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183: How to Talk About Difficult Decisions in Mandarin Chinese

By Learnmandarinnow

We all make decisions every day; in fact, more like every few seconds or minutes. Some are minor and may be about what to eat; some are major and may affect our income or livelihood. In the latter case it’s best to talk them through with someone close to us. Learn how to discuss such topics with others in Mandarin Chinese…

In this Podcast, you will learn:

(i) How to discuss a difficult decision you wish to make

(ii) To talk with others about what you’d like to do


A husband and wife are talking at home:(在家吃饭)

(zài jiā chī fàn)

(having dinner at home)


Lǎo gōng, wǒ, wǒ xiǎng cí zhí.

Hubby, I want to quit work.


Zěn me le, gōng zuò bù shùn xīn?

How come? Are you not happy at work?


Bù shì. Wǒ jué de nǚ ér hái xiǎo, wǒ xiǎng duō huā xiē shí jiān péi tā. Wǒ kǎo lǜ le hěn jiǔ, dàn zhè shì gè hěn dà de jué dìng, wǒ děi hé nǐ shāng liàng.

No, it’s that I think our daughter is still too young. I want to spend more time with her. I have been thinking about this for a long time, but this is a very big decision. I need to discuss it with you.


En, nǐ shuō de duì, wǒ zhī chí nǐ de jué dìng.

You are right, I support your decision.

Chinese words and phrases mentioned in this Podcast:

辞职:quit a job

顺心:everything goes well as you wish

不顺心:indicates not happy


还小:literally means ‘still too small’; in this context it indicates ‘age’


花:has lots of meanings; in this phrase it means ‘spend’



得:need to

考虑:consider/think it over


商量:discuss/talk it over


Cultural/Grammar note:

When you need to discuss something with someone, you can use the following sentences:


Yǒu jiàn shì qíng wǒ xiǎng hé nǐ shāng liàng.

I want to discuss something with you.


Yǒu jiàn shì qíng wǒ kǎo lǜ le hěn jiǔ.

I have been thinking about something for a long time.

Mandarin Chinese learning resources we recommend:

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