FSI - Chinese - Optional Module - Part 1

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Standard Chinese - Optional Module CAR - Unit 01

Standard Chinese - Optional Module CAR - Unit 02

Foreign Service Institute chinese (Mandarin) - Image The purpose of the FSI Mandarin Chinese Car Module is to provide you with the linguistic skills you need to use and take care of your car in everyday situations as well as emergencies. Before starting the Car Module, you should have at least completed the Transportation Module.

Specifics you will learn:

When you have finished this FSI Mandarin Chinese Car Module, you should be able to:

1. Buy gasoline using the metric system to indicate quantity and costs if necessary. Understand it the attendant offers you high-test or regular gas.
2. Tell no attendant that there isn't enough air in the tires. Ask for air to be put in the tires.
3. Tell an attendant the car windows need cleaning.
4. Explain to a garage attendant where your car has developed problem, lately: brakes, headlights, automatic transmission, gear shift, fan belt, exhaust pipe, and so on.
5. Ask for a regular maintenance check up for the ear.
6. Tell someone you have a flat tire and whether or not you have a spare tire end tools.
7. Tell someone that yon got a traffic ticket and why.
8. State whether or not you hers your driver's license and car registration with you.
9. Ask in a collision situation if someone is injured.
10. Understand and describe in simple terns the damage to their car resulting from an accident_
11. Ask a garage repairman to fix a car which has been in an accident. find out how long it will take to fix it. Ask for an estimate on cost repairs.

You can find the other volumes of the FSI optional modules here:
- FSI Chinese - Optional Module - Part 2
- FSI Chinese - Optional Module - Part 3
- FSI Chinese - Optional Module - Part 4
- FSI Chinese - Optional Module - Part 5
- FSI Chinese - Optional Module - Part 6

Chinese is a group of related but in many cases mutually unintelligible language varieties, forming a branch of the Sino-Tibetan language family. Chinese is spoken by the Han majority and many other ethnic groups in China. Nearly 1.2 billion people (around 16% of the world's population) speak some form of Chinese as their first language.

The varieties of Chinese are usually described by native speakers as dialects of a single Chinese language, but linguists note that they are as diverse as a language family. The internal diversity of Chinese has been likened to that of the Romance languages, but may be even more varied. There are between 7 and 13 main regional groups of Chinese (depending on classification scheme), of which the most spoken, by far, is Mandarin (about 960 million), followed by Wu (80 million), Yue (70 million) and Min (70 million). Most of these groups are mutually unintelligible, although some, like Xiang and the Southwest Mandarin dialects, may share common terms and some degree of intelligibility. All varieties of Chinese are tonal and analytic.

Chinese (Mandarin) is spoken in: China

Chinese (Mandarin) is also called: Beifang Fangyan, Guanhua, Guoyu, Hanyu, Hoton, Huayu, Hui, Hui-Zu, Hytad, Kuoyu, Mandarin, Northern Chinese, Putonghua, Qotong, Standard Chinese, Xui

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