With so many people travelling these days, it’s no surprise that’s sometimes problems arise. These may be caused by the person(s) you are travelling with or the transport itself. If you can explain the issues or listen and understand when someone has problems, it’ll be that much easier all around!

In this Podcast, you will learn:

(i) To explain about problems you encountered travelling

(ii) How to talk about some of the positive things someone you were travelling with did


Travelling can bring some problems, as these friends found out:


(zài kā fēi tīng)

(at the café)

  1. Female
  2. Male


Hāi ya, wǒ zài yě bù hé Liú Lì qù lǚ yóu le.

I will never travel with Liu Li again.


Zěn me le?

Why, what happened?


Tā zhè rén zhēn shì diū sàn là sì de. Yī huì er wàng jì dài hù zhào, yī huì er yòu nòng diū xíng lǐ.

She is really forgetful. Sometimes she forgot to bring her passport. Sometimes she lost her luggage.


Shì me? Kě shì yǒu yī cì wǒ hé tā lǚ yóu, wǒ men de fēi jī wǎn diǎn le, ér qiě wǒ hái shēng bìng le. Tā yī lù yòu zhào gu wǒ, yòu zhào gu xíng lǐ de, yī diǎn chā cuò yě méi chū ā.

Really? But one time I travelled with her our flight was delayed, and I was sick too. On the way, she took care of me and also took care of the luggage. She didn’t make a single mistake.

Chinese words and phrases mentioned in this Podcast:

再也不:will never do something again


怎么了:what happened?


一会儿……一会儿:sometimes… sometimes

忘记带:forget to bring




飞机晚点:the flight was delayed


一路:on the way

又……又:do something and also do something else

照顾:take care of


Cultural/Grammar note:

‘丢三落四’ is an idiom, in which ‘丢’ means ‘lose’, ‘落’ means ‘leave something behind’. It indicates that someone has a really bad memory, and is really careless and unorganised.

‘一会儿’ means different things in different contexts. For example, it means ‘sometimes’ in this dialogue, but it means ‘for a while’ in ‘我要睡一会儿’ (I will sleep for a while).

‘又……又……’ is a very common sentence structure which refers to the fact that someone is busy doing multiple things. For example, ‘她又洗衣服又做饭’ (she cooks meals and also washes clothes).

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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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