My Mandarin school is very close to Wangfujing Street, the most famous shopping street in China. Most lunchtimes I will go there to have lunch and practice my Mandarin in the shops. The street has the biggest Apple store in Asia, a huge three-story glass and steel cathedral of cool. Recently there have been many rumours about the new iPhone 6, so I went in to ask the Apple staff about it. Obviously they couldn’t tell me anything and I didn’t expect them to. I just wanted to practice my Chinese and see how long I could keep the conversation going. I asked questions like; when it would come out?, how big was the screen?, what was the price?, etc, etc. I did pretty well but I need to improve my technology vocabulary, as some of the terms were hard for me to understand in Chinese. I plan to go back again in a few weeks and practice again with the staff, as I can’t wait for the new iPhone 6 to come out.
(Blog posted by Ray on April 2, 2014. You can see the original article by following this link to rayallychina.com)