From an early age, we all have dreams of what we want to do when we grow up. Some of us pursue such dreams but many people change their minds and their aspirations and goals changes. No matter, talking about dreams is a great topic to be able to talk about with friends colleagues; you might be surprised at what you learn!

In this Podcast, you will learn:

(i) How to recall your dreams and goals when you were young

(ii) To tell someone what your current dreams involve


Two friends are reminiscing about their dreams:


(zài fàn guǎn)

(at the restaurant)


Nǐ mén xiǎo shí hou yǒu shén me mèng xiǎng me?

What were your dreams when you were a child?


Yǒu, wǒ xiǎng dāng gōng chē shòu piào yuán. Wǒ jué de shòu piào yuán tè bié kù.

Actually, I wanted to be a bus conductor. I thought that bus conductors were so cool.


Xiǎo shí hou, wǒ tǐng xǐ huān huà huà de, tè bié xiǎng dāng fú zhuāng shè jì shī.

When I was young, I liked to draw. I really wanted to be a fashion designer.


À, nà nǐ bǐ wǒ zhè ge wěi dà duō le ha ha.

Oh, your dreams were much better than mine. Haha.


Nà nǐ xiàn zài de mèng xiǎng ne?

Then what is your dream now?


Wǒ xiǎng… xiǎng gǎn kuài zhǎo ge lǎo gōng, shēng liǎ hái zi! Yǒu gè měi mǎn de jiā tíng!

I want to find a husband very soon, have two children and have a happy family!

 Chinese words and phrases mentioned in this Podcast:

小时候:in childhood


梦想的职业:dream job

环游世界:travel around the world

公车售票员:bus conductor



服装设计师:fashion designer


伟大:great, mighty


生孩子:have children




Cultural/Grammar note:

In the dialogue, ‘那你比我这个伟大多了’, ‘你’ refers to ‘你的梦想’, ‘我这个’ which refers to ‘我的这个梦想’. The complete sentence should be ‘那你的梦想比我的梦想伟大多了’.

‘Happy’ can express lots of meanings in Chinese, such as ‘开心’ and ‘幸福’. So when you want to say a perfect happy family, you should either say ‘美满’ or ‘幸福’.

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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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