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Introduction
Eric: Welcome to 3-Minute Chinese Season 1, Lesson 6 - Refusing Politely. In this lesson, you’ll learn how to politely refuse an invite in Chinese.
Body
Eric: Here's the formal way to say "no, thank you" in Chinese.
Cho: [Normal] 不,谢谢。(bù, xièxiè.)
Eric: First is a word meaning "no”
Cho: [Normal] 不 [Slow] 不 (bù)
Eric: Last is the word meaning "thanks"
Cho: [Normal] 谢谢 [Slow] 谢谢(xièxie)
Eric: Listen again to the formal phrase meaning "No, thank you."
Cho: [Slow] 不,谢谢。 [Normal] 不,谢谢。
Eric: Ok, now let's take a look at the formal way to say "It's okay."
Cho: [Normal] 没关系。(méi guānxì)
Eric: First is a word meaning "no"
Cho: [Normal] 没 [Slow] 没 (méi)
Eric: Last is the noun for "relationship"
Cho: [Normal] 关系 [Slow] 关系(guānxì)
Eric: Listen again to the formal phrase meaning "It's okay."
Cho: [Slow] 没关系。 [Normal] 没关系。
Eric: Following is the formal way to say "I already have plans."
Cho: [Normal] 我已经有计划了。(wǒ yǐjīng yǒu jìhuà le.)
Eric: First is a pronoun meaning "I"
Cho: [Normal] 我 [Slow] 我(wǒ)
Eric: Next is the adverb meaning "already"
Cho: [Normal] 已经 [Slow] 已经(yǐjīng)
Eric: Next is the verb meaning "to have"
Cho: [Normal] 有 [Slow] 有(yǒu)
Eric: Then comes the noun for "plan"
Cho: [Normal] 计划 [Slow] 计划(jìhuà)
Eric: Last is the particle indicating a state.
Cho: [Normal] 了 [Slow] 了(le)
Eric: Listen again to the formal phrase meaning "I already have plans."
Cho: [Slow] 我已经有计划了。 [Normal] 我已经有计划了。
Eric: Finally, here is an informal way to say "Sorry, but I already have plans."
Cho: [Normal] 不好意思, 但是我已经有计划了。(bù hǎoyìsi, dànshì wǒ yǐjīng yǒu jìhuàle.)
Eric: First is a word meaning "no"
Cho: [Normal] 不 [Slow] 不(bù)
Eric: Next is the adjective meaning "good"
Cho: [Normal] 好 [Slow] 好(hǎo)
Eric: Then comes the word for "meaning"
Cho: [Normal] 意思 [Slow] 意思(yìsi)
Eric: Followed by the conjunction meaning "but"
Cho: [Normal] 但是 [Slow] 但是(dànshì)
Eric: And last is the expression meaning "I already have plans."
Cho: [Normal] 我已经有计划了。 [Slow] 我已经有计划了。(wǒ yǐjīng yǒu jìhuà le.)
Eric: Listen again to the informal phrase meaning "Sorry, but I already have plans."
Cho: [Slow] 不好意思, 但是我已经有计划了。 [Normal] 不好意思, 但是我已经有计划了。
Cultural Insight
Eric: Now it's time for a quick cultural insight.
Cho: In China, if a person’s invitation gets turned down, it’s not common for that person to push for more details regarding why their invitation was declined. Also, if you have to refuse an invitation in China, it's considered better to state the real reason you cannot go rather than making up a lie. So keep these things in mind, listeners!

Outro

Eric: And that’s all for this lesson. Don’t forget to check out the lesson notes, and we’ll see you in the next lesson!
Cho: 再见。

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Monday at 06:30 PM
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Hey Listeners! How would you refuse an invitation? Let's practice.

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Wednesday at 11:58 PM
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你好 robert groulx,


谢谢 for posting and studying with us. If you have any questions, please let us know.😄


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robert groulx
Sunday at 12:19 AM
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thank you for the lesson transcript


(bù, xièxiè.)


robert

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Friday at 10:16 PM
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Hello 惠伦 朱尔斯,


Thank you for your comment. Yes you can use 对不起 instead of 不好意思. But note that the tone of 对不起 is stronger, and more formal.


As always, let us know if you have any questions.


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惠伦 朱尔斯
Thursday at 06:48 AM
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不,谢谢。我已经有计划了。


can you use 对不起 instead of 不好意思 in

"不好意思,但是我已经有计划了" ?

Thank you.


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Monday at 04:03 PM
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Hi John


Memorizing Chinese characters is one of the most difficult parts in learning Chinese. Writing isn't that challenging, but just looks hard at the beginning. After you practice a few times for each character, repeating them isn't that hard. If you take longer time to write each, that's fine for this stage. Once you get familiar with 20-30 Chinese radicals ( the basic parts ), you have easier time in writing later on, if not in memorizing. In short, writing is an important part for any language learning.


Thanks for learning with us. Let us know if you have any other questions.


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john00
Saturday at 11:07 PM
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getting difficulties when writing Chinese characters

john00
Saturday at 11:06 PM
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am getting much difficulties in writing Chinese character

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Wednesday at 11:15 PM
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Hi, Efrem,


Perfect!

Or you can say, 谢谢你的邀请,我非常想去,但是我已经有计划了。(Xièxie nǐ de yāoqǐng , Wǒ fēicháng xiǎngqù, dànshì Wǒ yǐjīng yǒujìhuá le .)

Thank you for your invitation, I'm really what to go, but I've already had a plan that day.


Cho

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Efrem
Sunday at 11:40 AM
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我已经有计划了。

不,谢谢。

Steven
Friday at 09:16 AM
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