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Table Manners in the West

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ID: 1983 Upper Intermediate
It's well-known that table manners can vary a bit from culture to culture, and that Chinese table manners can sometimes be interpreted as "interesting" abroad. But a new generation of well-educated Chinese travelers are ready to shed that old image. In this lesson, listen in on a discussion on this very topic.
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讲究 jiǎngjiu to be particular about
鄙视 bǐshì to look down on
教养 jiàoyǎng upbringing
淑女 shūnǚ gentlewoman, lady
Xiǎo Měi ,nǐ wǎnshang xiǎng chī shénme ?wǒ qǐng nǐ chīfàn ,tì nǐ jiēfēngxǐchén 。
Xiao Mei, what do you want to eat tonight? I’ll treat you since you’ve come all this way to visit.
jìrán dào le Měiguó ,dāngrán yào chángchang dìdào de xīcān lo 。
Now that I’m in America I want to try out some local Western food, of course.
hǎo a ,jiù xīcān le 。
OK. Western food it is.
bùguò ,wǒ yǒudiǎnr pà pà de 。chī xīcān shìbushì yǒu hěn duō jiǎngjiu a ?wǒ pà dào shíhou huì chūyángxiàng ,diū liǎn diū dào nǐmen Měiguó lái le 。
But I’m a bit worried. Aren’t there a lot of things to think about when you eat Western food? I’m nervous that when the time comes I’ll make a spectacle of myself and lose tons of face.
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