So you want to find how to get somewhere, maybe a restaurant or the cinema or a shopping centre.. but you are not sure how. You have the telephone number of the place, so why not give them a call? But do you understand what they are telling you?

In this Podcast, you will learn:

(1) How to ask for instructions about how to find a place

(2) To repeat the directions you are given, just to be sure

Dialogue: A caller needs directions to a restaurant:

服务员:您好!四川人家。Nín hǎo! Sìchuān rénjiā.

Hello, this is Family of Si Chuan (restaurant’s name)

顾客:您好!我想问一下去您餐馆该怎么走。Nín hǎo! Wǒ xiǎng wèn yīxià qù nín cānguǎn gāi zěnme zǒu.

Hello, I want to know how to get to your restaurant.

服:哦没问题。您现在在哪里?Ó méi wèntí. Nín xiànzài zài nǎlǐ?

Okay, no problem, I can tell you. Where are you now?

顾:我现在在西单地铁站B口这里。Wǒ xiànzài zài xīdān dìtiě zhàn B kǒu zhèlǐ.

I am at Xidan Subway station, exit B.

服:哦,那您得先过马路,然后沿着西单大街往北走。Ó, nà nín dé xiānguò mǎlù, ránhòu yánzhe xīdān dàjiē wǎng běi zǒu.

Oh, first you have to cross the road, then walk north along Xidan Street.

顾:哦,过马路,然后往北走。Ó,guò mǎlù, ránhòu wǎng běi zǒu.

Okay, cross the road, then walk north.

服:对,我们餐馆就在西单大厦的二层。Duì, wǒmen cānguǎn jiù zài xīdān dàshà de èr céng.

Correct! Our restaurant is on the second floor of Xidan Building.

顾:好嘞,我知道了。谢谢您啊!Hǎole, wǒ zhīdàole. Xièxiè nín a!

All right, got it. Thank you.

服:不客气!Bù kèqì!

You are welcome!

Chinese words and phrases mentioned in this Podcast:

没问题:no problem
地铁站:underground station

大厦: building
二层:second floor
我知道了:I know
谢谢您: thank you


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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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