Here you'll learn how ask for rice in a Chinese restaurant. You'll also learn how to order a bottle of red or white wine to enjoy with your meal. You'll also be able to say whether or not you can use chopsticks in Mandarin Chinese!
Leo and Dani are enjoying dinner, and Dani tells Leo about the various different cuisines in the four main culinary areas of China. Leo is surprised to learn that Northern Chinese food is not typically spicy. When ordering wine, Leo learns more about the measure words in Mandarin Chinese!
It is a good idea to ensure you have mastered the basic chopstick skills in advance of attending your first formal Chinese meal. There are certain points of etiquette you should be aware of when using chopsticks. Don't rub chopsticks together or tap them on the table or bowl. Don't use them to point or gesture, or leave them crossed on the table. Don't stand them upright in your bowl. It is normal practice to use your chopsticks to scoop rice and small morsels from your bowl into your mouth.
About our Lessons
Dani, a Mandarin Chinese speaker and native of Beijing, guides you along your travels in China. Dani will help you learn Chinese words and phrases essential to navigate through real life scenarios in everyday Chinese life. You will also benefit from fascinating and practical lessons about the culture of China and its values. The lessons will allow you to learn Chinese online without the need for downloads or software installations. You can begin to learn Chinese free by taking advantage of our ten free Chinese lessons.