对老外说“ Can you speak Chinese ”是不礼貌的?

2019-12-16 16:07:17  每日学英语

​You already know to say “Please”, “Thank you,” and “Excuse me” – but here are more ways to make your English sound more polite!我们都已经知道说话带“Please”,“Thank you”和“Excuse me”是一种礼貌方式,今天我们再来一起学习一些让你说话更礼貌的表达!

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Don’t Say : Can you speak Chinese

Say:Do you speak Chinese?

Or (当你已知某人是会中文的): Would/Could you speak Chinese,please?

我们都知道can是“能”的意思,所以用can提问就多少有点询问对方是否有某些能力的意思,但其实你并不想知道对方有没有掌握中文的能力,只是简单问会不会说。这么看来,这个问句就带有些许质疑别人能力的意味,老外多少会觉得不舒服。而用do则语气上缓和了许多。

 

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2

Don’t Say: I Want A Hamburger.

Say: I’d Like A Hamburger.

Or: I’ll Have A Hamburger, Please.

“I want” sounds like a demand, as if you are commanding the other person to fulfill your desires. “I’d like” is a more polite and diplomatic phrase. When ordering food and drinks, we often use “I’ll have…”

“I want”听起来就像是命令,好像你在要求别人满足你的需求一样。“I’d like”则是一种更礼貌的交往用语。当点餐时,我们经常用“I’ll have…”。

 

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3

Don’t Say: Send Me The Report.

Say: Could You Send Me The Report?

To maintain good relationships with coworkers, it’s best not to use imperatives (starting a sentence directly with a verb like “Reply to my e-mail,” “Go to the bank,” “Finish this project.”)

为了和同事保持良好的关系,最好不要使用祈使句(以动词开头,像是“回复我的邮件”“去银行”“完成项目”)

Instead, make requests with the phrases, Could you…? and Could you please…?

而是应该用Could you…?或者Could you please…?来提出请求。

 

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4

Don’t Say: Go Away. / Leave Me Alone.

Say: Could You Give Me A Minute?

Or: Sorry – I’m A Bit Busy Right Now.

If a colleague approaches you at a bad time and you want the person to leave, use the phrases in green. “Could you give me a minute?” is for when you just need a few moments to finish up what you’re working on, and then you’ll talk with the colleague.

如果你的同事在一个非常不好的时机来找你,你想让他离开,用一些平和的短语。“Could you give me a minute?”用在当你需要一些时间去完成你手头的活儿,之后你会去找你的同事谈话时。

You can use the other phrase, “Sorry – I’m a bit busy right now” when you’re in the middle of work that can’t be interrupted. You can follow up with “Can we talk a little later?” and agree on a time when you’re both available.

你也可以用“Sorry – I’m a bit busy right now”,当你正处于工作中不能被打扰时。接着说一句“Can we talk a little later?”,然后约一个你们俩都有空的时间。

 

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5

Don’t Say: Tell Me When You’re Available.

Say: Let Me Know When You’re Available.

“Let me know” is a nicer and more indirect way to say “tell me.” It’s a casual way to ask for some information. Alternatively, you could simply ask the question, “When are you available?”

“Let me know”是一个说“tell me”的更友善不那么直接的方式。这是一种随意舒适的询问信息的方式。或者,你可以更简单的问:“When are you available?”。

 

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6

Don’t Say: I Don’t Like The Colors In This Design.

Say: I’m Not Too Fond Of The Colors In This Design.

Or: I’d Prefer To Use Different Colors In This Design.

When reviewing work, avoid statements like “I don’t like…” Instead, you can use a more indirect form like “I’m not too fond of…” or “I’m not a fan of…” Another option is to state what you want to see instead: “I’d prefer…” or “I’d rather…”

当查看工作时,避免使用“I don’t like…”。而是应该用一些不那么直接的方式,像是“I’m not too fond of…”或者“I’m not a fan of…”或者,你直接说明你的设想:“I’d prefer…” 或“I’d rather…”

 

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