Of course, everyone is different, both in terms of their physical appearance and characteristics. Make sure that, if you are asked, you know how to describe someone both physically and the way they behave or act.

In this Podcast, you will learn:

(1) How to find out something about another person’s characteristics

(2) To answer with your own description if asked

Dialogue: Two work colleagues are chatting about someone else in their office:

A- 王强,我能问你一个问题么?Wángqiáng, wǒ néng wèn nǐ yīgè wèntí me?

Wang Qiang, can I ask you a question?

B- 问吧。Wèn ba.

Go ahead.

A- 李华是你上司么?

Is Li Hua your boss?

B- 对啊。Duì a.

Yes.

A- 她人怎么样?Tā rén zěnme yàng?

How’s is she (to work with)?

B- 呃……她啊,特聪明,但是是个工作狂。

Er….. she is very smart, but is a workaholic.

A- 我总觉得她平时特别严肃。她人凶么?Wǒ zǒng juédé tā píngshí tèbié yánsù. Tā rén xiōng ma?

I always feel she is quite serious. Is she fierce?

B- 她啊……还行,不太凶。Tā a……hái xíng, bù tài xiōng.

She is…. all right, not very fierce.

Chinese words and phrases mentioned in this Podcast

问:ask

一个:one

问题: question

上司:boss

怎么样:how

特:very

觉得: feel

严肃:serious

凶: fierce

还行:all right, okay

 

Yes! I’d like to learn Mandarin Chinese more effectively

Narrated by Song Liu

Our Podcast narrator, is a native Chinese speaker and is originally from Beijing, China and is keen to help you get ahead with learning. She graduated from San Francisco State University with a Master of Arts in Communication Studies. Song also hosted a Mandarin live call-in news and music radio show in the Bay Area.

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Drew Galbraith
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È……tā a, tè cōngmíng, dànshì shìgè gōngzuò kuáng

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