China is such a big country that you’ll need to use some form of transportation to get around; maybe a bus, train or plane. Whichever mode you use, be sure you know how to ask/tell others just how you are going to get from “A” to “B”.

In this Podcast, you will learn:

(1) The names of some common forms of transportation

(2) How to talk about travelling via such transportation means

Chinese words and phrases mentioned in this Podcast:


Cultural note: there are quite a few ways to say bicycle in Chinese. 自行车is the most common way; in southern China, people will say 单车, whereas in Taiwan, people will say 脚踏车.

骑自行车:Ride a bike


坐公车:Ride a bus

我要坐602路公车:I will take the No. 602 bus

坐地铁:Take the underground/subway


打车:Take a taxi

打的:The other way to say take the taxi

我打车去地铁站:I will take a taxi to the underground/subway station


我走路去地铁站:I walk to the underground/subway station

火车 Train

火车站:Train Station

坐火车:Take the train

我坐火车去上海:I will take the train to Shanghai



我坐飞机去上海:I will take the plane to Shanghai

我开车去上海:I will drive to Shanghai

Grammar note: 坐is a common verb when you are talking about transportation. Except for when saying bicycle, you can use 坐 to match with different transportation.


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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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