Essential Chinese for Travelers (2)

A course that best prepares you to have conversations in real life and makes your travel and stay in China a breeze.
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Instructed by Shuai Zhang Language / Chinese
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  • Lectures 63
  • Length 6.5 hours
  • Skill Level Beginner Level
  • Languages English
  • Includes Lifetime access
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About This Course

Published 4/2013 English

Course Description

       This 3.5-hour course teaches you the most useful phrases with thorough explanations that best prepare you to have conversations in real life and make your travel and stay in China a breeze. It provides you with 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 62 lectures, including 29 video lectures, 25 video review lectures, and 8 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 is taught from the perspective of an English speaker. It is so easy and practical that you can use immediately in your daily life while you are traveling or studying in China. Whether your interest lies in the language or the culture, the course has something for you. With a teeny-tiny fraction of the average costs in online and offline Chinese classes, you can access an even richer pool of practical materials and resources here. For the previous basic lessons, please visit Shuai’s  FREE course Essential Chinese for Travelers (1)   Finally, you have plenty of opportunities to practice spoken Chinese with the fun instructor Shuai FOR FREE via the smartphone app WeChat !

       Have fun learning! ^_^

       

What are the requirements?

  • Please go to Shuai's free course Essential Chinese for Travelers (1) for detailed teaching of Chinese pīnyīn and tones if you do not have any preliminary knowledge of them!
  • Internet access, passion, practice, and persistence!

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Learn how to ask for Internet access and make international and domestic calls in Chinese so that you can contact your friends and family in your home country;
  • Learn how to request such services as copying, printing, scanning, and faxing in Chinese;

  • Learn how to order food and pay bills in Chinese;
  • Learn how to get around in China by asking for directions in Chinese, and by taking a bus/the train/the subway, by renting a bike, or by joining a tour group in Chinese;
  • Know how to bargain, buy clothes, shoes, cellphones, and phone cards, and make custom-made traditional Chinese clothes in Chinese;
  • Learn how to mail postcards and parcels, do laundry, get a haircut, and go to the fitness center in Chinese as you stay in China for a little bit longer;
  • Learn how to handle unexpected problems you may encounter in China in Chinese, such as explaining your symptoms and buying medicines, and missing luggage; and know the must-know phrases and sentences you need in emergencies;
  • Learn the basic expressions you are going to use as you and the friends you have made in China depart at the end of the trip.

What is the target audience?

  • Beginners;
  • Intermediate learners who would like to have a fantastic review of the basics of Chinese.

What you get with this course?

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

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Lifetime access.

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Desktop, iOS and Android.

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Certificate of completion.

Curriculum

Section 1: Getting Connected
04:41

This lecture teaches you how to ask for the Internet access or Wi-Fi at the hotel in Chinese.

03:52

This lecture informs you of useful tips for the Internet in China.

01:56

This is a video review for Asking for Internet Access and Internet in China. Please listen to the audio and practice the phrases and sentences you have learned as often as possible.

04:59

This lecture teaches you how to ask for instructions on making international and domestic calls in Chinese.

02:10

This is a video review for Making International and Domestic Calls. Please listen to the audio and practice the phrases and sentences you have learned as often as possible.

06:06

This lecture teaches you how to purchase cellphones and phone cards in Chinese.

02:26

This is a video review for Purchasing a Cellphone and Phone Cards. Please listen to the audio and practice the phrases and sentences you have learned as often as possible.

04:50

This lecture teaches you how to ask for services of copying, printing, scanning, and faxing in Chinese.

02:39

This is a video review for Copying, Printing, Scanning, and Faxing. Please listen to the audio and practice the phrases and sentences you have learned as often as possible. 

16 pages

This is a PDF review for Section 1 . Please feel free to download it! : )

Section 2: Money
03:44

This lecture teaches you how to change money in Chinese.

05:41

This lecture is about all the must-know money matters as you plan to travel to China.

03:24

This is a video review for Changing Money and Must-Know Money Matters. 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 Section 2 . Please feel free to download it! : )

Section 3: Eating Out
05:46
 This lecture teaches you how to order food, pay bills, etc. at a restaurant in Chinese.
02:34

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

06:11

This lecture introduces to you the most well-known Chinese local snacks and their Chinese names; it also teaches you how to order specialties in Chinese.

02:49

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

9 pages

This is a PDF review for Section 3 . Please feel free to download it! : )

Section 4: Getting Around in China
04:44

This lecture teaches you how to buy a bus pass and take a bus in Chinese.

02:01

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

08:55

This lecture teaches you how to book train tickets in Chinese and tells you about the essential tips on choosing the type of train tickets and the bunk type, etc. It also teaches you the month names in Chinese.

03:09

This is a video review for Taking the Train. Please listen to the audio and practice the phrases and sentences you have learned as often as possible. The supplementary material is a video review for month names.

04:14

This lecture teaches you how to take the subway in Chinese.

01:39

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

06:11

This lecture teaches you how to rent a bike in Chinese and informs you of some key facts about renting a bike.

02:45

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

05:17

This lecture teaches you how to ask for directions in Chinese.

01:51

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

03:41

This lecture teaches you how to join a tour group in Chinese.

01:22

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

24 pages

This is a PDF review for Section 4. Please feel free to download it! : )

Section 5: Shopping
05:02

This lecture teaches you how to bargain in Chinese.

03:46

This is lecture about great tips for shopping in China.

02:17

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

03:55

This lecture teaches you how to buy fruits in Chinese.

01:47

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

04:47

This lecture teaches you how to buy clothes and shoes in Chinese, and how to ask for size changes.

03:06

This lecture teaches you how to buy custom-made traditional Chinese clothes in Chinese.

02:39

This is a video review for Buying Clothes and Shoes and Buying Custom-Made Traditional Chinese Clothes. Please listen to the audio and practice the phrases and sentences you have learned as often as possible.

13 pages

This is a PDF review for Section 5. Please feel free to download it! : )

Section 6: Living in China
03:46

This lecture teaches you how to mail postcards and parcels in Chinese.

01:12

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

06:03

This lecture teaches you how to use laundry services in Chinese.

01:41

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

06:56

This lecture teaches you how to go to the barber’s and ask for a haircut in Chinese.

02:14

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

06:09

This lecture teaches you how to join a fitness center and use its facilities in Chinese.

02:21

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

15 pages
 This is a PDF review for Section 6. Please feel free to download it! : )
Section 7: Unexpected Problems
06:29

This lecture teaches you how to explain your symptoms and buy medicines at the drug store in Chinese.

02:26

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

05:35
 This lecture teaches you how to respond in Chinese in emergencies.
01:59

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

04:43

This lecture teaches you how to let people know that your luggage is missing at the airport in Chinese.

02:19

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

04:40

This lecture teaches you how to return or exchange your products bought in China in Chinese.

01:37

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

18 pages

This is a PDF review for Section 7. Please feel free to download it! : )

Section 8: Farewell to China
02:24

This lecture teaches you how to bid farewell to friends you have made in China and exchange business cards with them in Chinese.

01:00

This is a video review for Farewell to China. 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 Section 8. Please feel free to download it! : )

Section 9: Summary
98 pages

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

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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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