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174: How to Talk About a Healthy Diet in Mandarin Chinese

By Learnmandarinnow

These days, when everything and everyone one seems to be in a rush, it’s so important to eat healthily. Not only is eating well good for your body in the long term but can help you lose weight and keep a better figure. Do you know how to talk with or to others about changing your food habits or diet? Make a change and take better care of yourself!

In this Podcast, you will learn:

(i) To talk about changing your diet to be more healthy

(ii) How to discuss losing weight with a friend


Two friends decide to eat healthily:


(zài jiē shàng)

(on the street)


Wǒ tīng shuō yǒu gè bù cuò de sù cài guǎn, nǐ xiǎng shì shi me?

I heard that there is a good vegetarian restaurant nearby, do you want a try it?


Zěn me? Nǐ yào chī sù la?

How come? Are you going to be a vegetarian?


Ēn, wǒ yǐ jīng kāi shǐ cháng shì le. Nǐ yě zhī dào wǒ zhèng zài jiǎn féi, chī sù zhēn de hěn yǒu bāng zhù.

Yes, I have already started trying it. You know that I am trying to lose weight, and being a vegetarian really helps.


Hǎo a. qí shí wǒ zuì jìn yě zài kòng zhì yǐn shí.

That’s great. In fact, recently I’m on a diet, too.


Nà zán men zǒu ba.

Let’s go then.

Chinese words and phrases mentioned in this Podcast:

素菜馆:vegetarian restaurant

试试:have a try

吃素:eat vegetarian



减肥:lose weight




Mandarin Chinese learning resources we recommend:

Using Italki, a unique system of learning Mandarin Chinese where you interact with real teachers, is widely recognised as an effective way to learn a new language! You’ll make more progress and learn how native Chinese speakers really speak. Plus, Italki is more affordable than offline tutors, offline schools and software, and is convenient to use at your own pace and place!

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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