Getting through University can be both a challenge and also great fun. Studying for something you are really interested in and which you know will benefit you in the future can be rewarding. If you can talk about such topics with your friends you’ll certainly make good progress with your own study… of, for example, Mandarin Chinese!

In this Podcast, you will learn:

(i) To talk about starting the last year of university

(ii) How to discuss your plans for forthcoming study


Two students are talking:


(zài xiào yuán)

(on campus)


Yī kāi xué zán men jiù dà sì le.

We will be senior university students as soon as the term starts.


Shì a, shí jiān guò de zhēn kuài.

Yes, time flies.


Xīn xué qī

yǒu shén me dǎ suàn?

Any plans for the new term?


Wǒ yào kāi shǐ hǎo hǎo xué xié, tiān tiān xiàng shàng.

I will start to study hard and make progress every day.


Hā ha, duì. Bì yè qián zhǎo gè hǎo diǎn de shí xí dān wèi.

Right, and find a good internship before graduation.


Èn, wǒ mén yī qǐ nǔ lì ba!

Yeah, let’s work hard together!

Chinese words and phrases mentioned in this Podcast:


开学:new term begins

大四:the senior year in university

时间过的真快:how time flies


打算:plan, decide

好好学习,天天向上:study hard and make progress everyday



好点儿:a good one, a better one


单位:working place, an employer

努力:work hard, make great efforts


Review of 186:

小学:primary school (six years)

初中:middle school (three years)

高中:high school (three years)

大学:university (four years)

Cultural/Grammar note:

‘时间过的真快’ is a casual way for you to express ‘how time flies’.

‘好好学习,天天向上’ is a Chinese saying, which literally means ‘good good study, day day up’, which is a funny translation which almost every Chinese child knows.

Mandarin Chinese learning resources we recommend: 

round-italki-logo-3d-01Using Italki, a unique system of learning Mandarin Chinese where you interact with real teachers, is widely recognised as an effective way to learn a new language! You’ll make more progress and learn how native Chinese speakers really speak. Plus, Italki is more affordable than offline tutors, offline schools and software, and is convenient to use at your own pace and place!


Keats Chinese SchoolKeats Chinese School, which was founded in 2004, is one of the top Mandarin Chinese language schools in China, offering both one-on-one immersion Mandarin courses and small group Chinese classes. Located in Kunming, Keats develops personalised exercises and materials for students to meet their learning goals and requirements and can arrange a student visa for its 16 week course.

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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