Eating out is one of the joys of being in China and most people love to eat out regularly. It can become a big family occasion or one where friends get together to eat and chat, so make sure you know what’s going on around you!

In this Podcast you will learn:

1) How to suggest a restaurant to eat at

2) How to express what do you like or don’t like to eat

Chinese words and phrases mentioned in this Podcast:

出去吃:Eating out

我们出去吃吧:Let’s eat out

你想去哪儿吃/你想去哪里吃?Where do you want to eat?


Note: 菜can mean vegetable or also a general expression for a dish or cuisine

Eg. 你想吃北京菜吗?Would you like to eat Beijing food?

Grammar notes:

1) 你想吃()?Would you like to eat ( ) 你想吃北京菜吗?Would you like to eat Beijing food? 你想吃上海菜吗?Would you like to eat Shanghai food?

2) To say a certain kind of food, you can use the expression “place” + ”food”. Eg. 上海菜,Shanghai food 广东菜,Cantonese food 韩国菜,Korean food

我想吃:I want to eat

我不想吃( ):I don’t want to eat( )


很好吃: Very delicious

日本菜很好吃:Japanese food is very delicious


日本菜挺贵的:Japanese food is quite expensive


中国菜很便宜:Chinese food is very cheap

中国菜挺便宜的:Chinese food is quite cheap

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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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