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115: How to Tell Someone Where Another Place is in Mandarin Chinese

By Learnmandarinnow

Whenever you are in a new place or city, and need directions to get to the train station or airport or somewhere else, are you sure you know how to ask? And then, once you have been told, can you be sure you have the right directions?

In this Podcast, you will learn:

(i) To ask another person how to get to your destination

(ii) How to record and follow the directions you have been given

Dialogue: A person is asking how to get to the airport by the underground:

A: 您好,您知道去机场应该在哪站换车么?Nín hǎo, nín zhīdào qù jīchǎng yīnggāi zài nǎ zhàn huàn chē me?

Hello, do you know which station I should transfer to if we want to go to the airport?

B:哦,您要先坐地铁9号线,到六里桥下车,然后换乘10号线,到三元桥下车,然后换机场线就可以了。

Ó, nín yào xiān zuò dìtiě 9 hào xiàn, dào liù lǐ qiáo xià chē, ránhòu huàn chéng 10 hào xiàn, dào sān yuán qiáo xià chē, ránhòu huàn jīchǎng xiàn jiù kěyǐle.

Yes, you should take Line 9 first, then get off in Liu Li Qiao and change to Line 10. You can then go to Sanyuan Qiao to transfer to the airport express which will take you to the airport directly.

A:哦,9号线,然后10号线……Ó,9 hào xiàn, ránhòu 10 hào xiàn……

Oh .., I see. Line 9 and then Line 10.

B: 来,我帮您在地铁图上标一下,这张图您拿好了。Lái, wǒ bāng nín zài dìtiě tú shàng biāo yīxià, zhè zhāng tú nín ná hǎole.

Yes, I will show you and make a mark on the map. You can take this paper.

A: 太好了,谢谢您。Tài hǎole, xièxiè nín.

That’s great. Thank you!

Chinese words and phrases mentioned in this Podcast:

您好:Hello(polite way)

您知道:Do you know?

去机场:to the airport

应该:should

在哪站:Which station?

换车:transfer

先:firstly

坐地铁:take underground

六里桥:Beijing underground station name

换乘:transfer

十号线:Line 10

三元桥:Beijing underground station name

下车:get off the underground train

然后:then

机场:airport

机场线:airport line

帮:help

地图:map

标一下:mark

太好了:that’s great

谢谢你:thank you!

Mandarin Chinese learning resources we recommend:

Keats Chinese School
Keats Chinese School, which was founded in 2004, is one of the top Mandarin Chinese language schools in China, offering both one-on-one immersion Mandarin courses and small group Chinese classes. Located in Kunming, Keats develops personalised exercises and materials for students to meet their learning goals and requirements and can arrange a student visa for its 16 week course. Why not try one of their highly recommended courses?

Skritter
Skritter allows you to learn to write Chinese characters quickly and effectively. You choose the vocabulary lists you wish to learn, set the pace, and Skritter handles the rest. Say goodbye to forgetting characters, making tone mistakes, and your piles of flashcards—and say 你好 to the right way in mastering Chinese characters!


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