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Level 18X: Superboss "H" Reading
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Today's weather is better than yesterday's. It's not snowing anymore.
I asked a friend to go ice skating in the park tomorrow. I wonder what the weather is going to be like.
I looked up the forecast on the internet. Tomorrow's weather will be even better than today.
Not only will it not snow, it'll be a bit warmer, too.
Whom did you ask to go ice skating?
You asked Bai Ying Ai? But she flew to New York this morning.
Really? Then what do I do tomorrow?
Why don't you watch a DVD at home?
Gao Wenzhong is chatting with Bai Ying Ai online.
Ying Ai, New York is so much fun. How come you're online and not out and about?
The weather here is awful.
How come? / What's the matter?
Yesterday it poured. It rained again today.
The weather here is great this weekend. You'd better come back as soon as you can.
It's going to be warmer in New York this weekend.
Next week I have an interview. I can't come back just yet.
I found a job in California. Go with me.
It's not cold in the winter in California, or hot in the summer. Spring and fall are even more comfortable.
California is great, but I like New York more.
In a restaurant
How come there are so many people? It doesn't look like there's a table left.
Waiter, are there any tables left?
That table is not taken.
What would you two like to order?
Wang Peng, why don't you order?
All right. Give us two plates of dumplings, to start things off. Vegetarian dumplings.
What else would you like besides dumplings?
Family-style tofu with no meat in it. I'm a vegetarian.
Our family-style tofu has no meat in it.
Also two bowls of hot and sour soup with no MSG. Not too salty. Do you have baby bok choy?
I'm sorry. We've just sold out baby bok choy.
Then we'll do without green vegetables.
What would you like to drink?
I'd like a glass of iced tea. Li You, what would you like to drink?
I'm really thirsty. Please give me a cola, with lots of ice.
OK. Two plates of dumplings, family-style tofu, two hot and sour soups, a glass of iced tea, a cola with lots of ice. Anything else?
That'll be all. That's more than enough.
Waiter, we're both really hungry. Could you please bring the food as soon as possible?
It's Thursday. The student cafeteria is serving Chinese food. The chef is from Shanghai.
Chef, what's good for dinner today?
We've got sweet and sour fish. It's a little sweet and a little sour. It's delicious. Why don't you buy that?
Great. Do you have beef braised in soy sauce today?
No, we don't. You've already got fish, so there's no need to have meat. How about a cucumber salad?
All right. Give me a bowl of rice. How much all together?
Sweet and sour fish is $4.50, cucumber salad $1.70; one bowl of rice, 50 cents. All together, $6.70.
Shoot, Chef, I forgot my meal card. Here's $10.
$3.30 is your change.
Chef, you've given the wrong change. You gave me one dollar extra.
I'm sorry. I didn't see it clearly.
That's all right.
Are classes over, Little Bai? Where are you off to?
Hi, Teacher Chang. I want to go to the school computer center, but I don't know how to get there. I heard it's next to the sports field.
The computer center is not as far as the sports field. You know here the school library is?
Yes, I do. It's not far from Wang Peng's dorm.
The computer center is near the library. It's between the library and the student activity center.
Teacher Chang, where are you headed?
I'd like to get some books at the school bookstore.
The bookstore is in the student activity center. We can walk together.
Let's go to Chinatown to have some Chinese food.
I've never been to Chinatown. I don't know where Chinatown is.
No problem. You drive, and I'll tell you how to get there.
Do you have a map? Let me take a look.
The map is in the dorm. I forgot to bring it.
Without the map, what will we do if we go the wrong way?
It doesn't matter if we don't have the map. I've been to Chinatown many times. I can find it without a map.
Go south from here. After three blocks, turn west, and we'll be there.
Oh, I don't have any sense of direction [I don't know directions].
Then you drive straight, [after you] pass three stoplights, turn right and you're there.
after passing three blocks/intersections
This isn't right. See, you can only turn left here. You can't turn right.
Then it'll be the next block. Turn right. Keep going further. We're there, we're there. See, there are lots of Chinese characters in front of us.
That's not Chinese, that's Japanese. We're in Little Tokyo.
Really? Then let's not have Chinese food, let's have Japanese food instead.
Today is Gao Xiaoyin's birthday. Tonight we're having a dance party at her place. Can you go?
We'll eat first. After dinner we'll sing and dance.
A: Who will be there? [at the party]
B: Xiaoyin and her boyfriend, Xiaoyin's cousin, Bai Ying Ai, your sister Wang Hong, and Xiaoyin's middle school classmates, I hear.
What birthday gift are you giving Xiaoyin?
I bought a book to give to her.
What should I bring?
Either beverages or fruit would do.
Then I'll bring some beverages. I'll also get some flowers.
Xiaoyin loves fruit. I'll get some apples, pears and a watermelon.
Your place is very far from Xiaoyin's house, and the fruit will be heavy. I'll come to pick you up. Let's go together.
OK, I'll wait for you downstairs at six-thirty.
This is a birthday gift for you.
I always wanted to buy this book. You brought so many things with you. You're really too kind.
Xiao Hong, how much time do you spend practicing English every day?
Three and a half hours, plus I watch two hours of English-language TV.
A: When did you two get here?
B: Just now.
I thought she'd already gotten here.
Wang Peng, Li You, let me introduce you. This is my cousin Helen. This is her son Tom.
Wenzhong and Xiaoyin say that you're very smart and very hardworking.
Wait for Bai Ying Ai. She most likes eating cake.
The mother is so pretty, after the son grows up he'll definitely also be really handsome.
Look, he has a round face, big eyes, a high nose, his nose is not big and not small, he looks a lot like Helen.
A: How old is he?
B: Just turned one, he was born last year, belongs to the Year of the Dog.
A: Your Chinese is great. Where did you learn it?
B: Learned it in a summer class.
Ah, Tom looks so cute! Look, he smiled/laughed.
A patient is going to a hospital for treatment
Doctor, my stomachache is killing me!
It was my sister's birthday last week. We didn't finish the cake.
Last night I had a few bites [of the cake]. My stomach began to hurt at night, and this morning I went to the bathroom several times.
Where did you put the cake?
In the refrigerator.
How many days had it been there?
A: Do you have a fever?
B: No, I don't.
Please lie down.
Let me check.
You upset your stomach by eating that cake.
Do I need an injection?
No, you don't need an injection. Just take this medicine.
Three times a day, two pills at a time.
Doctor, how many times a day?
Could you repeat that?
A: Before or after meals?
B: Either before or after meals is fine.
However, you'd better not eat anything for twenty-four hours.
Then I'll be starving. That's not a good idea. That's not a good remedy!
How come your eyes are red? Did you catch a cold?
No, I didn't catch a cold.
I don't know what's wrong with me. I haven't been feeling well the last few days.
[My] eyes are red and itchy.
You must be allergic to something.
I think so, too. That's why I went to the pharmacy and got some medicine.
I've taken four or five kinds of medicine and spent quite a bit of money, but none of them has been effective.
Take out the medicines you bought. Let me take a look.
These medicines are useless.
Why didn't you go to the doctor?
Don't you have health insurance?
I do have health insurance. But I have too much homework this semester. Going to the doctor takes too much time.
Even so, you still need to go see a doctor as soon as possible. Otherwise you'll get sicker and sicker.
I'd like to try some other medicines first.
Last time I was sick I didn't go to the doctor. After a couple days' rest, I was fine.
No way, no way, you're too lazy.
Besides, you can't just randomly take medicine by yourself.
Let's go, I'll go to the doctor with you.
Wang Peng and Li You go to the same school. They have known each other for almost six months now.
They also often go out for fun, and they always have a good time.
Li You has a very good impression of Wang Peng, and Wang Peng likes Li You very much, too. So they've become good friends.
This weekend they're showing a Chinese film at school. Shall we go together?
Yes, but I hear that many people are going to see that film. Will we be able to get tickets?
I already got the tickets. It took a lot of trying.
Fantastic. I've wanted to see a Chinese film for a long time.
Just the two of us.
Great! It's a deal.
My name is Fei. Do you remember me?
Do you still remember Gao Xiaoyin's birthday party last month?
Think again. Do you remember now?
I'm sorry. I can't recall.
I was Gao Xiaoyin's high school classmate.
Is that so? How did you get my number?
Next weekend won't work, either. I'm moving out of the dorm. I have to clean and tidy up my room.
I'm sorry, two weeks from now would be even more impossible. I'm going on a trip to New York with my boyfriend.
Mr. Fei, I'm sorry, my cell phone is out of power.
Wang Peng has been living in the school dorm for two semesters.
He thinks that the dorm is too noisy, he can't sleep well, the room is too small, even a computer does not fit, Besides he has nowhere to cook, it is very inconvenient.
So [he] plans to move out next semester.
He has been looking for a place for a month now, but he hasn't found anything suitable yet.
He just saw an ad in the newspaper, it said that there's an apartment for rent, it is very close to school, only a five-minute walk, very convenient.
The apartment includes a bedroom, a kitchen, a bathroom, a living room, and it is furnished.
Wang Peng thinks thinks this apartment may be just right for him.
Hi, do you have an apartment for rent?
Yes, we do. One bedroom with a living room. It's very clean, and also furnished.
What kind of furniture [does it have]?
In the living room there is a sofa set, a dining table, and four chairs. The bedroom has a bed, a desk, and a bookcase.
A: Is it quiet over there?
B: Extremely quiet.
A: How much is the monthly rent?
850 U.S. dollars? In renminbi that's almost... That's a little bit expensive. Could you come down a little bit?
All right. You won't have to pay for the utilities.
Do I have to pay a deposit?
An extra month's rent as a security deposit, which will be returned to you when you move out. And another thing, no pets are allowed in our apartments.
That doesn't matter. I'm not interested in keeping pets. I don't have pets of any kind.
Look, my gut is getting bigger and bigger.
You usually overeat, and on top of that you don't exercise; of course you're putting on more and more weight.
If you are afraid of being overweight, you should exercise two or three times a week, for half an hour each time. Then your belly will get smaller.
I haven't exercised for two years. What kind of exercise should I do?
The simplest exercise is jogging.
It's so cold in winter, and so hot in summer. Jogging is too uncomfortable.
How about playing tennis?
Then I'd have to get a tennis racket and tennis shoes. You know tennis rackets and tennis shoes are very expensive!
How about getting a few people together to play basketball? Buying a basketball is very inexpensive.
Then every time I'd have to call people and arrange to meet. That's way too much hassle.
Then why don't you swim? There's no need to look for people, it wouldn't cost much money, and you could go any time.
Swimming? I'm afraid of water. That's too dangerous. What if I drown?
There's nothing I can do (to help). If you are not willing to exercise, then keep packing on the pounds.
Wang Peng's younger sister, Wang Hong, just came from Beijing. She will be going to college in the United States. Right now she is staying at Gao Xiaoyin's place, studying English.
To improve her English, she watches two hours of TV every day.
Hurry, turn the TV on. The football game is starting.
Really? I like watching football games too...What kind of football is this? How come it's not round?
This is not international football, this is American football.
To play football you should kick (the ball) with your feet. Why is that guy running with the ball in his hands?
In American football you can use your hands.
Look! All those people are piling on top of each other. Wouldn't the people underneath be crushed to pieces?
Don't worry, they're really strong. Besides, they wear special sports clothing, so everything's fine.
I've been watching for a while and I still don't get it. Let's watch something else.
You only have to live in America for half a year before you will begin to like American football. When my boyfriend is watching a football game, often he will even forget to eat.
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