For the most part, the Changchun Friends website is not very active and has been superseded by the Tencent "Wechat" app by the local expat community. This website is maintained sporadically, people may still join and membership is still open, but if you are a spammer, stay away. The archived information here is still useful, but some may be out of date. There are plans to make it more useful for static information in the future. If anyone needs information about Changchun or China, you may post a message and it probably will get a response but not immediately.

Changchun Friends

a great way to get involved

One Chinese Sentence Everyday (12)

Bù hǎo yìsi.
Excuse me. /Sorry. 




This expression is usually used to make an apology. It indicates that the speaker is sorry for what has happened or what is going to happen, but the tone is mild.It can also mean being shy or feeling embarrassed.



     Jiă: Bù hǎo yìsi, wǒ lái wǎn le.
      A: Sorry, I'm late.

      Yǐ: Méi ɡuānxi.
      B: It doesn't matter.


      Jiă: Zhèɡe zhōumò wǒmen qù kàn diànyǐnɡ ba.
       A: Let's go to the cinema this weekend.

      Yǐ: Zhēn bù hǎo yìsi, zhèɡe zhōumò wǒ děi zhǔnbèi kǎoshì, xià zhōu zěnmeyànɡ?
      B: I really would like to go, but I have to prepare for the exam this weekend. How about next week?


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