Everybody loves a holiday—whether it be just a few days over the weekend or several special days at Chinese New Year. Be sure you know how to ask about others’ plan and tell them about yours!

In this Podcast, you will learn:

(1) How to talk about your future plans in Chinese

(2) How to respond yes and no when asked about future plans

Chinese words and phrase mentioned in this Podcast:

(1) 将:will, share

(2) 会:can, will

(3) 要:will, going to

Grammar notes: 将,会,要 are important words to form a sentence for the future tense in Chinese. In this Podcast, we focus on the word要which you will hear a lot in Chinese conversation.

你周末要干什么:What are you going to do this weekend?

Note: this is a casual expression and is used mostly between friends and peers

(4) 我周末要去逛街:I will go shopping this weekend

(5) 你明天要干什么:What are you going to do tomorrow?

干嘛:is more casual and verbal expression/colloquial for 干什么。

Grammar notes: (1) 我(时间)要(事件)is an expression to say what you are going to do in the future

Eg. 我(周末)要(去逛街):I will (go shopping) (this weekend)

我(春节)要(去旅游):I will (go travelling) (during the Spring Festival)

(2) In daily conversation, native Chinese speakers may drop the word “要“ in the sentence. Also, they may use the word “干嘛” to replace “ 干什么”?

Eg. 你春节干什么:What are you going to do during the Spring Festival?

你春节干嘛:What are you going to do during the Spring Festival?

(6) 我要去旅游:I will go travelling

(7) 我要回去看爸妈:I will go back home to visit my parents

(8)你周末去看爸妈吗?Are you going to visit your parents this weekend?

(9) 对,我要去。Yes, I will go

(10) 不,我不去。No, I will not go

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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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