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How To Sound Polite

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ID: QW0440 Intermediate
  Long term users of ChinesePod, Mingmao (Christine), joins us in the "studio" this week to ask her Qing Wen question in person. When taking pronunciation classes from her teacher, Mingmao discovered that certain phrases made her sound a bit rude or harsh. Today we try and help you figure out how to sound as polite as possible in a Chinese conversation, which will be especially useful when socialising and making friends.
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qǐngwèn nǐmen zài xiào shénme ?
May I ask what you are laughing at?
nǐmen zài xiào shénme ,kěyǐ gàosu wǒ ma ?
What are you laughing at, can you tell me?
bùhǎoyìsi ,wǒ méi tīng dǒng ,kěyǐ jiěshì gěi wǒ tīng ma ?
Excuse me, I didn't understand what you said, can you explain it to me?
wǒ kě bu kěyǐ wèn nǐ yī gè bǐjiào sīrén de wèntí ?
May I ask you a more personal question?
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