No matter whether you are shopping in the market, or trying to buy a train or bus ticket, or even looking for a surprise purchase for your girlfriend or boyfriend, it’s vital to know how to find out the price of something. And, of course, you need to know something about Chinese money.

In this Podcast you will learn:

1. To ask about the price of something

2. The basics about the denominations of the Chinese currency Chinese words and phrases mentioned in the Podcast:


钱: Money 元:Chinese dollar or Renminbi or the less formal way to say it: 块

角:0.1 Yuan; the casual way to say it is:

毛 分:0.01 Yuan



Note: in daily conversation, instead of saying, for example: 5元5角 (5.5 RMB), people more often say 5块5毛. The Fen (0.01 Yuan) is rarely used in China nowadays owing to its small value


这个多少钱? How much is this?

1. Note: you can replace “this” with “that”-那个 in Chinese, or informally you can just say “多少钱” to mean “How much?”

2. In China, if you buy something on the street, the asking price is not usually fixed. So, bargaining is common. If it’s your first time to China, we suggest to pay careful attention to prices, otherwise you may end up paying over the odds for things.

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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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