The seasons are ever changing and bring with them a different outlook on life. Learn how to talk to others about which is your favourite season—and explain why!

In this Podcast, you will learn:

(1) How to say the four seasons in Chinese in different ways

(2) Understand the weather difference in different parts of China

Chinese words and phrase mentioned in this Podcast:

(1) 季节:Season

(2) 春天:Spring

(3) 夏天:Summer

(4) 秋天:Autumn, Fall

(5) 冬天:Winter

Grammar notes: when referring to the past or for more formal use, people say 春 (Spring), 夏 (Summer), 秋 (Autumn), 冬 (Winter). These words are usually used in poems and Chengyu (a type of traditional Chinese idiomatic expressions); people don’t usually speak like this in daily communications nowadays. Alternatively, you can also say: 春季(Spring), 夏季(Summer), 秋季(Autumn), 冬季(Winter).

(6)喜欢:Like

(7)不喜欢:Don ‘t like

(8)你最喜欢什么季节?: Which is your favourite season?

(9)我最喜欢(秋天):My favourite season is (Autumn)

(10)我最喜欢北京的秋天:My favourite season in Beijing is Autumn

(11)我不喜欢北京的夏天:I don’t like the summer in Beijing

(12)我不喜欢北京的冬天:I don’t like the winter in Beijing

Cultural notes:

(1) In general, the northern part of China is colder than the south. Eg. 东三省(黑龙江省,吉林省,辽宁省)The three north eastern provinces (Heilongjiang, Jilin,l Liaoning province) are currently, in February, around -12 degrees, which is rather cold. However, in the south in Hainan province, it is now around 27s—quite a huge difference from the north

(2) Kunming:is also called “Spring city”,and is located in Yunnan province in the south west of China. It’s often described by Chinese as follows: “四季如春“-(All four seasons are spring)as it has very comfortable temperature throughout the year of between 15-25 degrees. It’s also a popular and beautiful city for travelling.

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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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