A selection of clips from Programme 2 of Real Chinese.
Beijing's old houses were once only one-storey buildings, but most have now been torn down and replaced by high-rise apartment blocks. Two families, who still live in the older style dwellings, tell us why they prefer these simple and often basic homes. This clip covers talking about the family, including the vocabulary for mum, dad, grandma, daughter, son and grandson and introducing members of the family.
The traditional family has almost disappeared in cities since the introduction of population control in the late 1970s. Not only are single children greatly indulged, but emphasis on the individual is also affecting relationships as more and more youngsters opt to stay single, or live together rather than get married. This clip covers the customs involved in introducing wives and husbands, talking about sons and daughters, as well as the formal words for mother and father.
China's economic reforms of the late 1970s have transformed life in rural areas. Women, who traditionally played a subservient role, are now coming into their own. Moreover, with standards of living on the rise, rural folk are putting a few Western touches to their weddings. This clip includes talking about children, the bride and groom and the relatives of the bride and groom.
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