Sometimes it can be quite confusing when you are learning a new language. Sometimes people talk too quickly—or they think you know more vocabulary than you really do. So, how to let them you don’t understand or, better still, get them to repeat what they just said?

In this Podcast you will learn:

1. How to say when you don’t understand other parties in Chinese

2. How to ask people to repeat what they said

Chinese words and phrases mentioned in the Podcast:

1. 我不明白:I don’t understand

2. 我不知道:I don’t know

3. (请)再说一遍:Pardon, say it again, please

4. 什么:What?

5. 你说什么:What did you say?

6. 我不明白你说什么:I don’t understand what you said

Mandarin Chinese learning resources we recommend:

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Keats Chinese SchoolKeats 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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