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Coffee Break Series- How to say no to your boss

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ID: 4238 Pre Intermediate
In the coffee break series, we focus on social etiquette in business settings. In a Chinese workplace, there are certain phrases and words that we use to come off as more polite and respectful. Along the way, we will cover some common ''How do I respond to that?" moments in the office. Hopefully, by applying the knowledge you learn in real life, you can avoid miscommunication and bring your business relationships closer. In this episode, we are going to show you 5 ways to say 'no' in a workplace. What do you say when you're turning down an offer from your boss? How do you soften the blow when you're rejecting your colleague's dinner invitation? Check out the video and enjoy your coffee break with us!
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SIMPLIFIED PINYIN ENGLISH  
东方 Dōngfāng the East
直接 zhíjiē direct
方式 fāngshì way
总部 zǒngbù general headquarters
在东方文化中,我们比较喜欢用不是这么直接的方式来说"不",让别人听起来比较舒服。
zài Dōngfāng wénhuà zhōng ,wǒmen bǐjiào xǐhuan yòng bùshì zhème zhíjiē de fāngshì lái shuō "bù ",ràng biéren tīng qǐlái bǐjiào shūfu 。
In Eastern culture, we tend to be less straight forward when rejecting others. So that people won’t feel offended.
我们总部最近需要一些对营销很在行的人。你有没有兴趣?
wǒmen zǒngbù zuìjìn xūyào yīxiē duì yíngxiāo hěn zàiháng de rén 。nǐ yǒuméiyǒu xìngqù ?
Recently, our headquarter needs some people who are experienced in marketing. Would you be interested?
谢谢老板,请给我一点时间,让我考虑考虑。
xièxie lǎobǎn ,qǐng gěi wǒ yīdiǎn shíjiān ,ràng wǒ kǎolǜ kǎolǜ 。
Thank you, boss. Please give me some time. Let me think about it.
请给我一点时间,我得再想一想。
qǐng gěi wǒ yīdiǎn shíjiān ,wǒ děi zài xiǎng yī xiǎng 。
Please give me some time to think about it.
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