Politely refusing 婉言拒绝

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Episode 16 - Slimy Limey 油嘴滑舌

Anna and Denise are flapping following the call from Mr Lime asking Anna out to lunch. She wants to say no, but doesn」t want to sound rude.

Her dilemma is how to turn him down politely. She finally plucks up the courage to call him, but how does he respond?

Language for politely refusing 婉言拒絕他人請求的語言

This week's programme focuses on politely refusing a request to do something.

Phrases from the programme:

Thank you for your offer. But I'm really sorry, I won't be able to.


I'm afraid it」s against company policy


It wouldn't be appropriate.


With regret, I'm going to have to say no.