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Funerals and Consolation

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ID: 1589 Intermediate
When a friend or co-worker tells you a relative has passed away, what do you say? You could probably use some help in this delicate situation. For one thing, you don't say "I'm sorry" in Mandarin. Learn how to offer your consolation the Chinese way in this lesson.
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请假 qǐngjià to request time off
怎么回事 zěnmehuíshì 'what happened?'
去世 qùshì to pass away
老家 lǎojiā hometown
Zhāng jīnglǐ ,wǒ yào qǐng yī xīngqī jià 。
Mr. Zhang, I'd like to take a week off.
ò ?zěnmehuíshì ?
Oh? What happened?
wǒ nǎinai qùshì le 。wǒ yào huí lǎojiā cānjiā zànglǐ 。
My grandmother passed away. I have to go back home and attend the funeral.
ò ,shēnglǎobìngsǐ bù yóu rén ,nǐ yě bié tài nánguò 。
Oh. You can't control things like this. Try not to feel too upset.
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