In China, everyone loves to eat. But not everyone loves to cook—although, sometimes it’s a necessity; so be prepared to help around the kitchen and show others what a good cook you really are!

In this Podcast, you will learn:

(1) To talk about things to do when preparing a meal

(2) How to offer assistance when helping others cook

Dialogue: Two friends are getting ready to prepare a meal:

A- 杨洋,帮我把盐拿过来。Yángyáng, bāng wǒ bǎ yào ná guòlái.

Yang Yang, can you please pass me the salt?

B- 哦,还要什么?Ó, hái yào shénme?

Okay, what else?

A- 把菜洗了吧。Bǎ cài xǐle ba.

Wash the vegetables

B- 行……洗完了。还干什么?Xíng……xǐ wánliǎo. Hái gànshénme?

Okay, finished. What else?

A- 你把牛肉切了。Nǐ bǎ niúròu qièle.

Please cut the beef

B- 好!Hǎo!


A- 哎呦,他们来啦!Āi yōu, tāmen lái la!

Oh, they are here

B- 来来,欢迎欢迎!Lái lái, huānyíng huānyíng!

Come on in, welcome!

Chinese words and phrases mentioned in this Podcast:


帮我:help me



切: cut

牛肉: beef

洗: wash


还干什么:What else? (here it means “What else do you want me to do?”)



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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.