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125: Talking About Accidents and Injuries in Mandarin Chinese

By Learnmandarinnow

With so many cars, motorcycles and bicycle on the road, accidents are bound to happen! Are you able to talk with others about what happened or the status of the accident victim—and, of course, wish them a speedy recovery!

In this Podcast, you will learn:

(i) To talk about someone who has had an accident

(ii) How to enquire about the well-being of someone who has been injured


A:阿珊,听说你哥哥出车祸了?Ā shān, tīng shuō nǐ gēgē chū chēhuòle?

Shan, I heard your brother had a car accident?

B: 唉,是。Āi, shì.


A: 他现在怎么样了?Tā xiànzài zěnme yàngle?

Is he okay?

B: 他的左腿断了,右侧肋骨断了3条。情况是已经稳定了,但还在住院。可能要半年才能完全恢复吧。

Tā de zuǒ tuǐ duànle, yòu cè lèigǔ duànle 3 tiáo. Qíngkuàng shì yǐjīng wěndìngle, dàn hái zài zhùyuàn.

He broke his left leg and three ribs. However, now things are under control and his condition has stabilised.

A: 稳定了就好。改天我去看看他。Wěndìngle jiù hǎo. Gǎitiān wǒ qù kàn kàn tā.

Good. I will visit him in the next few days.

Chinese words and phrases mentioned in this Podcast:

哥哥:older brother

车祸:car accident


左腿:left leg

右侧:right side


条:a measuring word most commonly used for elongated objects



住院:be hospitalised

改天:another day

看看: visit

Cultural/Grammar notes:

(1)In China, if a nickname or a given name starts with ‘A’, it is usually a Southern Chinese name, e.g. people from provinces such as Guangdong, Fujian, etc.

(2)‘改天’ is a very common expression in Chinese conversation, which means ‘another day’ or ‘some day’, but not a definite date.

Mandarin Chinese learning resources we recommend:

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 will quiz you on reading, writing, tones and the pinyin of all the vocabulary you’re looking to master. 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—use Skritter, so much more than just a writing App!

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.

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