"I won't be able to watch any Olympic events - I'll be too busy working. I'll have to listen on the radio," says taxi driver Mu Zhibin.
Mr Mu, like other Beijing taxi drivers, is currently studying English so he will be able to better understand visitors at next year's games.
Taxi firms provide each driver with one free English lesson a fortnight, and give them a free textbook.
"The book is really thick," says the 33-year-old, who works 12 hours a day, seven days a week.