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151: How to Respond to Compliments in Mandarin Chinese

By Learnmandarinnow

We all like to think that we have done a good job. It may be at work when your boss compliments you, or at home when we cook something special for someone special. Make sure you know how to give (and receive) compliments and make someone else happy!

In this Podcast, you will learn:

(i) How to give compliments to another person

(ii) To receive compliments from someone gracefully

Dialogue:

Two people are having a meal at home:

(在家里请客吃饭)

(zài jiā lǐ qǐng kè chī fàn)

(at home with a guest)

  1. Male
  2. Female

A:小丽,你做的糖醋鱼太好吃了!

Xiǎo lì, nǐ zuò de táng cù yú tài hǎo chī le!

Xiao Li, the sweet and sour fish you made is delicious.

B:谢谢,你喜欢吃我就高兴。

Xiè xie, nǐ xǐ huān chī wǒ jiù gāo xìng.

Thanks, I am glad you liked it.

A:这清炒时蔬也很爽口。

Zhè qīng chǎo shí shū yě hěn shuǎng kǒu.

The stir-fried seasonal vegetables are tasty too.

B:多谢夸奖!爱吃就别客气啊!

Duō xiè kuā jiǎng! Ài chī jiù bié kè qi ā!

Thanks for the compliments! Help yourself to some more if you like it so much.

A:还有这个丸子汤,简直是厨师级水平啊!

Hái yǒu zhè gè wán zi tāng, jiǎn zhí shì chú shī jí shuǐ píng ā!

And this meat ball soup is as good as any chef’s.

B:哪里哪里,我还有待提高。

Nǎ lǐ nǎ lǐ, wǒ hái yǒu dài tí gāo.

Thank you, but I still need to improve.

Chinese words and phrases mentioned in this Podcast:

家:home

糖醋鱼:sweet and sour fish

糖:sugar

醋:vinegar

鱼:fish

好吃:yummy/delicious

高兴:glad

清炒:stir-fried

时:short for ‘时令’ (seasonal)

蔬:short for ‘蔬菜’ (vegetable)

爽口:tasty and refreshing

夸奖:compliment

别客气:help yourself

丸子:meat ball

汤:soup

简直:absolutely/literally

厨师:chef

级:level/grade

哪里哪里:thank you

有待:await

提高:improve

Cultural/Grammar note:

‘谢谢’, ‘哪儿的话’ and ‘哪里哪里’ are very common ways to respond to someone’s compliments. ‘我还有待提高’ is another way to play them down a little.

Mandarin Chinese learning resources we recommend:

Italki Logo
Using Italki, a unique system of learning Mandarin Chinese where you interact with real teachers, is widely recognised as an effective way to learn a new language! You’ll make more progress and learn how native Chinese speakers really speak. Plus, Italki is more affordable than offline tutors, offline schools and software, and is convenient to use at your own pace and place!

 

Keats Chinese School
Keats Chinese School, which was founded in 2004, is one of the top Mandarin Chinese language schools in China, offering both one-on-one immersion Mandarin courses and small group Chinese classes. Located in Kunming, Keats develops personalised exercises and materials for students to meet their learning goals and requirements and can arrange a student visa for its 16 week course.


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