Chinese Listening Practice: Benefits of WeChat

Intermediate Chinese Conversation: “The Best Thing About WeChat is…”

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It’s 2019 and just about “everyone” in China uses WeChat. (微信 wēixìn)

But what exactly is it that people like about it?

In this video, five Chinese WeChat users share their thoughts.

Press play to practise your Mandarin listening skills and find out what they think!

Interview Dialogue Breakdown

微信给你带来最大的方便是什么?

wēi xìn gěi nǐ dài lái zuì dà de fāng biàn shì shén me?

What is the greatest convenience that WeChat brings to you?

Interviewee #1:

微信给我带来最大的方便,我认为是微信支付。我可以通过微信支付来实现我的购物。比如我有时候出去外面,我会忘记带现金。那么我就可以用微信来进行支付。

wēi xìn gěi wǒ dài lái zuì dà de fāng biàn, wǒ rèn wèi shì wēi xìn zhī fù. wǒ kě yǐ tōng guò wēi xìn zhī fù lái shí xiàn wǒ de gòu wù. bǐ rú wǒ yǒu shí hòu chū qù wài miàn, wǒ huì wàng jì dài xiàn jīn. nà me wǒ jiù kě yǐ yòng wēi xìn lái jìn xíng zhī fù.

The greatest convenience Wechat brings to me... I think it's..."WeChat Pay". I can shop via Wechat. For example, sometimes when I go out, I forget to bring cash. Then I can pay via Wechat pay.


Interviewee #2:

在于方便联系吧。跟家人,朋友,什么。出去玩儿什么之类的都很方便。

zài yú fāng biàn lián xì ba. gēn jiā rén, péng yǒu, shén me. chū qù wán ér shén me zhī lèi de dōu hěn fāng biàn.

It makes it easy to contact/stay in touch with family and friends etc. And it makes things like going out and having fun easy.


Interviewee #3:

微信的功能很多。我们可以用来付款。可来用来购物,吃,喝,或者是做我们的做造型,做美发。只要有需求的地方,都可以用。

wēi xìn de gōng néng hěn duō. wǒ men kě yǐ yòng lái fù kuǎn. kě lái yòng lái gòu wù, chī, hē, huò zhě shì zuò wǒ men de zuò zào xíng, zuò měi fā. zhǐ yào yǒu xū qiú de dì fāng, dōu kě yǐ yòng.

Wechat has lots of functions. We can use it for payment. It can be used for shopping, eating, drinking, or doing our styling and hairdressing. Whatever you need it for, it can be used for.


Interviewee #4:

我觉得最大的这个方便呢,就是...可以很好地沟通我与朋友,与家人之间的这种关系啊。虽然说工作离家里非常的远,但是可以通过这种方式,依然达到那种沟通感情的目的。

wǒ jué de zuì dà de zhèi gè fāng biàn ne, jiù shì...kě yǐ hěn hǎo de gōu tōng wǒ yǔ péng yǒu, yǔ jiā rén zhī jiān de zhè zhǒng guān xì a. suī rán shuō gōng zuò lí jiā lǐ fēi cháng de yuǎn, dàn shì kě yǐ tōng guò zhè zhǒng fāng shì, yī rán dá dào nèi zhǒng gōu tōng gǎn qíng de mù dì.

I think the greatest convenience is...it really helps me stay in touch with my friends and family. Even though I work far from my home(town), we can use this way to achieve the goal of communicating our feelings.


Interviewee #5:

朋友圈是万能的。然后有时候可能你想要买一个东西,你不知道在哪里可以买到。你就可以直接在万能的朋友圈: "请问我这个可以在哪里办啊?在哪里买啊?" 肯定有人会有朋友回复你的。

péng yǒu quān shì wàn néng de. rán hòu yǒu shí hòu kě néng nǐ xiǎng yào mǎi yī gè dōng xī, nǐ bù zhī dào zài nǎ lǐ kě yǐ mǎi dào. nǐ jiù kě yǐ zhí jiē zài wàn néng de péng yǒu quān: kěn dìng yǒu rén huì yǒu péng yǒu huí fù nǐ de.

The "Friends' Circle" of Wechat is omnipotent. And sometimes you may want to buy something, and you don't know where to buy it. You can just post directly on the omnipotent "Friend's Circle" of Wechat: "qǐng wèn wǒ zhè gè kě yǐ zài nǎ lǐ bàn a? zài nǎ lǐ mǎi a?" "Where can I do this? Where can I buy it?" One of your friends will definitely reply.

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