When traveling on business or pleasure, if you’re staying overnight somewhere, it’s likely you’ll stay in a hotel or inn. Be sure you know how to give your name and can confirm your booking details to the receptionist.

In this Podcast, you will learn:

(1) How to give your name when booking into a hotel

(2) To confirm your booking details

Dialogue: At the hotel front desk, Li Hong is checking-in to a hotel and the front desk receptionist is confirming the actual booking name.

A-您好,我叫李红。我预订了一个单人间。Hello, my name is Li Hong. I’d like to book a single room.

B- 好,请稍等。呃……请问一下,红是哪个红?Certainly, please wait for a moment to check. Hmm.., which character is it for Hong?

A-是红色的红。It’s the Hong for red.

B-哦,好,请稍等。Okay, please wait for a moment.

Chinese words and phrases mentioned in this Podcast:

您好:Hello in a polite way. This is usually used by customer services’ people to show respect

我叫:My name is

预定:reserve, book

单人间:single room

请问一下:May I ask



请稍等:Wait for a moment

Grammar note: in Chinese, it’s best to use this expression to confirm the actual character as there are lots of characters which have the same pronunciation.

(Chinese character) 是哪个 (Chinese Character)

Eg .



To answer and confirm the character, people will make up a well-known word and phrase with that character in it:

Eg. 红色的红: Hong is for red

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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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