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Defusing the Red Bomb

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ID: 2342 Upper Intermediate
Weddings in China often involve large banquets, sometimes with hundreds of guests. In a way, wedding receptions often appear more like fundraisers than an intimate ceremony for family and friends. It seems even more so when one considers that all the guests in attendance are socially obligated to give 红包 (hóngbāo), a red envelope full of money. It can be such a burden for guests that it's often called 红色炸弹 (hóngsèzhàdàn), "the red bomb".
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SIMPLIFIED PINYIN ENGLISH  
táo to escape
rēng to throw
喜酒 xǐjiǔ wedding wine
反感 fǎngǎn to dislike
哎,你们听说了吗?市场部新来的那个小男生要结婚了。大家钱包都准备好啊。
āi ,nǐmen tīngshuō le ma ?shìchǎng bù xīnláide nàge xiǎonánshēng yào jiéhūn le 。dàjiā qiánbāo dōu zhǔnbèi hǎo a 。
Hey, did you all hear? The new young guy in marketing is going to get married. Everyone get their wallets ready.
他结他的婚,关我们钱包什么事?
tā jié tā de hūn ,guān wǒmen qiánbāo shénme shì ?
He's the one getting married. What does that have to do with our wallets?
要给红包啊,你以为能逃过去啊?
yào gěi hóngbāo a ,nǐ yǐwéi néng táoguòqù a ?
We need give red envelopes. Did you think you could escape?
不会吧,他才刚来了两个礼拜,好意思朝我们扔红色炸弹啊?
bùhuì ba ,tā cái gāng lái le liǎng gè lǐbài ,hǎoyìsi cháo wǒmen rēng hóngsèzhàdàn a ?
No way. He's only been here two weeks. Would he have the nerve to throw us red bombs?
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