thodge

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From :   Tony Hodge

Date : 2007-10-10 / 02:02PM

Ni hao Benny,
In the lesson on verbs when asking for Ka Fei, in English it sounds like more of a demand. Is this how it sounds in Mandarin also?
Is there a more polite way of saying Wo yao ka fei that locals use?
I don’t want to try this in Shanghai and have people think I’m being impolite.
xie xie, Tony

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managerbenny

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 Benny bennysland.com 
2007-10-10 / 04:06PM

Ni hao Tony. That’s a very good question.

First of all, I would say that locals here do say “wo yao ka fei”, and don’t worry, people would not think you are impolite. It’s a very normal saying. secondly, I think sometimes whether is polite really depends on the way and the tone of saying.

But we do have another very polite way to say it: “qing gei wo ka fei”, which literally means “please offer me coffee”.

Happy to see you more questions!

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thodge

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 Tony Hodge on2design.com.au 
2007-10-10 / 08:24PM

Benny, Shanghai ren hen hao.

xie xie ni

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