In the modern word, the prices of most things seem to be forever increasing. Mind you, some things do also decrease in price. But can you explain what is happening with increases and decreases to someone?

In this Podcast, you will learn:

(1) How to tell someone about things that have increased in price

(2) To let another person know something has decreased

Chinese words and phrases mentioned in this Podcast:

涨了:increase

房价涨了:housing prices have increased

房子涨价了:another way to say housing prices have increased

房租:rent

房租涨了:the rent has increased

票涨价了:the ticket price has increased

火车票涨价了:the price of the train ticket has increased

飞机票涨价了:the price of the aeroplane ticket has increased

油涨价了:the price of gas has increased

降:decrease

降价了:decreased

房价降了:house prices have decreased

房租降价了:the rent has decreased

工资:salary

工资降了:the salary has decreased

Cultural note: In China, housing prices have increased quite a lot in the last 5-10 years and it’s getting harder and harder for younger Chinese people to afford to buy houses in first-tier cities. Nowadays, many young married couples choose to rent a house instead.

Yes! I’d like to learn Mandarin Chinese more effectively

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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