If you’ve already mastered Pinyin (the Chinese Phonetic system), you can now brush up your Mandarin conversational skills. In this class, you will build up your vocabulary and learn common expressions for daily living. You will learn the 12 animal signs in the Chinese calendar. Ms. Gong will teach you numerous synonyms and antonyms. Also, cross-culture training will help you to understand Chinese traditions, taboos, preferences and festivals. You will be taught how to handle various special situations, for example market bargaining and asking for directions. Learn more practical travel phrases and some Chinese characters to help make your visit to China more pleasurable. $19.05 drop in, space permitting. No class May 21.