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181: How to Talk About Films You Like in Mandarin Chinese

By Learnmandarinnow

Watching films is very popular in China, either at home or in the cinema. There are so many types and genre of films that sometimes it’s hard to choose. Have a think about your own favourites and work out how many different types of films you enjoy!

In this Podcast, you will learn:

(i) How to talk about certain types of films

(ii) To discuss which actors and directors you prefer


Film fans are talking about their favourites:


(zài jiē shàng)

(on the street)


Nǐ xǐ huān kàn wǔ xiá piān me?

Do you like to watch Chinese swordsman films?


Xǐ huān a. dàn yǒu xiē jù qíng biān de tài kuā zhāng de, wǒ jiù bù ài kàn le.

I do. But some plots are overly dramatic. Then, I don’t like to watch them.


Nǐ xǐ huān kàn shuí dǎo de?

Which director’s films do you like?


Xú Kè. Tā pāi le hěn duō jīng diǎn wǔ xiá piān er, ér qiě tā xuǎn de yǎn yuán wǒ yě hěn xǐ huān.

Xu Ke. He has directed a lot of classic Chinese swordsman films. And I like the actors he selects, too.

Chinese words and phrases mentioned in this Podcast:

武侠片:a unique type of Chinese film, literally means ‘Chinese swordsman film’

功夫片:Kung Fu film which has lots of Kung Fu combat


编:refers to ‘写’ in this context, write

夸张:exaggerate, overly dramatic, almost unreal



你喜欢看谁导的(电影/片儿):Which director’s films do you like?


拍片儿/拍电影:shoot a film




Cultural/Grammar note:

‘武侠片’ is slightly different from ‘功夫片’. ‘武侠片’; it has lots of action in it but is more dramatic than that in a ‘Kung Fu movie’. The stories in ‘武侠片’usually happen in an ancient China dynasty, and you can see actors wearing ancient Chinese costumes, holding swords and flying over trees or houses chasing each other.

Xu Ke is a well-known Hong Kong director and producer with a good reputation in directing ‘武侠片’.

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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