Sometimes we can’t always solve issues or problems ourselves and we need to turn to others for some assistance. What if someone asks you for your advice about something: can you understand their request or, more importantly, give an answer containing your advice to them?

In this Podcast, you will learn:

(i) How to listen and respond when someone asks for your advice

(ii) To give some suggestions when you are being asked for help


Follow the conversation of these two friends:


(zài jiē shàng)

(on the street)


Wǒ zuì jìn zǒng gǎn jué hěn lèi.

I always feel really tired recently.


En, wǒ kàn nǐ liǎn sè yě bù tài hǎo.

I can tell that you don’t look so good.


Nǐ dào shi hóng guāng huàn fā a.

But you look great and glowing in contrast.


Hē hē shì ma? Ai, wǒ jiàn yì nǐ a, gǎn kuài jiè yān jiè jiǔ ba! Zuì hǎo bié áo yè.

Do I? I suggest you stop smoking and drinking as soon as you can. You’d better not always stay up late too.


Ai, shuō de róng yì, zuò qǐ lái nán a!

It’s easier said than done!

Chinese words and phrases mentioned in this Podcast:

总感觉:always feel


我看你:I can tell

脸色:literally means ‘face colour’, which can indicate whether you are healthy or not

倒是:in contrast

容光焕发:a Chinese idiom referring to a person full of energy and who has healthy glowing skin


赶快:hurry up

戒烟:stop smoking

戒酒:stop drinking

最好:you’d better

别熬夜:stay up

说的容易,做起来难/说起来容易,做起来难:it’s easier said than done

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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.