Business dinners are a mainstay of business life in China, and you really need to be on your best behaviour and be aware of certain aspects of cultural etiquette. Get ready to learn how to talk about matters such as seating arrangements and toasting, so you can impress your business colleagues next time you meet them!
In this Podcast, you will learn:
(i) How to help someone order a meal to their liking
(ii) To find out about certain do’s and don’ts when at a business meting
Several business diners are ready to order their meal:
(zài cān tīng)
(at the restaurant)
Lái lái lái, dà jiā kàn kan cài dān.
Come one everybody, take a look at the menu.
Wà, zhè cài kàn qǐ lái dōu bù cuò.
Wow, these dishes all look really nice.
Xiǎng chī shén me? Hǎi xiān?
What do you like to eat? Seafood?
Wǒ bù chī hǎi xiān, wǒ duì hǎi xiān guò mǐn.
I can’t eat seafood. I am allergic to it.
Òu, nà jiù bù diǎn hǎi xiān. Hái yǒu hěn duō bié de cài, xiǎng chī shén me suí biàn diǎn, bié kè qi.
Oh, let’s not order seafood then. There are many other dishes. You are welcome to order whatever you want to eat.
Chinese words and phrases mentioned in this Podcast:
看看：take a look at
对……过敏：be allergic to something
别客气：you are welcome
In this Podcast, we introduce some Chinese business table manners: in general, the most important person should sit facing the door.
When toasting individuals at the table, you need to stand up and use both hands to hold the glass. Also, it is polite to put your glass at a lower level than the people older than you, or your boss.
There are also some other things to mention about ‘敬酒的顺序’ (the order of toasting). Usually, if you are not the main host of the event, you can’t make the first toast. You need to wait until after the main host and the guest make their toast.
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