It’s always hard to work out your future plan as no-one can predict what’s going to happen. But at least you can try and prepare for your career by working on your education. Make sure you know how to talk about your studies and future plans; or ask someone about theirs.

In this Podcast, you will learn:

(i) How ask someone about their future plans

(ii) To discuss your own future plans with a friend or colleague


Mother is talking to her son about his future:


(mā ma ér zi zài fàn guǎn)

(mother and son at the restaurant)


Xiǎo fēi a, nǐ yǐ hòu xiǎng gàn shén me ā?

Xiao Fei, what do you want to do in the future?


Hái méi xiǎng hǎo.

Still haven’t decided yet.


Nǐ xǐ huān shén me?

What do you like?


Wǒ yě bù zhī dào!

I don’t really know!


Xiǎo fēi, dà xué yào kǎo gè hǎo zhuān yè.

Xiao Fei, you need to get into a good major at university.


Wǒ zhī dào.

I know.


Yǐ hòu zhǎo gè hǎo gōng zuò.

Find a good job in the future.


Zhī dào la! (bù nài fán)

Got it! (sounds a little annoyed)

Chinese words and phrases mentioned in this Podcast:


以后:after/afterwards/in the future



找个好工作:find a good job

知道:know/got it

不耐烦:a little annoyed

Cultural/Grammar note:

We usually choose our major before university entrance in China but after the university entrance exam.

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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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