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How To: Grab a cab and talk directions with the taxi driver using Mandarin Chinese

Getting around is essential when you're traveling, and the one thing you will always have to deal with is cab drivers. How do you tell them where you're going if you don't speak the local language? Well, don't worry… if you're visiting China soon, this video will help you negotiate your directions in the taxi using Mandarin Chinese. Many taxi drivers in Beijing and China do not speak much English, so learn how to grab a taxi and ask the taxi driver to take you to your hotel. You'll also get a...

How To: Speak the Mandarin Chinese language when shopping and trying on clothes

Shopping is any tourists dream. Buying local and ethnic items is on everybody's travel itinerary, so make sure if you're traveling to China, you know some basic words and phrases in Mandarin Chinese to help you shop and bargain your way to success. Learn how to ask a shop assistant if you can you try something on in Mandarin Chinese. You'll also learn about the currency called RMB or Yuan, and you'll learn how to haggle for a bargain.

How To: Check into a hotel using the Mandarin Chinese language

If you're traveling to China, you'll probably staying at an airport. And that means you could run into some trouble when communicating with the hotel's desk receptionist, who may not speak any English. This video will help you learn some essential words in Mandarin Chinese when checking into a hotel, including how to confirm how many rooms you booked and the duration of your stay. You'll learn the essential words and phrases in Mandarin Chinese for communicating with the hotel receptionist wh...

How To: Use essential airport and flight words in Mandarin Chinese when traveling

If you're in China, then getting back home might seem like an impossible task, simply because you don't know the local language. Well, this video will help you learn some very essential words in Mandarin Chinese useful for air travel. Learn the essential words and phrases in Mandarin Chinese for meeting someone at the airport. You'll learn how to ask whether a flight is late, or where your bags are. You'll even learn how to ask one of the most essential questions - where are the toilets?!

How To: Master the four tones when pronouncing words in Mandarin Chinese

Simply learning words in Mandarin Chinese is not enough for being able to speak the language fluently. The Mandarin Chinese language, like many Asian languages, is tonal. This means that a word can have various meanings depending on the tone used to pronounce it. There are four tones in Mandarin Chinese which are represented by the four tone marks over the vowels in pinyin. This video covers these tones and will hopefully help you better understand their uses.

How To: Say "hello" in Mandarin Chinese and start conversations

"Hello" is one of the most basic of verbal greetings, but it could turn into a nightmare if you're not sure how to say it in the language of the country your visiting. This language tutorial will teach you how to say "hello" in Mandarin Chinese. Not only that, but you'll also learn the basic words and phrases of Mandarin Chinese that you'll need to say "hello" or to start a conversation. This is your essential starting point for your understanding of the Chinese language.