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Betrothal Gifts and Dowries, Oh My!

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ID: 2384 Upper Intermediate
In many places in China, there is an expectation that marriage comes with gifts for both the bride and the groom's families. Sometimes these obligations are so great that they can threaten what might be a happy marriage. Other times they end up being ceremonial. In this lesson, several young people discuss their upcoming nuptials.
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SIMPLIFIED PINYIN ENGLISH  
订婚 dìnghūn to be engaged to marry
搞定 gǎodìng to set
恭喜 gōngxǐ congratulations
怪不得 guàibude no wonder
小张,从老家回来啦?
XiǎoZhāng ,cóng lǎojiā huílai la ?
Xiao Zhang, you're back from your hometown!
是呀,我还从老家带了点特产,就放在厨房,请大家尝尝。
shì ya ,wǒ hái cóng lǎojiā dài le diǎnr tèchǎn ,jiù fàngzài chúfáng ,qǐng dàjiā chángchang 。
Yeah. I also brought some specialties back from my hometown. I put them in the kitchen. Everyone please have a try.
谢谢啦。
xièxie la 。
Thanks!
小张,你这次跟女朋友回老家,订婚的事儿怎么样了?
XiǎoZhāng ,nǐ zhè cì gēn nǚpéngyou huí lǎojiā ,dìnghūn de shìr zěnmeyàng le ?
Xiao Zhang, you went back to your hometown with your girlfriend this time. How did the wedding arrangements go?
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