The hotel staff need your passport; they need details of your booking. You want to know where to eat. First things, first. Get checked-in properly and then go and eat. Make sure you know how to effectively communicate with the hotel personnel!

In this Podcast, you will learn:

(1) How to confirm your hotel reservation

(2) How to present the correct forms of identification to check-in

Chinese words and phrases mentioned in this Podcast:

我订了房间:I reserved a hotel room

我想办理入住:I want to check-in

我想登记入住:I want to check-in

请出示您的护照:Please show your passport

您的护照?:Your passport please (casual way)

证件:documentation—general term for ID card, passport etc

Cultural note: In some western countries, people usually use their driver’s licence. In China, a driver’s licence is not really the same as an ID card. If you check-in to the hotel, you should always prepare either your ID card or passport to show your identification.

你是3月3日入住?3月7日退房吗?Are you checking in on March 3rd, and checking out on March 7th? Grammar note: When you check-in, the front desk staff usually will confirm your hotel check-in and check-out date, so you will hear this expression quite often:

你是( )入住,()退房吗?

Eg. 你是(3月4日)入住,(3月8日)退房吗?Are you checking in on (March 4th), checking out on (March 8th )? 一共四晚, 对吗:It’s for a total four nights, right?



不对,我们三人个人:No, there are three people

这是你的房卡: This is your room card

房间号是302:Your room is 302

早餐是6点到9点:Breakfast is from 6am to 9am

餐厅在2楼:The restaurant is on the second floor

电梯在你的左边:The lift is on your left

Thanks to our sponsor Keats Chinese School, which was founded in 2004, is one of the top Mandarin Chinese language schools in China, offering both one-on-one immersion Mandarin courses and small group Chinese classes. Located in Kunming, Keats develops personalised exercises and materials for students to meet their learning goals and requirements and can arrange a student visa for its 16 week course.


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Narrated by Song Liu

Our Podcast narrator, is a native Chinese speaker and is originally from Beijing, China and is keen to help you get ahead with learning. She graduated from San Francisco State University with a Master of Arts in Communication Studies. Song also hosted a Mandarin live call-in news and music radio show in the Bay Area.

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