Whether it is for long lost relatives or new boyfriends or girlfriends, sooner or later you’ll have to do some introductions. First impressions count for a lot, so it’s vital to know how to introduce people and get them comfortable with each other.
In this Podcast, you will learn:
(i) To introduce a newcomer to family members
(ii) How to start to talk when you just meet new people
At a family get to together, introductions are being made:
(zài fàn guǎn)
(at the restaurant)
Dà wěi, zhè shì wǒ bà ba mā ma. Bà mā, zhè shì wǒ nán péng yǒu dà wěi.
Da Wei, this is my mother and father. Mum and dad, this is my boyfriend Da Wei.
Shū shu ā yí, nín men hǎo!
Uncle, auntie, hello!
À nǐ hǎo, dà wěi.
Ah, hello, Da Wei.
Dì yī cì jiàn miàn, bù zhī dào gěi nín èr lǎo dài diǎn er shén me. Jiù mǎi le xiē yíng yǎng pǐn hé shuǐ guǒ. Zhè xiē shì gěi nín de.
As it’s the first time to meet you, I didn’t know what to bring for you. So I just brought these health products and some fruits. These are for you.
Hāi, zhè hái zi zhè me kè qi gàn má. Zhēn gòu dǒng shì er de. Lái zuò ba.
Oh, you shouldn’t have. Really thoughtful. Come and sit here.
Xiè xie shū shu ā yí.
Thank you, uncle and auntie.
Chinese words and phrases mentioned in this Podcast:
懂事：thoughtful and sensible
When you first meet your boyfriend/girlfriend’s parents, you could call them ‘叔叔／伯父(bó fù)’ and ‘阿姨／伯母(bó mǔ)’, which is ‘uncle’ and ‘auntie’.
‘二老’ (which literally means ‘two old’) is a polite way to call someone’s parents or grandparents.
‘这么客气干嘛’ is a very common way to respond if someone brings you gifts. It basically means ‘why are you being so polite? You didn’t need to’.
‘这孩子’ is how the older generation call young people; he/she doesn’t have to be the older person’s child.
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