Education Policy | Post Primary | Preschool | Primary | Tertiary | Search

 

Bite-Size Chinese For Business Travel

Bite-Size Chinese For Business Travel

One small bite that is the daily serving size offered by an innovative language course fast-tracking Western travellers through the complexities of Mandarin Chinese.

With a three minute video clip of a new phrase emailed to users every day, Language Bite teaches a range of words and phrases that provide people with the skills and confidence to communicate with local Chinese.

Interest in the new course is being fuelled in part by China's emergence as a popular tourist destination and host of the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing next August. As a consequence, an increasing number of Western business people and holiday-makers require "survival skills" to help them communicate with local people and enhance their experience of a different culture.

Based in Auckland, New Zealand, Language Bite owner and linguistic specialist Joanne Lee says the on-line language course is a powerful tool to help travellers achieve these skills quickly.

"We teach useful, simple phrases for everyday interactions including greetings, introductions, eating out, travelling and talking about family. Participants even learn how to ask a taxi driver to slow down, which can be very useful on China's busy roads."

Presented by Ming Jin, a lecturer at a Beijing university and former research fellow at Auckland University, the lessons have won accolades from users in New Zealand, the USA and Australia.

"People love the simplicity and accessibility of the method," says Joanna. "And because each lesson is short, retention of the information is high."

Language Bite has recently introduced an express version of the programme in response to users wanting to fast-track the daily lessons. They can opt to have all 100 lessons delivered at once and get through the programme in their own time.

END


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 

More Large Birds: Giant Fossil Penguin Find In Waipara

The discovery of Crossvallia waiparensis, a monster penguin from the Paleocene Epoch (between 66 and 56 million years ago), adds to the list of gigantic, but extinct, New Zealand fauna. These include the world’s largest parrot, a giant eagle, giant burrowing bat, the moa and other giant penguins. More>>

Wellington: Little Blue Penguins Near Station Again

There have been more sightings of penguins near Wellington Railway Station on Sunday night, this time waddling into a parking building above a burger restaurant. More>>

ALSO:

Heracles inexpectatus: Giant Ex-Parrot Discovered

“New Zealand is well known for its giant birds. Not only moa dominated avifaunas, but giant geese and adzebills shared the forest floor, while a giant eagle ruled the skies. But until now, no-one has ever found an extinct giant parrot – anywhere.” More>>

ALSO:

Howard Davis: Sam Brooks' Burn Her Sets Circa Theatre Ablaze

Burn Her is engaging, witty, and exceptionally sharp, with every line of dialogue inserted for a reason and perfectly delivered by the two leads, who manage to command their space without competing against each other. More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • CULTURE
  • HEALTH
  • EDUCATION
 
 
  • Wellington
  • Christchurch
  • Auckland