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:






唱K:sing Karaoke

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.

好啊:Okay, great!


这周日:this Sunday


11点:11 o’clock


真: really

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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Narrated by Song Liu

Our Podcast narrator, is a native Chinese speaker and is originally from Beijing, China and is keen to help you get ahead with learning. She graduated from San Francisco State University with a Master of Arts in Communication Studies. Song also hosted a Mandarin live call-in news and music radio show in the Bay Area.

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