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163: How to Talk About Different Consequences in Mandarin Chinese

By Learnmandarinnow

Decisions, decisions. Life is full of them. Decisions such as: where and when shall I travel? What do I really want to see and do on my holiday? Who do I want to go with? Make sure you can discuss some options with your friends and colleagues…

In this Podcast, you will learn:

(i) To debate some alternative options when planning a trip

(ii) How to talk about the benefits and disadvantages of certain ways of travel


Two people are planning a sightseeing trip:


(zài jiā kàn diàn shì)

(watching TV at home)


Zán men jīn tiān zuì hǎo bǎ zhè cì xíng chéng dìng xià lái.

It’s best for us to finalise the schedule today.


Hǎo. Rú guǒ zì yóu xíng de huà, zán men shí jiān shàng huì bǐ jiào chōng yù, jǐng diǎn er de xuǎn zé shàng yě huì bǐ jiào zì yóu.

Okay. If we travel by ourselves, we will have plenty of time. Our choice of places to see is more flexible as well.


Duì. Dàn yào shì zhǎo lǚ xíng shè de huà, wǒ mén huì bǐ jiào shěng xīn.

Right. But if we find a travel agency, we have less to worry about.


Shì. Rú guǒ nǐ hěn xiǎng gēn tuán, wǒ jué de wǒ mén yīng gāi zhǎo gè kě kào de lǚ xíng shè, cān jiā chún wán er wú gòu wù de tuán.

Yes. If you really want a group tour, I think that we can find a trustworthy travel agency and join one of their sight-seeing only, no shopping, tour groups.


Hǎo wǒ tóng yì!

Yes, I agree.

Chinese words and phrases mentioned in this Podcast:

咱么最好:we’d better




自由行:self-planned and funded trip




时间上:regarding/in terms of time


旅行社:travel agency


省心:have nothing to worry about

跟团:join a group tour



纯玩无购物的团:a type of tour group that offers 100% sightseeing and has no shopping destinations, literally means pure play non-shopping group


Mandarin Chinese learning resources we recommend:

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