Over the years, with such a great movement of people to cities and towns with their careers and, maybe, families, many people no longer live in their hometown or province. Learning how to ask someone where they are for or telling them where you are from can be really rather interesting—be sure you know how to find out…

In this Podcast, you will learn:

(1) How to talk about your origins

(2) How to ask others where they come from in China

Chinese words and phrases mentioned in this Podcast:


Cultural note: In China, your hometown is where you originate from. There are lots of definitions of hometown in China but, in general, when people talk about their hometown, it usually refers to their grandfather’s birthplace. If your grandfather was born in Beijing, then your hometown is Beijing. However, some people might just simply refer to their father’s hometown, so it varies.

山东省:Shandong Province

河北省:Hebei Province

天津:Tianjin City

你的老家是哪里:Where is your hometown?

我的老家是山东:My hometown is in Shandong province

山东在哪里?Where is Shandong Province?

在中国的北边:In the northern part of China

我的老家是广东:My hometown is in Guangdong

广东在哪里?Where is Guangdong Province?

广东在中国的南边:Guangdong province is in the southern part of China

广东和香港挨着:Guangdong province is next to Hongkong

我的老家在云南:My hometown is in Yunnan province

云南在中国的西南边:Yunnan is in the southwest of China Cultural note: In daily conversation, native Chinese speakers will usually drop the 省(province)in the sentence.

广东(省):Guangdong Province

云南 (省):Yunnan Province


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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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