Many people love to listen to music or even play musical instruments. If you are gifted enough to be able to play, you might well meet others like you. So, you need to know how to talk about your and their abilities.

In this Podcast, you will learn:

(1) How to tell people what musical instruments you play

(2) How to ask others what they can play and how well they play

Chinese words and phrases mentioned in this Podcast:

Grammar note: in Chinese, if you want to say you play a certain instrument, you need to use a different verb to match certain types of instruments.

Let’s look at these below one by one:




For the instruments above, you can use the verb “弹”to match with the instrument:


Eg. 弹吉他:play a guitar

弹钢琴:play the piano

弹乌克丽丽:play the ukulele

你喜欢弹钢琴吗?Do you like playing the piano?

鼓:Drum For drum, use the verb“打”。

打鼓:playing drums

他打鼓励很好:He plays the drums very well



For the Saxophone and Trumpet, use the verb “吹”。

吹小号:play the trumpet

萨克斯风:play the saxophone




For the instruments above, use the verb “拉”.

拉小提琴:play a violin

拉中提琴:play a viola

拉大提琴:play a cello

To ask someone if they can play some instruments, you can ask:

你会( )吗?

Eg. 你会弹吉他吗?Do you know how to play a guitar?

你会打鼓吗?Do you know how to play the drums?

你会拉小提琴吗?Do you know how to play a violin?

你会吹小号吗?Do you know how to play a trumpet?

To answer that you know how to play certain instruments:

我会:I can

Eg. 我会弹钢琴:I can play piano

我不会:I cannot

Eg. 我不会弹钢琴:I can not play piano

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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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