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
Two friends are talking about a forthcoming concert:
(Zài jiē shàng)
(on the street)
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: 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: 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: Xiǎo lì qù bù qù, nǐ zhī dào me?
Is Xiao Li going or not, do you know?
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:
看演唱会：go to a concert
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
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