Not everything you see or look at is alike. Some things are better than others or have some disadvantages. So how do you begin to explain the differences, or understand if someone else is telling you?

In this Podcast, you will learn:

(i) How to compare the advantages and disadvantages of certain things

(ii) To explain why something is better or worse than other things


A: 老公,你能比较一下这两套房的优缺点么?我挑房挑的头都大了!Lǎogōng, nǐ néng bǐjiào yīxià zhè liǎng tàofáng de yōu quēdiǎn me? Wǒ tiāo fáng tiāo de tóu dū dàle!

Husband, can you please compare the advantages and advantages between these two apartments? I have trouble comparing them.

B: 没问题,我来!第一套房的优点是位置好。但缺点是,价位太高,面积太小。第二套房的优点就有很多啦,面积大,采光好,价位适中。唯一不足的是位置有点偏,但其实坐地铁也很方便。所以,这两套房比较起来,就选第二套房吧!

Méi wèntí, wǒ lái! Dì yī tàofáng de yōudiǎn shì wèizhì hǎo. Dàn quēdiǎn shì, jiàwèi tài gāo, miànjī tài xiǎo. Dì èr tàofáng de yōudiǎn jiù yǒu hěnduō la, miànjī dà, cǎiguāng hǎo, jiàwèi shìzhòng. Wéiyī bùzú de shì wèizhì yǒudiǎn piān, dàn qíshí zuò dìtiě yě hěn fāngbiàn. Suǒyǐ, zhè liǎng tàofáng bǐjiào qǐlái, jiù xuǎn dì èr tàofáng ba!

No problem. Let me do it. The first apartment’s advantage is its good location, but the disadvantages are that it’s too expensive and too small. The second apartment has lots of advantages: it’s big, the natural light is good, and the price is reasonable. However, the disadvantage is that the location is a bit remote, but taking the underground is quite convenient. So, comparing these two apartments, the second apartment is a keeper.

Chinese words and phrases mentioned in this Podcast:


优缺点:advantages and disadvantages

挑房:choose the apartment and/or house

头都大了:Chinese idiom: means having a headache about something (or finding something challenging) 没问题:no problem


太高:too high


太小:too small



采光好:good natural light

适中:good, acceptable

唯一:only one

不足:not enough, not so good

有点:a little bit

偏(远):remote, faraway



坐地铁:take the underground



Mandarin Chinese learning resources we recommend:

italkiUsing Italki, a unique system of learning where you interact with real teachers from around the word, is widely recognised as an effective way to learn a new language! You’ll make more progress and learn how native 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!


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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