How to Avoid Answering Questions in Chinese

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Ever been asked a nosy or annoying question in Chinese? 

In this video I share a few different ways you could deal with that type of situation...

5 Ways to Avoid Answering Questions in Chinese
(A summary of the phrases from the video)

#1 Answer with a question

- 你猜猜看?nǐ cāi cāi kàn?

Can you guess?

- 你觉得呢?nǐ jué de ne?

What do you think?

- 你问这个干嘛呀?nǐ wèn zhè gè gàn ma ya?

Why are you asking this?

- 这个嘛,怎么说呢?zhè gè ma, zěn me shuō ne?

This... How should I put it?

#2 "I Will Tell You Later"

- 我下次告诉你。wǒ xià cì gào sù nǐ.

I will tell you next time.

- 让我想想,再回答你。ràng wǒ xiǎng xiǎng, zài huí dá nǐ.

Let me think about it and get back to you with an answer.

- 哎呀!我的记性不好,等我想起来了,下次再跟你说吧!āi ya! wǒ de jì xìng bù hǎo, děng wǒ xiǎng qǐ lái le, xià cì zài gēn nǐ shuō ba!

Oops! My memory is bad. I will tell you later when I remember it.

- 这个我要问问我老公,改天告诉你。zhè gè wǒ yào wèn wèn wǒ lǎo gōng, gǎi tiān gào sù nǐ.

Well... I need to ask my husband. I'll tell you another day.

#3 Saying "Long Story..."

- 这说来话长。zhè shuō lái huà cháng.

It's a long story...

- 太复杂了,没办法说清楚。tài fù zá le, méi bàn fǎ shuō qīng chǔ.

It’s complicated and hard to explain clearly.

- 这个嘛,不是三言两语能说清楚的。zhè gè ma, bù shì sān yán liǎng yǔ néng shuō qīng chǔ de.

Well... It's not easy to explain this clearly in just a few words.

- 一言难尽!yī yán nán jìn!

It’s hard to explain in a few words (idiom).

#4 "I Can't Tell You"

- 抱歉,我不能告诉你。bào qiàn, wǒ bù néng gào sù nǐ.

Sorry, I can’t tell you.

- 不好意思,我不方便说。bù hǎo yì sī, wǒ bù fāng biàn shuō.

Sorry, I don’t feel comfortable talking about it.

- 不好意思,我记性不好。bù hǎo yì sī, wǒ jì xìng bù hǎo.

Sorry, I got a bad memory.

- 抱歉,我现在很忙。bào qiàn, wǒ xiàn zài hěn máng.

Sorry, I’m so buy right now.

- 对不起,我赶时间。duì bù qǐ, wǒ gǎn shí jiān.

Sorry, I’m in a hurry.

- 这是个秘密。zhè shì gè mì mì.

It’s a secret.

- 没什么可说的。méi shén me kě shuō de.

There’s nothing to say about it.

#5 "Stop Asking Me!"

- 别问我了!bié wèn wǒ le!

Stop asking me!

- 够了!不要再问我了!gòu le! bù yào zài wèn wǒ le!

Enough! Don't ask me any more!

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