Learn the social functions of compliments and compliments and compliment responses
Learn the differences between Chinese and English compliments
Learn expressions of gratitude and apology in English and Chinese
I. Warm-up cases
II. Detailed Study:
Compliments and compliment responses
Social functions of compliments
Differences between Chinese and English compliments
Common response formulas of English and Chinese compliments
Expressions of gratitude and apology in English and Chinese
III. Case Study
Case 1. An Invitation to Dinner
I. Warm-up cases
If you were the director and chosen to mediate this situation, what would you do to ensure not to offend either party? How would you explain Bart’s behavior to Manual? How would you explain Manual’s to Bart?
Case 2. The Cancellation of the Dinner Party
1.In New Zealand, a friend can openly provide constructive criticism. If Stan did not make such suggestions to a friend in his country, the friend would be angry that Stan did not help him when he had the chance.
2.In Philippines, a person cannot be a friend and a critic at the same time , or at least not in public. Stan should find some other way (acceptable to the Filipinos) to voice his comments.
Case 3 Why should they do like this?
1.The British people maintain their etiquette and social manners even when they are very excited.
2.The Filipino couple did not introduce their Filipino friend to him
3.The Filipinos were talking in their own native language. No doubt the British felt left out, which is unacceptable and rarely occurs on social occasions in Britain.
4.When immigrants meet in a foreign country, they tend to take no notice of their surroundings/people around, which is considered to be rude and requires attention.