FSI - Chinese - Optional Module - Part 5

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Standard Chinese - Optional Module RST - Unit 01

Standard Chinese - Optional Module RST - Unit 02

Standard Chinese - Optional Module RST - Unit 03

Standard Chinese - Optional Module RST - Unit 04

Foreign Service Institute Chinese (Mandarin) - Image The purpose of the FSI Chinese Restaurant Module (AST) is to acquaint you with Chinese cuisine and eating customs and to provide you with the linguistic skills you need to be able to order in a restaurant or to dine at home. Before starting the Chinese Restaurant Module you should have at least completed the Money Mondule of the Chinese Basic course.

Specific Topics You Will Learn

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

1. Name four foods or dishes suitable as a snack or as an in-between meal.
2. Name four dishes in Chinese you might order for dinner.
3. Name 5 types of meat, fish or fowl.
4. Translate the names of 10 Chinese dishes (either soups, main courses, or desserts) into English.
5. List the food which accompanies various main courses: rice, noodles, pancakes, steamed bread, flower rolls.
6. Order a Western-style breakfast.
7. Order one of the "fixed meals" offered in small restaurants.
8. Order Mongolian Barbecue or Mongolian Hot Pot.
9. Discuss with a friend what to order for a snack.
10. Ask for a menu and for help in reading it. Discuss with the waiter or waitress what the various dishes are. Ask for suggestions in ordering the meal.
11. Comment on the meal and how the dishes were made, which were most pleasing, and when you've had enough.

You can find the other volumes of the FSI optional modules here:
- FSI Chinese - Optional Module - Part 1
- FSI Chinese - Optional Module - Part 2
- FSI Chinese - Optional Module - Part 3
- FSI Chinese - Optional Module - Part 4
- 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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