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Learn Chinese Dining Etiquette

Many foreigners doesnt understand Chinese culture,especially eating manner.So it have a bit difficulties for them to learn Chinese.Whereas,table is a good place for foreigners to learn Chinese language and custom.
An American "学生 (xusheng) student" traveled to China and was having dinner with his Chinese friends. His "老师 (lǎoshī) teacher" asked him what he thought of Chinese language and the Chinese people. The student said: "I notice that Chinese people fight three times at the '餐桌 (cānzhuō) dining table.' Can you tell me why?"
His teacher said:You should learn Chinese culture more serious.Then he pxplained: The first "打架 (dǎji) fight" is for "the seat of honor." In China, Chinese people pay much attention to the seating arrangement during dinner. People who should be given the "主座 (zhǔzu) seat of honor" will courteously decline. Generally, round tables are used at Chinese banquets and the seat facing the "入口 (rkǒu) entrance" is the seat of honor. The seats on the left hand side of the seat of honor are second, fourth, fifth, sixth, etc.
The second "fight" is about who will be the first to eat. After all the dishes are served, people often courteously decline to be the first to "品尝 (pǐnchng) taste" the dishes. Usually, people will "邀请 (yāoqǐng) invite" the "客人 (krn) guest" to eat first. After the guests taste the food, everyone begins eating.
After the dinner, everyone "fights" to pay the bill. Unlike many western cultures, Chinese people usually dont like "AA制 (AA zh) going Dutch," and they prefer to follow the practice of this time is my treat, and next time is your treat.
Key Learning Chinese Points:
打架 (dǎji): n/v. fight/to fight
"打架 (dǎji)" can both be a noun and a verb, but is more often used as a verb. In this Chinese lesson, "打架 (dǎji)" doesn't mean to fight with physical force.
Example to learn Chinese:
Ddi hěn guāi, cngli b h xiǎo pngyou dǎji.
弟弟 很 乖, 从来 不 和 小 朋友 打架。
My younger brother is well behaved, and he never fights with his friends.
客人 (krn): n. guest
Example to learn Chinese:
Jim, krn dōu dole ma?
Wife: Jim, 客人 都 到了 吗?
Jim, have our guests arrived?
Do le.
Husband: 到了。
Learning Chinese Vocabulary:
学生 (xusheng) n. student
老师 (lǎoshī) n. teacher
请客 (qǐngk) n/v. treat/to treat
品尝 (pǐnchng) v. to taste

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