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Get By in Chinese is devised specifically for travellers. The 70-minute download will help you to get to grips with the basics of spoken Chinese, and introduces the most relevant language you'll hear when you're there. Listen to the audio a couple of times to practise the key phrases and vocabulary, and familiarise yourself with Chinese pronunciation.

There are seven sections, covering essential topics such as:

  • Bare Necessities - greetings, talking about yourself, nationalities, numbers, telling the time, changing money
  • Getting Around - asking for directions, hiring cars and bikes, taking a taxi, getting information, buying tickets, using public transport
  • Somewhere to Stay - finding somewhere to stay, asking about facilities, checking in, asking for help, checking out
  • Buying Things - buying groceries, buying clothes, at the department store
  • Eating Out - finding somewhere to eat, asking about the menu, ordering, discussing special requirements, complaining, paying the bill
  • Entertainment - finding out what's on, getting more information, buying tickets, sports events and activities
  • Emergencies - getting help, explaining problems to a doctor or a dentist, Traditional Chinese medicine, at the chemist's, at the police station, car breakdown

    The English narrator and two native Chinese speakers introduce the key phrases and vocabulary. In each section there are a couple of short dialogues where you can check out the language you have heard, with questions to focus your listening. At the end of each section there is the opportunity to practise what you've learned in a guided dialogue "as if you were there".

    This download comes with a free booklet, which gives the key phrases and dialogues as they appear on the audio. Download the accompanying reference guide.

  • An accompanying book to Get By in Chinese is also available. The 160-page book is perfect as a phrase book and a handy language reference guide. With its tourist and travel tips, thousands of essential phrases and words and two-way mini dictionary, you'll never find yourself lost for the right word. Imitated pronunciation techniques make it easy for you to quickly say what you see, and the comprehensive menu-reader will make sure you always get exactly what you expect to eat. You can try out what you've learned with mini role plays and activities. To find out more go to www.bbcactive.com/languages

    Also in the Get By series: French, German, Greek, Italian, Japanese, Latin American Spanish, Polish, Portuguese, Spanish

    Click here to see all of the BBC Active titles in our collection.

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