In the Office: Chinese Lesson

1. Saying Hello

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2. Introduction to Tones

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3. Ordering a Coffee

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4. Airport - Arriving

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5. Taxi - Going to Hotel

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6. Hotel - Checking In

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7. Numbers 1-10

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8. Breakfast

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9. Shopping

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10. Introducing yourself

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11. Meeting a Colleague

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12. Going for Lunch

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13. Ordering Lunch

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14. Numbers 11 to 999

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15. In the Office

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16. Telling the Time

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17. Ordering Dinner

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18. Having Dinner

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19. Days of the Week

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20. Booking a Day Trip

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21. Sightseeing

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22. Taking the Subway

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23. Asking for Directions

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24. Buying a Phone

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25. At the Bar

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26. Karaoke with Friends

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27. Planning Meeting

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28. Giving a Presentation

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29. Leisure Centre

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30. Talking about Family

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31. Months of the Year

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32. Weather

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33. Visiting the Bank

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34. At the Market

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35. At the Post Office

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36. Sightseeing

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37. Contract Extension

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38. Café Lunch

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39. Apartment Search

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40. Hotel Checking Out

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Here you'll learn the essential Chinese words and phrases for getting started in an office envoironment in China. You'll learn how to talk about your office and meetings. You'll be able to get your computer connected to the internet, discuss sending documents by email, and arrange to make calls - all in Mandarin Chinese

Dani answers the phone with the typical Chinese telephone greeting when Leo calls her. Dani offers to help him get used to his new surroundings and learn the vocabulary for the most common office tools and tasks. Leo also learns how to give orders or instructions in Mandarin Chinese, should he need something from his colleagues.

The office working environment can be very different at times from the Western equivalent. You may find conversations more intense, and meetings lasting a lot longer. Chinese office life can be more bureaucratic, and you may find that you don't agree with some decisions made, or some of the work processes in place. Try to be patient until you get a better feel for the office dynamic, and be mindful not to be too vocal with your criticisms. You don't want to cause yourself or your colleagues to 'lose face', which is important to avoid in Chinese culture.

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.

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