Sometimes your friends wish to see you at weekends. Maybe invite you to join them for some fun. But what if you can’t go? If you have another appointment? Find out how to listen to their invitation and reply.
In this Podcast, you will learn:
(1) How to decline an invitation to go somewhere
(2) To explain just why you can’t go
Dialogue: If your friend asks you to join then for some fun, we’re sure you’d like to go. But what if you can’t?
A- 娜娜，你和我们一起去唱KTV吧？ Nana, would you like to go to KTV together with us?
B- 好啊，什么时候？ Great! When?
A- 这周日中午11点。 This Sunday, 11.00am
B- 呦，真对不起，周日我得加班！我去不了。 Oh, I am really sorry, I need to work over-time. I can’t go.
A- 哦，没事儿。那下次吧。 Oh, that’s okay. Next time then.
Chinese words and phrases mentioned in this Podcast:
吧：in Chinese whenever you have a command with the subject “we,” you’re basically just saying, “let’s (do something).” 吧 (ba) just makes the suggestion sound more tentative and more polite.
对不起：sorry 加班：work over-time
我得加班：I have to work over-time
我去不了：I can’t go
没事：no worries, that’s all right
那下次吧：next time then
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