Well hello there my friend! So nice to see you. Are you ready for your big trip to China? Whoa, calm down! No need to fret over not knowing how to get around. I can help you out… but you need to relax and just listen up. Let’s pretend we are walking about the streets of Shanghai and you can practice the following words and phrases with me. OK?
How to ask:
Duìbuqǐ, qǐngwèn yíxià huǒchēzhàn zàinǎr?
Excuse me please! Could you please tell me where the train station is?
Qù huǒchēzhàn zěnme zǒu?
How do I get to the train station?
Some landmarks you may need to know:
The travel agency
The police station
The public restrooms
The town center
The shopping center
zài guǎijiǎo chù
Around the corner
zuǒbiān dìyītiáo jiē
The next street to the left.
yòubiān dìyītiáo jiē
The next street to the right.
You might want to know these too…
Is it very far?
Is it close by?
It’s not far.
It’s close by.
Excuse me please, where is the park?
-Cross the street and make the next left. It’s next to the police station.
Is it far?
-No, it’s not far.
How do I get to the tourist agency?
-Follow this street. Cross at the next street and make a left. At the next street it will be on the right.
Is it close by?
-No, it’s far
Excuse me please, where is the bar?
-It’s around the corner on the right. It’s next to the shopping center. It’s close by.
So how did you do? Do you feel a bit more confident? Don’t worry it will take a bit of practice. Just speak to your Chinese teacher before boarding that plane to practice a bit more. You will do great! Ni Hao!