In any crowded city, good manners are often in short supply. Most people are tense and stressed. Yet, there is always a place for courtesy and good behaviour and it will be helpful if you can learn to speak with your colleagues and friend, even strangers, about good and bad manners!
In this Podcast, you will learn:
(i) To demonstrate that you have good manners
(ii)How to insist upon doing something which someone politely rejects the first time
A pregnant woman is standing on the underground train:
(zài dì tiě shàng)
(on the underground)
Nǚ shì, nín zuò zhè er ba.
Ma’am, you can sit here.
À, bù yòng la. Wǒ jiù lǐang zhàn jiù xià.
Oh, it’s okay. I only have two stops to go.
Zuò ba, zuò ba, bù yào kè qi.
Please sit, you’re so welcome to.
Hǎo, xiè xie nǐ.
Okay, thank you.
(zài diàn yǐng yuàn)
(at the cinema)
Āi, xiān sheng, nín zěn me jiā sāi er a?
Hey sir, how can you cut in line?
A, duì bù qǐ, duì bù qǐ, wǒ tài zhāo jí le, méi kàn jiàn duì.
Oh, sorry, sorry. I was in such a hurry that I didn’t see the line.
Nǐ děi qù hòu mian er pái duì.
You need to line up at the back.
Chinese words and phrases mentioned in this Podcast:
给孕妇让座：giving up your seat to a pregnant lady
下：get off the train
不要客气：don’t be too polite
加塞儿／插队：cut in line (加塞儿is more casual)
后面：at the back
Chinese people are indirect and sometimes they are overly polite. Even though the lady would like to sit in this conversation, she would still say ‘不用了’, so don’t give up when you hear that. If you offer it to her again, she will probably take the seat.
‘让座’ is courtesy and ‘插队’ is really rude.
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