Most people like to talk about their interests outside of work—whether it be a sporting event or something else they have been doing, such as studying or maybe taking art classes. It’ll be useful to be involved in such discussions to get closer to your friends, or maybe make some new ones.

In this Podcast, you will learn:

(i) To talk about an event of interest to you

(ii) How to interact with colleagues who are talking about something not to do with work Dialogue: Dialogue: Two colleagues are discussing an NBA play-off match:

A: 小刚,你昨天看NBA季后赛了么?Xiǎo gāng, nǐ zuótiān kàn NBA jì hòu sàile me?

Gang: did you watch the NBA play-off yesterday?

B: 唉,昨天我加班来着,没看成。昨天是哪两个队?Āi, zuótiān wǒ jiābān láizhe, méi kàn chéng. Zuótiān shì nǎ liǎng gè duì?

Sigh, yesterday I needed to work overtime and could not watch. Which teams were playing?

A: 勇士和火箭。勇士赢了20多分儿。Yǒngshì hé huǒjiàn. Yǒngshì yíngle 20 duōfēn er.

Golden State Warriors and Houston Rockets. Warriors won by 20 points.

B: 是吗!Shì ma!

I see.

A: 嗯!但是后来库里受伤了,不过他们还是赢得很轻松。En, Dànshì hòulái kù lǐ shòushāngle, bùguò tāmen háishì yíngdé hěn qīngsōng.

Although Stephen Curry was injured later in the match, they still won quite easily.

Chinese words and phrases mentioned in this Podcast:

你:you

昨天:yesterday

季后赛:play-off match

加班:work over-time

两个队:two teams

赢了:won

受伤了:injured

他们:they

赢:win

轻松:easily

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 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.

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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