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ID: 2504 Upper Intermediate
Intrinsic to any culture is it's food, and the way it is served. Moreover, one of the delights of learning a new language and culture is experiencing it's cuisine. In this lesson, a grandma endeavours to prepare for an excursion to dine in a Western restaurant. Listen in to what thoughts she has about the prospect.
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姥姥 lǎolao maternal grandmother
孝顺 xiàoshùn to show filial obedience and respect, dutiful
耙子 pázi rake
秀气 xiùqi delicate, refined
姥姥,您难得进城,我带你去西餐厅吃西餐。
lǎolao ,nín nándé jìn chéng ,wǒ dài nǐ qù xīcāntīng chī xīcān 。
Grandma, you rarely go into the city. I will take you to a Western restaurant to eat Western-style food.
这孩子真孝顺。我还从没吃过西餐呢。想想要耍大刀耍耙子地吃饭,那真是吓人!还是我们中国人秀气,一手拿双筷子,一手端碗。
zhè háizi zhēn xiàoshùn 。wǒ hái cóngméi chīguò xīcān ne 。xiǎngxiang yào shuǎ dàdāo shuǎ pázi de chīfàn ,nà zhēn shì xiàrén !háishì wǒmen Zhōngguórén xiùqi ,yīshǒu ná shuāng kuàizi ,yīshǒu duān wǎn 。
You are such a dutiful child. I have never eaten Western-style food before. It's frightening to think of wielding a big sword and a rake to eat dinner. It's us Chinese that are the refined ones. In one hand we take chopsticks and in the other we hold a bowl.
姥姥,瞧您说的,那是刀叉,没你想得那么夸张。
lǎolao ,qiáo nín shuō de ,nà shì dāochā ,méi nǐ xiǎng de nàme kuāzhāng 。
Grandma, think about what you said. It's a knife and fork. It's not as over the top as what you think.
那贵不贵啊?这么高大上的地方,我不想你浪费钱。
nà guì bùguì ā ?zhème gāodàshàng de dìfang ,wǒ bù xiǎng nǐ làngfèi qián 。
Then is it expensive? It's such a "high end,luxury and classy" place. I don't want you to waste your money.
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