These days, so many people in China love to travel overseas. Maybe for a holiday or business, or, possibly, a special trip such as a honeymoon. If you have been travelling, then your friends and colleagues will be keen to hear about your experiences—so make sure you know how to explain all about the places you’ve been; and, of course, bring a souvenir or two back with you!

In this Podcast, you will learn:

(i) To tell others where you have been when travelling

(ii) How to describe some of the features you liked in overseas countries

Dialogue:

A colleague has just returned from a trip:

(在公司)

(zài gōng sī)

(at the company)

A:呦,小美回来啦。快给我们说说,你这蜜月旅行怎么样啊?

Yōu, xiǎo měi huí lai la. Kuài gěi wǒ mén shuō shuo, nǐ zhè mì yuè lǚ xíng zěn me yàng a?

Hey, Xiao Mei is back. Hurry up and tell us, how was your honeymoon trip.

B:嘿嘿,我感觉自己好幸福啊!玩儿得都不想回来了。我最喜欢意大利,风景简直美极了。我们照了好多照片,一会儿给你们看看哈。

Hēi hei, wǒ gǎn jué zì jǐ hǎo xìng fú a! Wán er de dōu bù xiǎng huí lai le. Wǒ zuì xǐ huān Yì Dà Lì, fēng jǐng jiǎn zhí měi jí le. Wǒ mén zhào le hǎo duō zhào piān, yī huì er gěi nǐ mén kàn kan ha.

I feel so blessed. I had so much fun that I didn’t want to come back. I liked Italy the most, the scenery is extraordinary. We took lots of photos. I will show you all later.

A:哎呀,羡慕死我们啦。

Ài yà, xiàn mù sǐ wǒ mén la.

Oh…, we are so jealous.

B:我还给你们每个人都带了纪念品呢,希望你们喜欢!

Wǒ hái gěi nǐ mén měi gè rén dōu dài le jì niàn pǐn ne, xī wàng nǐ mén xǐ huān!

I brought souvenirs for every one of you. Hope you like them.

Chinese words and phrases mentioned in this Podcast:

快给我们说说:hurry up and tell us

蜜月:honeymoon

蜜月旅行:honeymoon trip

幸福:happy/happiness

风景:scenery

美极了:extraordinary

照照片:take photos

羡慕:admire/jealous

纪念品:souvenir

Cultural/Grammar note:

‘羡慕死了’ is a common expression to say ‘extremely jealous’.

If you come back from a trip, please do not forget to bring souvenirs for your co-workers. It is ‘礼貌’.

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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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