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.

謝謝你的邀請。不過我真的沒法兒去。

I'm afraid it」s against company policy

抱歉,這是公司的規矩,不能違反。

It wouldn't be appropriate.

這個不合適/不恰當。

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

非常遺憾,我得說不。