Hungry? But you have nothing at home which appeals… why not call and order a takeaway? First find the number, call and find out what’s available, then make your order… can you do all this in Mandarin?

In this Podcast, you will learn:

(i) To order a takeaway meal over the phone

(ii) How to choose a dish you want, then take an alternative if it’s not available


Two hungry people decide to order a takeaway:


(diàn huà shàng)

(over the phone)

  1. Female
  2. Male


Wéi nín hǎo, Sì Chuān Rén Jiā.

Hello, Si Chuan Ren jia.


Wéi nín hǎo, wǒ xiǎng jiào wài mài.

Hello, I want to order takeaway.


Hǎo nín shuō.

Okay, go ahead please.


Yī gè shuǐ zhǔ yú, yī gè suān là tǔ dòu sī, yī wǎn mǐ fàn.

One boiled fish, one spicy sour shredded potato and one bowl of rice.


Bào qiàn, shuǐ zhǔ yú jīn tiān mài wán le.

Sorry, the boiled fish is sold out already.


Ò, nà jiù yào yī gè yú xiāng ròu sī ba.

Oh, then I want a fish flavoured shredded pork, please.


Hǎo de. Guò sān shí fēn zhōng nín kě yǐ lái qǔ.

Okay, you can pick your order up in thirty minutes.


Hǎo xiè xie. Zài jiàn.

Okay, thank you. Bye.


Zài jiàn.

Bye bye.

Chinese words and phrases mentioned in this Podcast:

四川:Si Chuan

外卖:take away

水煮鱼:boiled fish (i.e. fish slices in spicy oil, a famous Si Chuan dish)

酸辣土豆丝:spicy sour shredded potato


鱼香肉丝:fish flavoured shredded pork

卖完:sold out

取:pick up

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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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