It’s a natural human tendency to compare: is it larger or smaller, or are they older or younger; richer or poorer; taller or shorter and so on. Learning how to use the right phrase or sentence structure will enable you to talk more effectively in Mandarin Chinese with your colleagues or friends when you want to compare something!

In this Podcast, you will learn:

(i) To compare one thing with another

(ii) How to say “even…. than.…” in the right context


Close friends are talking about ages:


(Zài jiē shàng)

(on the street)


A: Lì lì, nǐ zhī dào Xiǎo Huá shì nǎ nián shēng de me?

Lily, do you know which year Xiao Hua was born?


B: Tā shì bā jiǔ nián shēng de. Tā bǐ wǒ xiǎo liǎng suì.

She was born in 1989, so she is two years younger than me.


A: Nà nǐ men dōu bǐ wǒ dà. Wǒ zuì xiǎo.

You are all older than me. I am the youngest.


B: Nǐ shì nǎ nián de?

Which year were you born?


A: Wǒ shì jiǔ líng nián de. Jiǔ líng hòu.

I was born in 1990; I am from the post-90 generation.


B: Ó, nà Wáng Nà bǐ nǐ hái xiǎo. Tā shì jiǔ yī nián de.

Oh, Wang Na is even younger than you. She was born in 1991.

Chinese words and phrases mentioned in this Podcast:


A比B大:A is bigger than B

B比C小:B is smaller than C


你知道:do you know


小:small, means younger in Chinese

大:big, means older in Chinese

两岁:two years



你是哪年的:which year were you born?

比我大:older than me

最小:smallest, youngest

最大:biggest, oldest

90后:post-90 generation

Cultural/Grammar note:

When you want to compare two objects, you can use the following sentence structure:

A比B + adj.


我比你大:I am older than you.

她比你矮:She is shorter than you.

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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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