Just what do you do when you have some spare time? If you are not going out eating, instead you can go and do some exercise such as hiking or swimming—both very popular pastimes in China. So, why not invite some friends and colleagues and get together this weekend or on your next holiday?

In this Podcast, you will learn:

(i) To discuss taking a trip somewhere at the weekend or your day off

(ii) How to suggest an alternative to someone else’s suggestion

Dialogue:

Two colleagues are talking about a plan for their day off:

(在校园)

(zài xiào yuán)

(at the campus)

A:圆圆,周末咱们去爬山吧?

Yuán yuan, zhōu mò zán men qù pá shān ba?

Yuan yuan, shall we go hiking this weekend?

B:天这么热,还是别爬山了。

Tiān zhè me rè, hái shì bié pá shān le.

It’s too hot, we’d better not go.

A:要不咱们去游泳吧?

Yào bù zán men qù yóu yǒng ba?

How about swimming?

B:好啊!那咱们叫上李红和王亮吧。他们也喜欢游泳。

Hǎo ā! Nà zán men jiào shang Lǐ Hóng hé Wáng Liàng ba. Tā men yě xǐ huān yóu yǒng.

Great. Let’s ask Li Hong and Wang Liang to come along. They like swimming, too.

A:好,那明天就约在游泳馆门口见面。好么?

Hǎo, nà míng tiān jiù yuē zài yóu yǒng guǎn mén kǒu jiàn miàn. Hǎo me?

Okay, let’s meet at the front door of the swimming centre, shall we?

B:行!

Xíng!

Okay!

Chinese words and phrases mentioned in this Podcast:

爬山:climb mountains/hiking

周末:weekend

热:hot

还是:had better

游泳:swimming

叫上:ask

一起:come along

游泳馆:swimming centre

门口:front door

见面:meet

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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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