It’s hard not to see or listen to news about the US Presidential election as they seem to go on for ever and ever! Yet, the choice of a new President may have consequences for the whole world in general. In such case, it’s very useful to know just what’s happening and be able to talk with your friend and colleagues in Mandarin Chinese about the current status and the expected result!

In this Podcast, you will learn:

(i) To chat with your friends about political event in the US

(ii) How to explain who the candidates are in the election



(Zài fàn guǎn)

(at the restaurant)


A: Nǐ píng shí guān zhù Měi Guó zǒng tǒng dà xuǎn de xīn wén me?

Do you follow the news about the US presidential election?


B: Méi zěn me guān zhù. Zhè jiè de hòu xuǎn rén shì shuí?

Don’t really follow it. Who are the candidates this year?


A: Gòng hé dǎng shì Tè Lǎng Pǔ. Mín zhǔ dǎng shì Xī Lā Lǐ.

The Republican Party candidate is Donald Trump; the Democratic Party has Hillary Clinton.


B: O, bù zhī dào Xī Lā Lǐ huì bù huì chéng wéi Měi Guó dì yī gè nǚ zǒng tǒng.

Oh, I see. Not sure if Hillary will be the first female president in the US.


A: Mù qián hǎo xiàng shì Xī Lā Lǐ de zhī chí lǜ shāo shāo lǐng xiān Tè Lǎng Pǔ, dàn zuì zhōng jié guǒ xiàn zài hái zhēn bù hǎo shuō.

Currently, it looks like Hillary leads Trump slightly in the polls. But it is hard to say what the final result will be right now.

Chinese words and phrases mentioned in this Podcast:



关注:follow/follow up




总统选举/总统大选:presidential election

没怎么:not really

这届:this term


共和党:Republican Party

民主党:Democratic Party

唐纳德·特朗普:Donald Trump

希拉里·克林顿:Hillary Clinton

克林顿:Bill Clinton

阿诺德·施瓦辛格:Arnold Schwarzenegger


女总统:female president

目前:currently/at present

好像:it seems that

支持率:support rate





还不好说:‘难说’, hard to say

现在:right now

Cultural/Grammar note:

In China there is no public voting for top leaders. Political topics in China are a lot more sensitive than in the US. But it doesn’t mean that common people don’t care or talk about such issues. In restaurants or on some casual occasions, friends will talk about politics. They might talk about regulations, laws and the government. So it is not taboo to talk about such things in informal conversations.

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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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