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?

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How to ask:

Duìbuqǐ, qǐngwèn yíxià huǒchēzhàn zàinǎr?

对不起,请问一下火车站在哪儿?

Excuse me please! Could you please tell me where the train station is?

Qù huǒchēzhàn zěnme zǒu?

去火车站怎么走?

How do I get to the train station?

Some landmarks you may need to know:

lǚxíngshè

旅行社

The travel agency

mǎlù

马路

The street

jǐngchájú

警察局

The police station

gōngyuán

公园

The park

gōnggòng cèsuǒ

公共厕所

The public restrooms

jiǔbā

酒吧

The bar

shì zhōngxīn

市中心

The town center

gòuwù zhōngxīn

购物中心

The shopping center

 

Directions:

zuǒbiān

左边

Left

yòubiān

右边

Right

yìzhí

一直

Straight

zài guǎijiǎo chù

在拐角处

Around the corner

zuǒbiān dìyītiáo jiē

左边第一条街

The next street to the left.

yòubiān dìyītiáo jiē

右边第一条街

The next street to the right.

guǎijiǎo

拐角

The corner

zài gébì

在……隔壁

Next to

zǒu

Take…

wǎng……zǒu

……

Go

yánzhe……zǒu

沿着……

Follow

chuānguò

穿过

Cross

 

You might want to know these too…

Yuǎn ma?

远吗?

Is it very far?

Jìn ma?

近吗?

Is it close by?

Yuǎn

远。

It’s far.

Bùyuǎn

不远。

It’s not far.

Jìn

近。

It’s close by.

 

Now practice:

 

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!

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