After all of your hard work, it’s time in the evening or at weekends to go and relax: maybe go to see a film, or to the theatre, or possibly even to see a pop-concert. Have a think about some of your most exciting experiences and see if you can talk about them in Mandarin Chinese. Or maybe get yourself prepared and ask one of your friends in Chinese about what cultural experience gives them pleasure!

In this Podcast, you will learn:

(i) How to describe an enjoyable event

(ii) To ask someone else’s opinion about an event they have seen

Dialogue:

Two friends talk about a recent concert:

(在咖啡厅)

(Zài kā fēi tīng)

(at the café)

A:你们去看王菲的演唱会了?感觉怎么样啊?

A: Nǐ men qù kàn Wáng Fēi de yǎn chàng huì le? Gǎn jué zěn me yàng a?

Did you go to see Faye Wong’s concert? How did you like it?

B:真的特别特别棒!全场爆满,现场气氛超high的。而且我们坐第一排耶,我特别激动!作为王菲的头号粉丝,我觉得她完全没有让我失望。

B: Zhēn de tè bié tè bié bàng! Quán chǎng bào mǎn, xiàn chǎng qì fēn chāo hāi de. Ér qiě wǒ men zuò dì yī pái ye, wǒ tè bié jī dòng! Zuò wéi Wáng Fēi de tóu hào fěn sī, wǒ jué dé tā wán quán méi yǒu ràng wǒ shī wàng.

It was really, really great! The theatre was packed, and the atmosphere was electric. We sat in the first row, and I was extremely excited. As one of Faye Wong’s biggest fans, I don’t think she let me down at all.

C:我倒觉得王菲的演唱会没有火爆的伴舞……我想我可能更喜欢去看蔡依林的演唱会。

C: Wǒ dào jué dé Wáng Fēi de yǎn chàng huì méi yǒu huǒ bào de bàn wǔ……wǒ xiǎng wǒ kě néng gèng xǐ huān qù kàn Cài Yīlín de yǎn chàng huì.

Hmm…, on the contrary, I don’t think the dancing in Faye Wong’s concert was good. I think I would prefer to see Jolin Cai’s show instead.

Chinese words and phrases mentioned in this Podcast:

演唱会:concert

感觉:feel

真的:really

特别棒:great

全场:the whole audience/stadium

爆满:packed

现场气氛:atmosphere

超high:very high

第一排:the first row

特别激动:extremely excited

作为:as someone

头号:number one, the biggest one

粉丝:fan

让我失望:let me down

倒:refers to ‘well, I don’t agree with…’

火爆:hot

伴舞:background dancer, background dancing performance

更喜欢:prefer

Cultural/Grammar note:

Faye Wong is a famous, top female singer; we have introduced her in previous posts.

Jolin Cai is another famous pop singer. She is really good at dancing and has performed lots of well-known dance music tracks such as Love Love Love and Dancing Diva.

When you are really excited about something, you can say ‘特别’ as many times as you want. And when you express being very excited, you can emphasise ‘超’ with tone.

When you describe some place is full of people, you can say ‘爆满’.

e.g. 这个餐馆爆满。

Zhè ge cān guǎn bào mǎn.

The restaurant is packed.

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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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