Finding somewhere to live is a basic necessity of life, but it’s not always easy as accommodation is in high demand and rent and prices are often high in the cities. It’s even harder though when you want to have a pet. Can you explain to the building management that you want to have a cat or dog? Then understand their reply?

In this Podcast, you will learn:

(i) How to ask about the availability of apartments to rent

(ii) To talk with the rental person about the need to have a pet

Dialogue:

Someone is looking to rent an apartment:

(在公寓楼办公室)

(zài gōng yù lóu bàn gōng shì)

(at the office of the apartment building)

A:您好,租房是么?

Nín hǎo, zū fáng shì me?

Hello, are you looking to rent an apartment?

B:对,这里有一室一厅的房间么?

Duì, zhè lǐ yǒu yī shì yī tīng de fáng jiān me?

Yes, are there any one bedroom, one living room apartments?

A:有,还有5套。

Yǒu, hái yǒu wǔ tào.

There are, we still have five apartments left.

B:哦,我还想问问,这公寓楼允许养宠物么?

Òu, wǒ hái xiǎng wèn wen, zhè gōng yù yǔn xǔ yǎng chǒng wù me?

Okay, good. I’d like to ask if tenants are allowed to have pets in this apartment building.

A:可以养。

Kě yǐ yǎng.

Yes, they are allowed.

B:哦那太好了。我想租一间不临街的房间。我怕吵。

Òu, nà tài hǎo le. Wǒ xiǎng zū yī jiān bù lín jiē de fáng jiān. Wǒ pà chǎo.

Oh, that’s great. I want to rent a room that is not facing the street. I’d like it to be quiet.

A:好,没问题。我带您去看看房。

Hǎo, méi wèn tí. Wǒ dài nín qù kàn kan fáng.

Okay, no problem. I will show you some apartments.

Chinese words and phrases mentioned in this Podcast:

公寓楼:apartment building

办公室:office

租:rent

房:house

租房:renting

一室一厅:one bedroom one living room

套:a common measuring word for apartments

养宠物:have pets

养:raise/feed

允许:allow/permit

临街:street front

怕:be afraid of

吵:noisy

怕吵:I don’t like noisy places

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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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