Following the actions and trials and tribulations of celebrities and film stars is very popular in China, especially in recent years when social media can report such matters instantly. Some people believe it’s all just wasteful gossip but others take it quite seriously. Be sure you can understand what’s going on in the event you hear people talking about some celebrity gossip!

In this Podcast, you will learn:

(i) How to talk about events relating to celebrities on social media

(ii) To make a comment or two about current hot topics


Two friends are talking about some latest gossip:


(zài kā fēi tīng)

(at the café)


Āi, wǒ zhè jǐ tiān yī zhí dōu zài guān zhù Wáng Bǎo qiáng de lí hūn dà zhàn.

Hey, I have been following Wang Baoqiang’s divorce battle these last few days.


Nǐ kě zhēn gòu bā guà de!

You are so nosy!


Āi ya, yú lè quān er de shì er bù jiù shì gěi zán lǎo bǎi xìng yú lè de me! Zhēn bù zhī dào dào dǐ shì tā lǎo pó chū guǐ le, hái shì tā chū guǐ le!

The entertainment news is just for entertaining us ordinary people. After all, I’m really not sure if it was his wife who cheated or him.


Yǒu kě néng liǎ rén dōu chū guǐ le! Míng xīng de shì er, shuí zhī dao zhēn de jiǎ de!

It’s possible that they both cheated. Who knows if the celebrity gossip is real or not?

Chinese words and phrases mentioned in this Podcast:

关注:follow (e.g. follow some news or follow someone on social media)


大战:big battle



娱乐圈:the entertainment circle


老百姓:civilian/ordinary people




Cultural/Grammar note:

‘王宝强’ is regularly in the news recently, because he is divorcing his wife. It’s the number one topic on lots of social media in China, and even some western news stations have reported on this matter. ‘王宝强’ grew up in a poor family, but he is very hardworking. He has portrayed many roles that are innocent, kind-hearted, but hardworking. Not long ago, he posted a message on Weibo saying that he would divorce his wife who had been cheating with his agent—but his wife claimed that he was the one who cheated first. The topic got heated very quickly with lots of people online taking different sides.

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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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