If you are looking for a partner to date, maybe even marry, just how do you get started? Friends often like to match-make other friends as they think they know what type of man or woman is best for them. It’s something many people talk about, so ensure you can join in the conversation…

In this Podcast, you will learn:

(i) To talk about the type of partner who might suit you

(ii) How to discuss dating generally with a friend or colleague


A woman wants to set up a date for her friend:

  1. Male
  2. Female


(zài kā fēi tīng)

(at the cáfe)


Méi mei, wǒ xiǎng bāng nǐ jiè shào ge duì xiàng er. Nǐ xǐ huān shén me yàng de nán shēng?

Mei Mei, I want to set you up with someone. What kind of men do you like?


Āi yòu (yǒu xiē bù hǎo yì sī). Wǒ xǐ huān chéng shí wěn zhòng de, yǒu shàng jìn xīn de. Zuì hǎo yǒu wěn dìng shōu rù de.

Ah (shyly). I like men who are honest, prudent and self-motivated. It’s best to have someone with a stable income.


Wài mào fāng miàn ne?

What about the looks?


Ēn, wǒ bù tài zài hū wài mào. Gè tóu bǐ wǒ gāo jiù xíng. Zhǎng de bù yào wāi guā liè zǎo jìu xíng!

Eh, I don’t really care about it. As long as he is taller than me and doesn’t look too ugly!

Chinese words and phrases mentioned in this Podcast:

对象:someone’s boyfriend/girlfriend


稳重:stable and prudent

上进心:self-motivated/desire to improve

帮你介绍个对象:introduce you to a boyfriend





方面:aspect/in terms of



就行:as long as


Cultural/Grammar note:

‘歪瓜劣枣’ literally means ‘cracked watermelon and broken jujube’ (or Chinese date). It is common in Chinese conversation expressing ‘ugly’ and ‘very bad looking’.

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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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