Almost everyone in Chine seems to have a Smartphone. Not only that, but they seem to change them frequently. As soon as a new model comes out, people will buy it and discard their old one. Know how to talk about the latest phones and related gadgets and you’ll be able to converse well with others!

In this Podcast, you will learn:

(i) How to discuss buying a new phone

(ii) To talk about some of the phone’s new features


A colleague has just bought a new phone:


(zài gōng yuán)

(in the park)


xīn xìn xī tí shì yīn xiǎng…

New text tone rings…


Yōu, nǐ huàn xīn shǒu jī la?

Hey, you switched to a new phone.


A, jīn tiān gāng ná dào de. Zěn me yàng bù cuò ba?

Yes, I just got it today. How does it look? Nice, huh?


En bù cuò, chāo báo, chāo qīng. Yǒu shén me xīn gōng néng me?

Very nice, ultra-slim, ultra-light. Are there any new functions?


Yǒu hěn duō xīn gōng néng, dàn wǒ děi huí jiā màn màn yán jiū yī xià. Duì le, zhè kuǎn hái fáng shuǐ, ér qiě dài wú xiàn ěr jī.

There are lots of new functions. But I need to spend some time to play around with it after I get home. Ah…, wow, this model is even waterproof—and it comes with wireless headphones.


Ai, jiù shì jià qián tài guì, wǒ xiǎng yào jiù děi qù mài shèn la. Haha.

The only thing is that it is very expensive. If I want to buy one, I’ll have to sell one of my kidneys. Haha.

Chinese words and phrases mentioned in this Podcast:


新信息:new text message








研究:research, play around with


这款:this model

带:comes with

无线耳机:wireless headphones



Cultural/Grammar note:

‘卖肾’ (sell my kidney) is a popular internet phrase. Originally, there was some news saying that someone really wanted to buy an iPhone or iPad, but he didn’t have enough money, so he sold one of his kidneys. So the internet community started to comment on this news and ‘卖肾’ becomes popular in a light-hearted way. It is a joking way to say ‘I need a lot of money in order to get it’ or ‘this item is way too expensive for me’.

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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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