Don’t want to eat in? What about having a delicious take-away or maybe having some tea and food in a traditional Chinese restaurant? First you’ll need to know how to order what you want, of course, so get ready to learn how!

In this Podcast you will learn:

1) How to express if you are hungry or full and also order food in Chinese

2) Different ways to order quantities of food

Chinese words and phrases mentioned in this Podcast:

外卖:Take-away food


好饿:Very hungry

我好饿:I am very hungry

Grammar note: In this case, the Chinese word “好” does not mean “good”, it means “very”. It’s similar to the other Chinese word “很”.

Eg. 我好累。I am very tired

她好美。She is very beautiful.

叫外卖:Order take-way food

我们叫外卖吧:Let’s order take-away food

一碗米饭:A bowl of rice

一碗汤:A bowl of soup

两盘菜:Two dishes of vegetables

一杯茶:A cup of tea

一壶茶:A pot of tea

Cultural notes:

1) In Chinese restaurants, it’s common to serve hot tea. If you just want water it’s fine to ask for it. Unlike many western countries, Chinese restaurants serve hot water or hot tea. If you want ice in your tea, you’ll have to speak with the staff as they may not be prepared for such a request

2) Fortune cookies: whilst popular in Chinese restaurants in the USA and some western countries, restaurant in China will not serve them; in fact, most Chinese have not even heard of fortune cookies unless they have been abroad or are familiar with western culture.

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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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