Tue 24 June 2008, The Independent

English small talk is big challenge for Beijing cabbies

By Clifford Coonan
Beijing's taxi drivers have a lot on their plate at the moment. As well as struggling to implement a raft of new instructions about how they should behave for foreign visitors during the Olympics and dealing with an 18 per cent increase in fuel prices, the Beijing cabbie also has to learn some pretty complicated small talk to appease foreign guests arriving for the games.
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