Getting to know new people or re-connecting with old friends and talking about their plans is always enjoyable. Find what they have been doing or plan to do in the future.

In this Podcast, you will learn:

(1) How to ask other people how they have been

(2) How to tell others about your future plans


If you have just met one of your invited guests at your gathering, how do you start a conversation with them?

A- 啊呀,你能来我真高兴! I am so happy you can come.

B- 我也很开心。谢谢你邀请我。 I am also very happy. Thank you for inviting me!

A- 你春节过得怎么样? How was your Spring Festival?

B- 挺好的。我回老家了,每天没事儿就吃吃喝喝。呵呵。你最近怎么样? Pretty good! I went back to my hometown. Mainly eating and drinking every day. Ha-ha. How have you been?

A- 我也挺好的。我和我老婆月底准备去日本旅游。 I am fine. My wife and I are going to Japan at the end of this month.

B- 是嘛!真不错! Really? That’s great.

Chinese words and phrases mentioned in this Podcast:

啊呀(哎呀)expresses surprise or other kinds of emotional response


能来:can come


真高兴:so happy

也:also, too

很开心:very happy

谢谢你:thank you


春节:Spring Festival

过得怎么样:How are things going?

挺好的:pretty good

回:go back



吃吃喝喝:eating and drinking

你最近怎么样:How have you been?

我也挺好的:I am fine



准备:going to…


这个月底:at the end of this month

日本旅游:travel to Japan

是嘛:really, well

真不错:That’s great

Thanks to our sponsor

Keats LogoKeats Chinese School, which was founded in 2004, is one of the top Mandarin Chinese language schools in China, offering both one-on-one immersion Mandarin courses and small group Chinese classes. Located in Kunming, Keats develops personalised exercises and materials for students to meet their learning goals and requirements and can arrange a student visa for its 16 week course.

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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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