Just what do you say when you meet new people? For sure, they’ll be curious about you, what you do, where you come from. What are you going to tell them, how can you explain about yourself?

In this Podcast, you will learn:

(1) How to let new acquaintances know your name and where you are from

(2) To let new friends know something about yourself

Dialogue: Let’s use these examples to get to know the basics about different people:

A- 我叫刘华,是北京大学的教授。我是四川人。Wǒ jiào liúhuān, shì běijīng dàxué de jiàoshòu. Wǒ shì sìchuān rén.

My name is Liu Hua, a Professor at Peking University. I am originally from Sichuan.

B-我是一名大学生,来自北京。我平时喜欢弹吉他。Wǒ shì yī míng dàxuéshēng, láizì běijīng. Wǒ píngshí xǐhuān tán jítā.

I am a university student. I am from Beijing. I like playing the guitar. 

C-我是上海人,现在在丽江古城经营一家咖啡厅和一家酒吧。Wǒ shì shànghǎi rén, xiànzài zài lìjiāng gǔchéng jīngyíng yījiā kāfēi tīng hé yījiā jiǔbā.I am Shanghainese.

I am now running a cafe and bar in Li Jiang.

 D-我现在是全职妈妈,我有一个儿子和一个女儿。Wǒ xiànzài shì quánzhí māmā, wǒ yǒu yīgè er zi hé yīgè nǚ’ér

Now I am a full time house mother. I have a son and a daughter.

Chinese words and phrases mentioned in this Podcast:

北京大学:Peking University

四川: Sichuan Province

四川人:people from Sichuan

大学生:university student


弹吉他:play the guitar


咖啡厅:Coffee shop, cafe


全职妈妈: fulltime mother


儿子: son


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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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