We are all good at many things; sometimes we are better at things we really like. On the other hand, there are things we are not so keen on. It’s interesting to tell others what you like—and find out some of their interests too.

In this Podcast, you will learn:

(1) How to ask what others like to do and what they are good at

(2) How to qualify your ability: good, bad or not so good

Chinese words and phrases mentioned in this Podcast:

你唱歌好吗?Are you good at singing?

Grammar note: to ask someone if they are good at something, you can use this phrase:

你( )好吗?

Eg. 你唱歌好吗?Are you good at singing?

你画画好吗?Are you good at drawing?

To answer: To tell someone you are excellent at something, you can say

我( )特别好。

Eg. 我唱歌特别好。I am excellent at singing

我画画挺好的。I am excellent at drawing

我瑜伽很好。I am excellent at doing yoga To tell someone you are good at something, you can say

我( )挺好的。

Eg. 我唱歌挺好的。I am good at singing

我画画挺好的。I am good at drawing

To tell someone you are just okay at something, you can say

我( ) 一般。

Eg. 我画画一般。I am just okay at drawing

我唱歌一般。I am just okay at singing

To tell someone you are not good at something, you can say

我()不好。

Eg. 我画画不好。I am not good at drawing

我唱歌不好:I am not good at singing

To tell someone you are really bad at something, you can say

我()很不好。

Eg. 我画画很不好。I am really bad at drawing

我唱歌很不好。I am really bad at singing

Thanks to our sponsor

Keats LogoKeats 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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