You may often get asked about things you like or can or cannot do; they may be sports or social activities or relate to other things such as learning languages. Can you understand what you are being asked or reply correctly?

In this Podcast, you will learn:

(i) How to inform someone what you can or cannot do

(ii) To tell others about your ability level regarding a certain topic or subject

Dialogue:

我会游泳,而且游的很好。

Wǒ huì yóu yǒng, ér qǐe yóu de hěn hǎo.

I can swim and I am very good at it

我不会游泳。

Wǒ bù huì yóu yǒng.

I cannot swim

我会说一点儿中文。

Wǒ huì shuō yī diǎn er zhōng wén.

I can speak a little Chinese

我不会说中文。

Wǒ bù huì shuō zhōng wén.

I can’t speak Chinese

我会下象棋,但是下得不好。

Wǒ huì xià xiàng qí, dàn shì xià dé bù hǎo.

I can play Chinese chess, but I’m not good at it

我不会下象棋。

Wǒ bù huì xià xiàng qí.

I can’t play Chinese chess

我会写我的中文名字。

Wǒ huì xiě wǒ de zhōng wén míng zì.

I can write my Chinese name

我不会写中文,我也没有中文名字。

Wǒ bù huì xiě zhōng wén míng zì, wǒ yě méi yǒu zhōng wén míng zì.

I can’t write Chinese, and I don’t have a Chinese name either

Chinese words and phrases mentioned in this Podcast:

会:can

不会:cannot

自行车:bicycle

骑车:ride a bicycle

能:can (under some circumstances)

游泳:swim

而且:and

……做得很好:be good at

说中文:speak Chinese

普通话/国语:Mandarin

一点儿:a little

下象棋:play Chinese chess

但是:but

写:write

中文名字:Chinese name

没有:don’t have

也:either/ too

Cultural/Grammar note:

We generally use ‘Chinese’ to refer to the language Chinese people speak, although we can also use ‘Mandarin’ (普通话,国语). In daily conversation in China, as this means standard Chinese, such as Beijing Mandarin. In America and many other countries, people usually say ‘国语’, which includes Mainland Mandarin and Taiwanese Mandarin.

Mandarin Chinese learning resources we recommend:

 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 course 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.

 

italkiUsing Italki, a unique system of learning Mandarin Chinese where you interact with real teachers, is widely recognised as an effective way to learn a new language! You’ll make more progress and learn how native Chinese speakers really speak. Plus, Italki is more affordable than offline tutors, offline schools and software, and is convenient to use at your own pace and place!

Yes! I’d like to learn Mandarin Chinese more effectively

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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