Every culture has its differences with other cultures—it’s the way we are brought up and the social environment we live in. It’s always helpful to be aware of some of the differences with other cultures—and even better if you know how to talk about them with others!
In this Podcast, you will learn:
(i) How to talk about cultural differences between people in one country and another
(ii) To mention some of the cultural differences you have observed
Two people are discussing cultural differences:
(zài kā fēi tīng)
(at the café)
Zhōng Guó hé Měi Guó de wén huà dōu yǒu nǎ xiē bù tóng?
What are some of the differences between Chinese and American cultures?
Tài duō le. Bǐ rú, Měi Guó rén bù quàn jiǔ. Rǔ guǒ nǐ bī zhe bié rén hē jiǔ gān bēi, shì hěn bù lǐ mào de xíng wéi.
Oh.., so many. For example, American people don’t urge others to drink. If you force other people to drink or “bottoms up”, it is considered very impolite.
Òu, hái yǒu ne?
Hái yǒu, Zhōng Guó rén xǐ huān hē rè shuǐ, rè chá, Měi Guó rén yī bān dōu hē bīng shuǐ. Āi, zhōng měi wén huà chā yì hěn dà la, yī jù liǎng jù shuō bù wán de!
Hmm…, Chinese like to drink hot water and hot tea, Americans often drink ice water. Hey, there are lots of differences between Chinese and American cultures. Can’t finish them in one or two sentences.
Chinese words and phrases mentioned in this Podcast:
一句两句说不完：can’t finish explaining in one or two sentences
中美：a short version of ‘中国和美国’, it is more formal
‘A和B有哪些不同’ is how you ask to compare two things.
‘劝酒’ is part of traditional Chinese culture. If someone says bottoms up to you, you need to do this literally, not only take a sip. You need to drink it up to show that you respect and want to be friends with that person. In fact, you can usually hear this sentence in a restaurant:
Shì péng yǒu jiù gān bēi.
If we are friends, bottoms up.
But, nowadays, there are some people who are more considerate, they would say:
Wǒ gān bēi, nín suí yì
I will bottoms up, you can do whatever, it’s up to you.
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