We all have a wide variety of feelings. Sometimes we like things and sometimes we don’t. At other times, we make judgements on the quality of food or service or places we go to by talking about our overall feelings. Taking about feelings is an important part of human communications so it will be really helpful if you can get familiar with talking about such a subject!

In this Podcast, you will learn:

(i) To talk about how you feel about certain things

(ii) How to explain to someone else why you feel as you do


Several examples of people expressing their feelings:


(zài jiē shàng)

(on the street)


Yǒu shí hou, wǒ jué de hěn gū dān. Wǒ bù tài shì ying dà chéng shì de huán jìng, měi tiān dōu gǎn jué hěn pí bèi. Wǒ hěn xiǎng wǒ de bà ba mā ma.

Sometimes I feel really lonely. I’m not used to a big city’s environment. Every day I feel exhausted. I really miss my mother and father.



(zài fàn guǎn)

(at the restaurant)


Wǒ zuì xǐ huan zhè jiā cān guǎn, fàn cài zuò de hǎo, fú wù yě hǎo, wǒ měi cì lái dōu hěn mǎn yì. Duì miàn nà jiā cān guǎn jiu bù xíng le, suī rán bǐ jiào pián yi, dàn huán jìng zāng, fú wù chà, wǒ bù xǐ huān nà lǐ, yě bù huì zài qù nà er chī le.

This is my favourite restaurant. The food is good and the service is nice, too. I’m very satisfied every time. The restaurant across the street is not so good. It’s cheaper, but the environment is dirty and the service is bad. I don’t like it there and will not go back there again.



(zài gōng yuán)

(at the park)


Xiǎo lì xiàn zài fēi cháng bù kāi xīn, tā zài shēng nǐ de qì. Nǐ guò qu hǒng hǒng tā ba?

Xiao Li is very upset right now. She is mad at you. Why don’t you go over and talk nicely to her?



(zài jiē shàng)

(on the street)


Zhè cì lǚ yóu hé wǒ xiǎng xiàng de chà tài yuǎn le, wǒ hěn shī wàng, wǒ yǐ hòu yī dìng bù huì zài zhǎo zhè jiā lǚ xíng shè le.

This trip is far worse than I expected. I’m very disappointed. I will never use this travel agency in the future for sure.


Chinese words and phrases mentioned in this Podcast:



感觉孤单:feel lonely

适应:be used to


大城市:big city




饭菜:a meal




对面:across the street

不行:not good


环境脏:dirty environment

差:bad, poor



生……的气:mad at someone

哄:talk sweet, butter up


想象:imagine, expect

差远了:far more worse


旅行社:travel agency

一定:for sure

Cultural/Grammar note:

If you want to express your feelings, you could say ‘我感觉……’ or ‘我觉得……’.


‘我现在很高兴’ (I am very happy now.)

wǒ xiàn zài hěn gāo xìng

‘他很生气’ (He is very upset)

tā hěn shēng qì

‘你很失望’ (You are very disappointed)

nǐ hěn shī wàng

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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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