Multimedia Role Play for Chinese

Conversation on the phone B | 打 电 话 B


A is a British student in Beijing who looking for a Chinese family to stay

B is Mr or Mrs Huang who wants to let one of his or her rooms

Tasks for B, Mr or Mrs Huang

Make the conversation as realistic as possible by greeting each other at the beginning and by using small talk. Try to anticipate the flow of the conversation by looking at the following prompts.

  1. Confirm that you have a room to let. Tell A that he or she must eat with the family, and he or she cannot cook meals in the kitchen.
  2. Tell A that he or she must eat at the same time as the family. Tell A that as you have a child of 8, you usually have supper at 6 p.m.
  3. Tell A that he or she will have a key (钥匙 yàoshi N) to the front door, but he or she must be back by 11 o'clock every evening, because you'll bolt the door (插门 chāmén V-O) at 11.
  4. Tell A that you don't mind him or her inviting friends round, but they can't stay the night (过夜 guòyè V-O).
  5. Tell A that you don't like people smoking in your house.
  6. 500 Yuan a month, including (包括 bāokuò V) lunch and supper.
  7. You would like to see A before he or she moves in. Suggest that A sees the room at 9 a.m. the next day.
  8. Tell A your address is Flat 208, 134 Xueyuan Road. If A cannot find the place, he or she can phone you again.