Getting around

Australia, 1989

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Episode of Series “Dragons tongue. - Series 2.”.
In this Chinese language program, Professor Colin Mackerras explores the Public Transport system in Beijing. This is heavily used as cars are a rarity. Buses are in great demand and overcrowded. Trains are more modern and luxurious by comparison, while bicycles are by far the most common form of transport. This episode illustrates the vocabulary and protocols required to use the Public Transport system effectively. Presents a sequence looking at the history of the Chinese Language and the confusion which can arise when words sound the same but have different meaning.



Robin James

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Asian Studies Council

Griffith University

ABC-TV (Australia)







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Advertising, Film, Journalism, Mass Media & TV → Foreign language films

Anthropology, Ethnology, Exploration & Travel → China - Social life and customs

Anthropology, Ethnology, Exploration & Travel → Travel


Documentary → Documentary films - Australia

Economics, Philosophy, Politics, Religion & Sociology → China - Social conditions

Education, Instruction, Teaching & Schools → Chinese characters

Education, Instruction, Teaching & Schools → Chinese language

Education, Instruction, Teaching & Schools → Chinese language - Writing

Education, Instruction, Teaching & Schools → Open learning

Educational & Instructional

Educational & Instructional → Instructional

Foreign language films




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