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164: How to Talk About What Kind of Music You Like in Mandarin Chinese

By Learnmandarinnow

Music is universal throughout the world and nearly everybody loves to listen to or even play music. We might have different tastes and like different genre but it will really help if you can talk about what types of music you prefer; or even explain why you like that particular type.

In this Podcast, you will learn:

(i) To talk about what type of music you like

(ii) How to discuss the various types of music you have listened to


Two colleagues are talking about seeing a concert:


(zài jiē shàng)

(on the street)


Wāng Fēng yào kāi yǎn chàng huì le. Nǐ xiǎng kàn me?

Wang Feng is going to give a concert. Do you want to go?


Ē, wǒ bù shì tā de fěn. Wǒ yě bù tài xǐ huān yáo gǔn yīn yuè.

Eh, I’m not a fan of his. I don’t like rock music, either.


Nà nǐ xǐ huān shén me yīn yuè.

Then what type of music do you like?


Wǒ xǐ huān liú xíng yīn yuè, yóu qí shì xī hā. Yǒu shí wǒ hái tīng tīng jué shì yuè.

I like pop music, especially hip hop. Sometimes I listen to jazz music too.

Chinese words and phrases mentioned in this Podcast:


开演唱会:give/hold a concert

粉:short for ‘粉丝’, which means ‘fans’. ‘粉’sounds more casual and more like a native speaker

不太喜欢:don’t like something very much

流行音乐:pop music

嘻哈:hip hop

说唱:rap (literally means ‘talk sing’)


乡村音乐:country music


摇滚:rock and roll


Cultural/Grammar note:

Wang Feng is a famous Chinese rock musician and composer. He was the founder and lead vocals of the rock band No. 43 Baojia Street. But he began his solo career in 2000. Many of his songs are quite popular in Mainland China, e.g. Flying Higher (飞得更高 fēi de gèng gāo) (2004), and Blooming Life (怒放的生命 nù fàng de shēng mìng) (2005). He is also a coach on The Voice of China (a Chinese reality television singing competition broadcast).

Mandarin Chinese learning resources we recommend:

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