Unfortunately, most of us have to work for someone else. So, how do you discuss your job with others, and find out what the terms and conditions are like—as well as the boss!

In this Podcast, you will learn:

(1) How to talk about your job and if it’s good or bad

(2) To discuss some of the terms and conditions of your position


A:你的新工作怎么样?Nǐ de xīn gōngzuò zěnme yàng?

How’s your new job?

B:特别好!我特别喜欢!工资高不说,我老板人还特好!Tèbié hǎo! Wǒ tèbié xǐhuān! Gōngzī gāo bù shuō, wǒ lǎobǎn rén hái tè hǎo!

Quite good! I like it very much. Not only is the salary is high, but my boss is good.

A: 你原来在哪家公司来着?Nǐ yuánlái zài nǎ jiā gōngsī láizhe?

Where did you work previously?

B: 我原来在ABC 啊。Wǒ yuánlái zài ABC a.

I worked at ABC.

A: 哦,那儿怎么样啊?Ó, nà’er zěnme yàng a?

Oh, I see. How was it there?

B: 特别糟糕。工资低,老板人也挺差劲的,而且公司离我家还特别远。Tèbié zāogāo. Gōngzī dī, lǎobǎn rén yě tǐng chàjìng de, érqiě gōngsī lí wǒjiā hái tèbié yuǎn.

It was terrible. The salary was low, the boss was not very good and the company’s office is far away from my home.

A: 是么!你在那儿干了多久?Shì me! Nǐ zài nà’er gànle duōjiǔ?

Really. How long did you work there?

B: 我在那儿干了10个月。真是受够了!Wǒ zài nà’er gànle 10 gè yuè. Zhēnshi shòu gòule!

I worked there for 10 months. Long enough!

Chinese words and phrases mentioned in this Podcast:

新工作:new job


特别好:quite good

特别喜欢:like it very much

工作高不说:not to mention the salary is high。

( ) 不说:not to mention (something)


哪家公司:which company

特别糟糕:very bad

工资低:low salary


特别远:very far away

你在那里干了多久:How long did you work there?

10个月:10 months

真是受够了:Enough is enough—in other words, “sick of it”.

Facebook Many people like to talk about their job and career prospects—plus about their boss! You can join in if you watch Learn Mandarin Now Podcast 85, and find out how to converse about some of the key things about your job. Watch our Podcasts regularly and you’ll find that they will make studying Mandarin Chinese more effective!

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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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