If someone needs to know your address or even which province or city you are staying in, are you able to tell them? On the other hand, if you want to ask someone where they come from, make sure you know how to ask in the correct way!

In this Podcast you will learn:

(1) How to say province, city, district

(2) How to ask for and answer about an address

Chinese words and phrases mentioned in this Podcast:

省:Province

中国有23 个省:China has 23 provinces

广东省:Guangdong Province

云南省:Yunnan Province

浙江省:Zhejiang Province

市:City

广州市:Guangzhou city

昆明市:Kunming city

杭州市:Hangzhou city

区:District

海淀区:Haidian District, one of the districts in Beijing

朝阳区:Chaoyang District, one of the districts in Beijing

直辖市:Municipalities

Cultural note 1:

When dealing with addresses, the practice in China is to follow the pattern of: country, province, municipality, town, street or road, building name, floor/level, house/flat number, company name, addressee. This is the most common way to use addresses when posting something or writing to someone within China.

Example, 中国广东省广州市东风路250号4栋502 : China, Guangdong Province, Guangzhou City, Dongfeng Road No. 250, Building 4, Room 502

Cultural note 2:

China has 4 municipalities, namely: Beijing (北京), Chongqing (重庆), Shanghai(上海)and Tianjin(天津). They are directly under the administration of the central government. A municipality has the same political, economic and jurisdictional rights as a province.

街:Street

路:Road

图书馆的地址是什么:What is the address of the library?

地址:Address

图书馆的地址是南京北路1号:The library’s address is No.1 Nanjing Bei Road

Or 图书馆在南京北路1号:The library is at No.1 Nanjing Bei Road

你住哪里?:Where do you live?

你住哪(儿):Casual way to ask you live

我住朝阳区:I live in Chaoyang District

你住朝阳区哪里:Where in Chaoyang District do you live?

我住朝阳区静安路:I live in Jingan Road, Chaoyang District

你住几层几号?In which number and on which floor do you live?

我住13(层)3号:I live at No 3, on the 13th floor

我住13(楼)3号:I live at No 3, on the 13th floor

楼:Floor

Grammar note: 层and楼 both mean floor here and are interchangeable

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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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