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


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


(zài xiào yuán)

(at the campus)


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

Yuan yuan, shall we go hiking this weekend?


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

It’s too hot, we’d better not go.


Yào bù zán men qù yóu yǒng ba?

How about swimming?


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.


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?




Chinese words and phrases mentioned in this Podcast:

爬山:climb mountains/hiking



还是:had better



一起:come along

游泳馆:swimming centre

门口:front door


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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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