In your first language it comes naturally…
When a friend shares a piece of bad news with you, you’ve got a bank of stock phrases ready to leap off your tongue.
Simple phrases that show you are listening and care about their feelings:
- "My laptop crashed and I lost all my files."
- “Oh no – that’s rough!”
- "My sister had an accident. I’m not sure if she’ll be alright."
- “I’m so sorry to hear that.”
But what if someone shares bad news with you in Chinese? What do you say?
In this video you’ll hear 7 common phrases native speakers use to respond to bad news.
A Visual Summary of the Key Phrases From the Video...
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Match the Chinese phrases with their English translations.
- Oh no!
- What a pity!
- Poor you.
- That’s terrible!
- That’s rough!
- I’m so sorry to hear that.
哦，不是吧！ó，bù shì ba！
太可惜了！tài kě xī le！
真可怜！zhēn kě lián！
太糟糕了！tài zāo gāo le！
真倒霉！zhēn dǎo méi！
很抱歉听到这个消息。hěn bào qiàn tīng dào zhè gè xiāo xī.
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