Polite requests in Mandarin Chinese

How to Politely Ask Someone to Do Something in Chinese

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Need to ask for help, but don’t want to sound too “pushy”?

In this video you’ll learn 4 common ways of making polite requests in Chinese.

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Word-For-Word Breakdown of the Polite Phrases From The Video

 我只是想善意地提醒你一下 wǒ zhǐ shì xiǎng shàn yì de tí xǐng nǐ yī xià. I just wanted to kindly remind you.

  • 我 wǒ: I
  • 只是 zhǐ shì: only / just
  • 想 xiǎng: to want 
  • 善意地  shàn yì de: kindly
  • 提醒  tí xǐng: to remind
  • 你  nǐ: you
  • 一下  yī xià: a bit

麻烦你帮我签收一下快递 má fán nǐ bāng wǒ qiān shōu yī xià kuài dì. I'm sorry to bother you to help me get my express delivery.

  • 麻烦 má fán: to trouble or bother sb
  • nǐ: you
  • bāngto help 
  • me
  • 签收 qiān shōuto sign for the acceptance of sth (e.g. a delivery etc)
  • 一下 yī xiàa bit
  • 快递 kuài dìexpress delivery

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你介意帮我倒杯咖啡吗? nǐ jiè yì bāng wǒ dào bēi kā fēi ma? Would you mind helping me get a cup of coffee?

  • 你 nǐ: you
  • 介意 jiè yì: to mind
  • bāngto help 
  • me
  • dào to pour
  • bēicup
  • 咖啡  kā fēicoffee
  • maquestion particle

如果您能帮我遛狗那就完美了! rú guǒ nín néng bāng wǒ liù gǒu ,nà jiù wán měi le ! It would be perfect if you could help walk my dog!

  • 如果 rú guǒ: if
  • nín: you (courteous, as opposed to informal 你[nǐ])
  • néngcan 
  • bāngto help
  •  me
  • 遛狗 liù gǒuto walk a dog
  • that
  • jiùjust (emphasis)
  • 完美 wán měiperfect
  • leparticle

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