section . Please feel free to download it! : )

Section 6: Summary
28 pages
This is a downloadable PDF summary for the previous lectures. 

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Instructor Biography

Shuai Zhang, Welcome to My World!

       Hi guys! My name is Shuai Zhang. Ever since I was a child I have developed a keen interest in languages, and have always believed that to study a language finally means to study a culture, a people, and a different way of looking at the world. With a dream to bridge the cultural gap between China and the West and to explore more fun in life, I went to the United States to study Mass Communications after earning the bachelor’s degree in Interpretation and Translation (Chinese/English Program) in China. Upon graduation I got a job offer from a U.S. company and worked as a senior translator for several years. 

       Studying and working in a foreign country has been a fascinating journey for me. I had my first bite of the exotic avocado and enjoyed the first American opera performance in life; I taught foreign friends how to make dumplings and shared with them the Chinese culture and fun facts about China. Throughout the years, I have also been teaching kids, business people and college professors Chinese. I have never thought that languages could open so many doors for me, to various cultures, different perspectives, precious friendship, golden opportunities, and so many more. And I know for the years to come, teaching Chinese and sharing China’s culture is and will remain a great cause that I am always so proud of. 

       Being a language nerd that loves traveling so much, I know how great it is if you know the essential expressions of the country you are traveling to. Knowing the basics will give you a totally different (in a wonderful way) experience! And many of my foreign friends have told me that an easy-to-follow and reasonably priced course on survival Chinese that they could study on the go is exactly what they need, which is why I created Essential Chinese for Travelers (1)  and Essential Chinese for Travelers (2)   Just relax and enjoy them! Please follow my facebook page Chinese with Shuai  and twitter @ShuaiChinese for more up-to-date and interesting Chinese language and culture tips! ^_^

       Life is good. And you are the cook of your own life. Mix it with the fresh taste of new languages and the spices of different cultures; you will create an amazing dish of your own! 

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