Relevant Content
We'll always make sure you know exactly what the lesson is about. You will easily understand whether it is relevant for you.

A Formal Apology

Great Hosts
Here at ChinesePod, all our lessons are presented in an entertaining manner by our great hosts. You'll find language learners, teachers, and even professors sharing their insights, ideas, and teaching methods in our video and audio lessons.
Brief Lesson Summaries
A brief introduction of the lesson will always tell you what this lesson is about and what language level is the intended target. If you're interested in the subject, but might not be able to understand it in full, fear not; we have transcripts of lesson dialogues vocabulary so you can follow along.
IN THIS LESSON
ID: 2474 Upper Intermediate
When you need to write a formal apology letter, it is important to do it correctly. How can you impress the recipient with the graveness of your error and yet keep it appropriately dignified? Listen in as one student receives advice on how to compose the perfect apology letter.
Awesome Materials
Our lessons contain natural communication in Chinese in video and audio format. We have have lessons focused on video or a podcast format and our lessons have transcripts of Lesson Dialogues, Important Vocabulary, Expanded Materials for a deep dive into the lesson topic and Exercises focused on testing your retention.
Detailed Vocabulary
Each lesson has it's unique vocabulary and will provide you with definitions and recordings so you can practice the pronunciation. You will also be able to grasp the core material of a lesson at a glance. Here we're showing you the Simplified Chinese version.
SIMPLIFIED PINYIN ENGLISH  
致歉信 zhìqiànxìn apology letter
赔礼 péilǐ to offer an apology
坦率 tǎnshuài frankly
平息 píngxī to cool down (anger) to quiet down
昨天踢球把学校员工宿舍一楼的一块玻璃给踢碎了。老师说要我写封致歉信,正式赔礼道歉。我从来没写过,这怎么写呀?
zuótiān tī qiú bǎ xuéxiào yuángōng sùshè yī lóu de yī kuài bōli gěi tī suì le 。lǎoshī shuō yào wǒ xiě fēng zhīqiànxìn ,zhèngshì péilǐ dàoqiàn 。wǒ cónglái méi xiě guo ,zhè zěnme xiě ya ?
When I was playing soccer yesterday, I broke a section of glass in the first floor of the school's staff dormitory. The teacher said I have to write an apology letter to formally apologize. I have never written one before. How do I write it?
这个容易。首先,要坦率地承认自己的错误,使对方的怒气平息下来。然后分析自己犯错的原因,述说自己的难处。再恳请对方理解,原谅你的过失。
zhè ge róngyì 。shǒuxiān ,yào tǎnshuài de chéngrèn zìjǐ de cuòwù ,shǐ duìfāng de nùqì píngxī xiàlai 。ránhòu fēnxī zìjǐ fàncuò de yuányīn ,shùshuō zìjǐ de nánchu 。zài kěnqǐng duìfāng lǐjiě ,yuánliàng nǐ de guòshī 。
That's easy. First, you need to frankly admit your mistake to make the other person cool down from his anger. Afterwards analyze the reasons you made the mistake, and give an account of your difficulties. Then earnestly request the other person to understand and forgive your error.
我能想到的道歉的话就是三个字——“对不起”。
wǒ néng xiǎngdào de dàoqiàn de huà jiùshì sān gè zì ——“duìbuqǐ ”。
The three words of apology that I can think of are this --"Sorry".
当然还有技巧呢。你要夸大自己的过错。
dāngrán háiyǒu jìqiǎo ne 。nǐ yào kuādà zìjǐ de guòcuò 。
There's more skill to it than that of course. You need to exaggerate your mistake.
Natural Dialogues
Each lesson is centered around a natural dialogue with key vocabulary directly prepared and translated for your use. You can also listen to each sentence as an individual recording to improve your listening and comprehension skills.
Try For Free
ChinesePod is 100% Free to Try. Create an account today and get started!