How many times you do something can show how much you like or dislike things. It helps people get to know you better—and, of course, helps you to get to know them too.

In this Podcast, you will learn:

(1) How to tell others how frequently you do something

(2) How to ask other how often or rarely they do things

Chinese words and phrases in this Podcast:

To ask someone how often they do something, you can ask 你经常( )?

Eg. 你经常看电影吗?Do you often watch films?

There are different ways to answer this question, but it depends how often you do something:


老:Always(casual way)

我经常:I usually…

Eg. 我经常看电影:I often watch films

我老看电影:I often watch films (casual way)

有时候:Sometimes 我有时候:I sometimes…

Eg. 我有时候听歌:I sometimes listening to music

我有时候看电影:I watch movie sometimes


我偶尔:I occasionally…

我偶尔跑步:I occasionally go running

我偶尔画画:I occasionally draw pictures


我很少: I rarely…

我很少画画:I rarely draw pictures

我很少回去看爸妈:I rarely go back to visit my parents


我从不:I never…

我从不跑步:I never go running

我从不看电影:I never watch films


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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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