Either you’ll find some things to greatly impress you or you’ll get into the habit with friends or colleagues of remarking how good some event, happening or other thing is. You’ll need to join in the conversation so listen and learn…

In this Podcast, you will learn:

(1) How to use different native listener responses in Chinese

(2) To under0stand how to use different filler words in Chinese conversation

Chinese words and phrases mentioned in this podcast:

(1) 棒, 牛,赞: great, excellent, wonderful Grammar notes: These three words all mean something is great, excellent or wonderful and are usually used in casual conversation. Native speakers generally use expressions with these words in the following ways: 真棒!真牛!真赞! 好棒! 好牛! 好赞!

(2) 真的吗?Really?

(3) 我的天啊:Oh my god

(4) 让我想想:Let me think

(5) 那个。。。:Well….

Grammar Note: 那个literally means “that” in Chinese. However, it’s also a common filler word in conversation. Sometimes, Chinese people will use it when they find themselves at a loss for words or simply need time to gather their thoughts. It is pronounced nei4 ge5

Eg. 那个 …… 我 明天 不 来 了。 Ummm… I will not be coming tomorrow.

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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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