How does one ask in Mandarin, "what are your dreams" (i.e. future ambitions)

I know that 打算 can be used for if you're planning to do something e.g. 我打算明天去看医生 so am not sure if the phrase would use this or something entirely different like a set phrase


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The term 'dream' can be a metaphor for 'goal, hope, or desire' in English. It is the same in Chinese. Therefore, translate 'What are your dreams?' as “你的梦想是什么?” is perfectly appropriate.

梦想 = dream and hope

  • Thank you! I'm too new to upvote your answer unfortunately. Jan 11, 2021 at 10:05

A few translations (some can only be used in a specific context): 你的志愿是什么? (What is your ambition?) 你对未来的梦想是什么? 你的梦想是什么? 你对未来的期许是什么? (What is/are your hope/hopes for the future?)

  • Perhaps OP would also want to know why 打算 is not appropriate in this context? Jan 12, 2021 at 6:23
  • 你对未来的打算 means what are your plans for the future? Jan 12, 2021 at 6:28
  • Not quite the same Jan 12, 2021 at 6:28
  • How about 我打算追逐自己的梦想 by way of contrasting the two terms? Jan 12, 2021 at 6:41
  • 我打算追逐自己的梦想 is fine (I plan to chase my dreams) Jan 13, 2021 at 3:08

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