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I also posted this on the general board:


Well, all things point to a move to Beijing the first quarter of 2012. We will have access to a tutor when we are on the ground in China. I was hoping that we might learn some basic Mandarin before hand to help with some of the initial stress. We will have real estate help and a driver, so thank goodness that will be covered. I'm concerned about reading signs, ordering lunch, going to the grocery .... etc, etc, etc. What should I use to begin some basic vocabulary and phrases? ANY advice is VERY welcome.


thank you!

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That is a very short amount of time! It is going to be tough for sure.


I believe there is an iphone app where you can draw a character and it will find the meaning and how to pronounce it for you. That might be your best bet for characters / reading signs.


For speaking/listening I recommend getting a tutor to help you before you go. Also, Pimsleur audio is good.


Best of luck! It sounds exciting!

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