We all enjoy to eat or drink certain things—even when, sometimes, they are not good for us! Too much of one things cannot be good, but it’s often hard to stop eating or drinking them. Tell your friends about some of your habits, or listen to theirs!

In this Podcast, you will learn:

(i) To talk about doing something excessively

(ii) How to tell others that you drink or eat too much of things you like

Dialogue: Colleagues in the office are discussing drinking coffee:

A: 我得再来一杯咖啡。Wǒ dé zàilái yībēi kāfēi.

I need another cup of coffee.

B: 哇塞!你这一上午都喝了5杯了!Wasāi! Nǐ zhè yī shàngwǔ dōu hēle 5 bēile!

Wow, you have already had 5 cups this morning!

A: 唉,你还不知道我是重度咖啡控么?Āi, nǐ hái bù zhīdào wǒ shì zhòngdù kāfēi kòng me?

Hey, don’t you know I am seriously addicted to coffee?

B: 从现在起,你要减少到每天3杯。从现在起,你要减少到每天3杯。

Xiànzài qǐ, nǐ yào jiǎnshǎo dào měitiān sān bēi.

From now on, you should reduce to 3 cups per day.

A: 但是我控制不住啊。咖啡实在是太好喝了!

Dànshì wǒ kòngzhì bù zhù a. Kāfēi shízài shì tài hǎo hēle!

But I can’t control myself. Coffee tastes so delicious.

B: 唉,真拿你没办法。Āi, zhēn ná nǐ méi bànfǎ.

Ai, I’ll have nothing to do with you.

Chinese words and phrases mentioned in this Podcast:





5杯:five cups

不知道:don’t know

重度:severe, serious

从现在起:from now on

你要:you need to


每天:every day



控制不住:cannot control

实在:indeed, actually

好喝:good to drink

真拿你没办法:I’ll have nothing to do with you

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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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Drew Galbraith


Cóng xiànzài qǐ, nǐ yào jiǎnshǎo dào měitiān 3 bēi. Cóng xiànzài qǐ, nǐ yào jiǎnshǎo dào měitiān 3 bēi.

谢谢你我爱你的 Podcasts, 每天我听了

Yang Yang

Hello Drew, I am glad you like the podcast!:) Just added the pinyin. Thanks. What other topics you would like to learn?

Drew Galbraith

Im moving to china in a few weeks and I’m really interested in getting a pet cat. I have no idea how someone buys a cat or how to find out if an apartment building allows pets, or how to check for immunizations, or where to buy cat food. anything cat related, i am ignorant about. That would be cool!

Yang Yang

Wow, welcome to China! Thanks Drew for your feedback and it will be on our next topic:)

Drew Galbraith

Too Cool! I love it!
Can another topic be breakfast food in Beijing, I’m sound like a 外国人 when i order food

Learn Mandarin Now

Sure. Drew. It will be on our future podcasts:)

Learn Mandarin Now

Hello Drew, we just published a podcast that you might like: http://www.learnmandarinnow.com/how-to-find-or-rent-an-apartment-in-mandarin-chinese/

Hope you enjoy it!