Multimedia Role Play for Chinese

On the train B | 在 列 车 上 B


A is a British student is travelling to Nanjing.

B is a Chinese train attendant.

C is a Chinese passenger in the same compartment; and a station manager on the phone.

(Carriage 2, which is for soft berth passengers, is on platform 6. The train attendant is standing by the carriage door to let the passengers on.)

Tasks for B, a train attendant

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. Tell A that the buffet car is two carriages down, and that the opening times are 5.30-7.30 p.m. and 7.00-8.30 am. The train will reach Nanjing by 9.00 am.
  2. Tell A that the buffet car serves European and Chinese breakfasts, but Chinese suppers.
  3. Calm A down politely.
  4. Tell A that you will telephone the station.
  5. Make a phone call to C, the station manager, to tell him/her about the             situation and to ask for his/her advice.
  6. Relay C’s suggestion to A.
  7. Try to be helpful to A and make sure that A has got what he/she needs.