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How to ask someone’s plans

This video focuses on how to ask about your friend's plans and different means of transportation.

This video focuses on how to ask about your friend’s plans and different means of transportation.

The following expressions are what you can use to talk about the topic of travelling plans.


  • 你打算做什么? (Nǐ dǎsuàn zuò shénme?) What do you plan to do?
  • 我打算去西安看兵马俑。 (Wǒ dǎsuàn qù Xī’ān kàn Bīngmǎyǒng.) I plan to go to Xi’an to visit Terracotta Army.
  • 你打算什么时候去? (Nǐ dǎsuàn shénme shíhòu qù?) When do you plan to go?
  • 我打算9月30号去。 (Wǒ dǎsuàn 9 yuè 30 hào qù.) I plan to go there on September 30.
  • 你打算怎么去西安? (Nǐ dǎsuàn zěnme qù Xī’ān?) How do you plan to go to Xi’an?
  • 我打算坐火车去西安。 (Wǒ dǎsuàn zuò huǒchē qù Xī’ān.) I plan to travel to Xi’an by train.
“坐(zuò) + a means of transportation”is used to express taking a certain kind of transportation in Chinese.
For instance,
  • 坐飞机(zuò fēijī) to travel by air
  • 坐火车(zuò huǒchē) to travel by train
  • 坐高铁(zuò gāotiě) to travel by high speed train
  • 坐公共汽车(zuò gōnggòngqìchē) to take a bus
  • 坐出租车(zuò chūzūchē) (in speaking, you can also say “打车(dǎchē)”.) to take a taxi
  • 坐船(zuòchuán) to take a boat

Please pay attention, this phrase is put before the verb “去(qù, go)”.

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