Everybody has to eat and drink. Sometimes when you are out you will need to choose what you want or at other times, maybe when you are on a train or plane, you will be given a limited choice. Do you know how to ask or respond to a question about what you’d like?

In this Podcast, you will learn:

(i) How to ask about the availability of items to eat or drink

(ii) To respond to a question about a choice of foods you need to make


在飞机上 (on the plane)

(zài fēi jī shàng )

A: 您好!您想喝点儿什么?

Nín hǎo! Nín xiǎng hē diǎn er shén me?

Hello! What would you like to drink?

B: 您有什么饮料?

Nín yǒu shén me yǐn liào?

What beverages do you have?

A: 我们有可乐,橘汁(橙汁),番茄汁,苹果汁。

Wǒ mén yǒu kě lè, jú zhī(Chéngzhī), qié zhī, píng guǒ zhī.

We have coke, orange juice, tomato juice and apple juice.

B: 有热饮么?

Yǒu rè yǐn me?

Do you have any hot drinks?

A: 有。有茶和咖啡。

Yǒu. Yǒu chá hé kā fēi.

Sure. We have tea and coffee.

B: 好。请给我一杯茶。谢谢。

Hǎo. Qǐng gěi wǒ yī bēi chá. Xiè xie.

Okay, please give me a cup of tea. Thank you.


Nín hǎo, wǔ cān wǒ mén yǒu jī ròu miàn tiáo hé níu ròu mǐ fàn. Nín xiǎng chī nǎ gè?

Hello, we have chicken noodles and beef rice for lunch. Which one would you like to eat?


Níu ròu mǐ fàn bā. Xiè xie.

Beef rice please.

Thank you.

Chinese words and phrases mentioned in this Podcast:





可口可乐:Coca Cola

橘汁:tangerine juice

橙汁: orange juice

番茄汁:tomato juice

苹果汁:apple juice

热饮:hot drink









Cultural/Grammar notes:

On domestic flights in China, it’s very common to be offered rice and noodles as the most popular options. Rice is usually more favoured by people from southern China and noodles are more favoured by people from northern China.

橘汁Jú zhīand 橙汁Chéngzhī

橘 means tangerine, 橘汁means tangerine juice, whereas 橙means orange, and 橙汁means orange juice On domestic flights in China 橙汁(orange juice) is more commonly served.

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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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in the dialogue for orange juice, Song says “cheng zhi” (橙汁) but the written dialogue says 橘汁. my dictionary says this is pronounced as “ju zhi” can you clarify please

Yang Yang

Hello Simon, already updated in the dialogue and the culture note. Thanks for the feedback!:)