Just moved to 北京 and this morning I had the wonderful experience of having someone come look at my gas because there was a problem with it. I don’t think I’ve seen any lessons on dealing with repairmen/engineers, or even (related) filling up gas cards/dealing with gas cards (for cooking/hot water heaters - not fueling cars)… maybe those could be an option?
How to refill your gas card (“Aiee! We have no hot water! It stopped in the middle of my shower!” “Uh-oh, it’s because we have no more gas on the card/meter.” “You’d better get to the bank to refill it.” … “Can you show me how to do this?” “Put in this card, here. Now put in that card, there. Follow the prompts on the screen.”
How to explain a problem to a repairman (e.g. “There is no gas/electric/hot water since an hour ago/last night/this morning, this light is on, what does it mean?” and so on.)