Some people like to always plan ahead; others leave everything until the last moment. Yet, in some cases, plans change as someone asks you to do something quite unexpectedly.

In this Podcast, you will learn:

(1) To talk about making plans for some forthcoming event

(2) How to agree to do something when asked unexpectedly

Dialogue: A couple are at home watching TV:

女:老公?你这周末有事儿么?Lǎogōng? Nǐ zhè zhōumò yǒushì er me?

Husband? Are you available this weekend?

男:没事儿啊。干嘛?Méishì er a. Gàn ma?

Yes, I am free. What’s up?

女:我二叔这周末要来北京,可是我得加班。你能带他去景点儿转转么?求求你啦!Wǒ èr shū zhè zhōumò yào lái běijīng, kěshì wǒ děi jiābān. Nǐ néng dài tā qù jǐngdiǎn er zhuǎn zhuǎn me? Qiú qiú nǐ la!

My second uncle is coming to Beijing this weekend, but I have to work overtime. Can you take him to look around some attractions? Please!

男:行,没问题。我带他去故宫和北海。Xíng, méi wèntí. Wǒ dài tā qù gùgōng hé běihǎi.

Okay, no problem. I will take him to the Forbidden City and Beihai Park.

女:你真好亲爱的~Nǐ zhēn hǎo qīn’ài de ~

You are great, honey!

Chinese words and phrases mentioned in this Podcast:

老公:casual way to say husband


没事儿:nothing—it means I am available

干嘛:what happened?

二叔:second uncle

加班:work overtime

带他去:take him to


故宫:The Forbidden City is one of the most popular attractions to visit in Beijing

北海:Beihai Park is also one of the most popular attractions to visit in Beijing

你真好:you are great

亲爱的: honey, sweetheart

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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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