It goes without saying that everyone in the world has a birthday and different people have different ways to mark this milestone. Some love to keep the event low-key. whilst others love to celebrate in a big way! Whichever way you choose, it’s helpful to know how to talk about the event…
In this Podcast, you will learn:
(i) How to discuss planning a birthday celebration
(ii) To make some suggestions about what to do for a special event
Dialogue: Two colleagues are planning a celebration for another colleague:
(zài shāng diàn lǐ) (at the shop)
Āi nǐ shuō, zán men jīn nián zěn me gěi xiǎo lì guò shēng rì a?
Hey, how are we going to celebrate Xiaoli’s birthday this year?
Qù KTV ba, chàng ge tōng xiāo!
Go to KTV, sing all night long!
Āi ya, měi cì dōu shì KTV, nǐ bù nì a? KTV every time… aren’t you tired of it?
B:那你说呢？ Nà nǐ shuō ne? What do you think?
Xiàn zài tiān qì zhè me hǎo, zán men bié zài shì nèi le. Qù jiāo wài bàn ge shāo kǎo shēng rì pài duì zěn me yàng?
The weather is so nice recently, we should not stay indoors. How about holding a barbecue birthday party in the countryside?
Ēn, zhè zhǔ yì bù cuò! Jiù zhè yàng dìng le!
A great idea! Let’s do it!
Chinese words and phrases mentioned in this Podcast:
你说：what’s your opinion
过生日：celebrate the birthday for someone
通宵：all night long
腻：be tired of
看腻了：have seen (or done) so many times and get tired of it
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