Sometimes your plans are not definite and you have several options to consider or decide upon. Perhaps it’s too early to be sure, so you can say: maybe, possibly, perhaps or not definitely—unless you are sure, of course, when you can say: definitely. All very useful words to discuss possibilities for your future actions when speaking Mandarin Chinese!

In this Podcast, you will learn:

(i) How to discuss your plans if they are uncertain

(ii) To talk about the possible intentions of others

Dialogue:

Two friends are talking about a forthcoming concert:

(在街上)

(Zài jiē shàng)

(on the street)

A:你知道咱们室友都谁去看王菲的演唱会么?

A: Nǐ zhī dào zán men shì yǒu dōu shuí qù kàn Wáng Fēi de yǎn chàng huì me?

Do you know which one of our room-mates will go to Faye Wong’s concert?

B:我知道王娜肯定不去,她和她男朋友有计划了。但我肯定去。你呢?

B: Wǒ zhī dào Wáng Nà kěn dìng bù qù, tā hé tā nán péng yǒu yǒu jì huà le. Dàn wǒ kěn dìng qù. Nǐ ne?

I know that Wang Na won’t go for sure. She has plans with her boyfriend. But I will definitely go. What about you?

A:我可能去吧,但我现在也说不好,也可能我会有别的事儿。

A: Wǒ kě néng qù ba, dàn wǒ xiàn zài yě shuō bu hǎo, yě kě néng wǒ huì yǒu bié de shì er.

Maybe I will go, but I can’t be sure right now. Perhaps I will have other plans, too.

B:小丽去不去,你知道么?

B: Xiǎo lì qù bù qù, nǐ zhī dào me?

Is Xiao Li going or not, do you know?

A:她平时那么爱听王菲的歌,我觉得她很有可能去。

A: Tā píng shí nà me ài tīng Wáng Fēi de gē, wǒ jué dé tā hěn yǒu kě néng qù.

She likes Faye Wong’s songs very much. I think that she will probably go.

Chinese words and phrases mentioned in this Podcast:

可能性:possibility

一定/肯定:definitely

很有可能/很可能:probably

可能:possibly/perhaps

咱们:we/us/our

室友:room-mate

有谁:which one

看演唱会:go to a concert

男朋友:boyfriend

计划:can be a verb or noun, plan

说不好:means ‘不一定’, not sure, not decided

有别的事儿:have other plans

平时:normal times, usually

那么:so much

Cultural/Grammar note:

‘王菲’ is a pop queen in China. Actually, she is extremely famous all over Asia (mainland China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Singapore and Japan). She has sung many famous songs, e.g. Wishing We Last Forever, Fleeting Time, The Last Blossom, I’m Willing, Carousel etc.

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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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