Nothing anyone does should ever really surprise us! Yet, there are times when some news surprises us greatly—or even shocks us. Do you know how to react to comment on this type of news? Or even to be the one who tells the news in the first place?

In this Podcast, you will learn:

(i) To show surprise when hearing some interesting news

(ii) How to comment when someone tells you something surprising

Dialogue:

Two colleagues are discussing some revealing news:

(在咖啡厅)

(zài kā fēi tīng)

(at the café)

A:听说王琳和刘伟要结婚了!

Tīng shuō Wáng Lín hé Liú Wěi yào jiē hūn le!

I heard that Wang Lin and Liu Wei are getting married.

B:不会吧?王琳不是2个月前才离婚么?

Bù huì ba? Wáng Lín bù shì liǎng gè yuè qián cái lí hūn me?

Can’t be! Didn’t Wang Lin just get divorced two months ago?

C:我听说其实她俩早就好上了。

Wǒ tīng shuō qí shí tā liǎ zǎo jiù hǎo shàng le.

I heard that, in fact, the two of them have been together for a long time.

B:真的假的?你是说王琳出轨了?

Zhēn de jiǎ de? Nǐ shì shuō Wáng Lín chū guǐ le?

Is that true or not? Are you saying that Wang Lin cheated?

A:我的天啊!你这内幕也太令人震惊了吧。

Wǒ de tiān a! nǐ zhè nè mù yě tài lìng rén zhèn jīng le ba.

Oh my God! Your story is really shocking!

Chinese words and phrases mentioned in this Podcast:

天啊:God!

真的:Really?

什么:What?

听说:heard

结婚:get married

不会吧:can’t be

不是……么:Didn’t …?

离婚:divorce

其实:in fact

早就:a long time ago

好上了:someone and someone are together in a romantic relationship

真的假的:real or not

你是说:are you saying that

出轨:cheat/having an affair

我的天啊:oh my God!

内幕:inside story

令人震惊:make people feel shocked

 

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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.