China is famous for its wide variety of animal life—none more so than the giant panda which has become world renowned. Zoos and wildlife parks are popular attractions so it’s well worth learning to talk in Mandarin Chinese about visiting one and speaking about the various animals you night see there. You never know you might get to see a giant panda too and have your photograph taken near one!
In this Podcast, you will learn:
(i) How to talk about visiting a zoo to see the animals
(ii) To tell someone which type of animal you like the best
A boyfriend and girlfriend are at the zoo:
(at the zoo)
A: Wèi shén me zhè cì yuē huì nǐ yào yuē zài dòng wù yuán a?
Why did you pick the zoo for this date?
B: Nǐ bù zhī dào ba, xióng māo guǎn zhè jǐ tiān yǒu yī gè xīn shēng de xióng māo bǎo bǎo! Nǐ bù shì zuì xǐ huān xióng māo me?
You don’t know, huh? The panda house has a new-born panda baby. Don’t you really like the giant panda?
A: Wa, zhēn de me? Yī dìng hěn kě’ài, nà wǒ men xiān qù xióng māo guǎn ba.
Wow, for real? Must be adorable. Let’s go to the panda house first.
B: Méi wèn tí. Nà kàn wán xióng māo nǐ hái xiǎng qù kàn shén me dòng wù?
No problem. What animals do you want to see after the panda?
A: Wǒ xiǎng xiān kàn shī zi, lǎo hǔ, hóu zi, cháng jǐng lù hé è yú ba.
I want to see lions, tigers, monkeys, giraffes and crocodiles.
B: Hǎo de, nà wǒ kàn kàn dì tú, en, xióng māo guǎn wǎng zhè biān zǒu.
Okay, let me take a look at the map. The panda house is this way.
Chinese words and phrases mentioned in this Podcast:
熊猫馆：panda house, the house where the panda lives
馆：a hall, a house
If you like giant pandas, you must go to Sichuan province in China as it has a famous panda reserve.
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