I.C. L2P1_11h: Dg.Lines (actuals): Eng » Char (Ole Miss Chinese Flagship)
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The semester has ended, Ke Lin has decided to go to Beijing to continue studying Chinese while Lin Xuemei would like to intern and look for a job in Beijing.
Before they go to Beijing, they fly first to Xuemei's familiy in Hangzhou to see Xuemei's parents. After staying in Hangzhou for a few days, they arrive at Xuemei's uncle's home in Beijing.
Xuemei's uncle is a lawyer, and her uncle's wife is a unversity professor.
They devote all their time to their careers, choosing not to have children and to live instead in a "two-person world."
The surroundings of their residential subdivision are very nice. Their apartment has three bedrooms, a living room and a dining room, and two bathrooms. The furniture is all new and very beautiful. Every room is very clean and very comfortable to live in.
Today is New Year's Eve-that is, the day before the Spring Festival.
Xuemei's aunt is busy making New Year's Eve Dinner. Xuemei's uncle is at her side helping. It is obvious that Xuemei's uncle and aunt are very fond of each other.
Ke Lin sees a medium sized piece of red paper posted on the wall. On the paper is a Chinese character. He recognizes it as the 福 in the word 幸福(fortune), but it is pasted upside down.
How strange, Xuemei. How come this 福 character is pasted incorrectly? 福 is upside down.
It isn't pasted incorrectly. 福倒了(fortune is upside down), 福到了(fortune has arrived). Think how great the pun is!
Oh, I get it. I get it. How interesting!
Xuemei, Ke Lin, come, come, please sit down. Time to eat.
Nowadays many families make dinner reservations at restaurants during the Chinese New Year and other holidays. Not only is the food delicious but it is also convenient.
Last weekend Xuemei told us that you were coming,
I originally wanted to make a reservation at a restaurant, but when I called a few of the better restaurants,
each and every one of them said that there were no seats left. There is nothing we can do except to eat at home.
Nowadays many families make dinner reservations at restaurants during the Chinese New Year and other holidays. Not only is the food delicious but it is also convenient. Last weekend Xuemei told us that you were coming, I originally wanted to make a reservation at a restaurant, but when I called a few of the better restaurants, each and every one of them said that there were no seats left. There is nothing we can do except to eat at home.
My mom says Auntie cooks very well. I've wanted to eat Auntie's food for a long time.
Nothing is better than eating at home. It has more of a family atmosphere.
That's right. I agree with you.
None of us drinks alcohol. Come, let's have tea instead. Let's raise our cups to welcome you to Beijing.
That's right. I agree with you. None of us drinks alcohol. Come, let's have tea instead. Let's raise our cups to welcome you to Beijing.
Let's wish that, in the new year, your search for work goes smoothly without a hitch and that you make a lot of progress academically. Bottoms up!
Let's drink to Uncle and Aunt's success at work.
To Uncle and Aunt's health.
Look, the Spring Festival Evening Show has started on tv. Let's eat and watch.
Ke Lin, right now many, many Chinese families are like us, having New Year's Eve dinner and watching the Spring Festival Evening Show.
Is that so? There's good tv to watch and delicious food to eat. Couldn't be any better! Auntie's steamed fish is both tender and tasty. It's simply delicious.
That's what I call authentic steamed fish. Did you know? You've got to have fish for the New Year's Even dinner, and you can't eat all of it. You have to leave some of it uneaten.
Why? Isn't that wasteful?
Haven't you heard? "When you have fish every year, you'll have a surplus every year." "Fish" and "surplus" are pronounced the same. "Surplus" means "excess left over from what is needed."
When you have fish every year, you'll have a surplus every year. Does that mean "having money left over?" Chinese is really interesting. Oh, China has quite a few other traditional holidays. The food associated with them is all different, right?
That's right. On the fifth day of the fifth of the lunar year during the Dragon Boat Festival...
People eat pyramid-shaped dumplings in bamboo leaves.
On the fifteenth day of the eight month of the lunar calendar during the Mid-Autumn Festival...
People eat moon cakes.
The Mid-Autumn Festival is a bit like America's Thanksgiving. It is a holiday for family reunion. There is also the Lantern Festival on the fifteenth day of the first month on the lunar calendar when...
People eat those round, white things...
During the Lantern Festival you eat dumplings of the same name
Right, right. I remember now- 元宵。
Look, the countdown has started on tv, "Ten, nine, eight , seven, six, five, four, three, two, one." Twelve o'clock. The new year has started!
Uncle, Auntie, we wish you a Happy New Year!
Everybody, "Happy New Year!"
Uncle, aunt, Happy New Year! Best wishes for a prosperous new year!
A prosperous new year for everyone. It's New Year. Uncle and Auntie have some red envelopes for you.
Thanks, thank you very much... How come it's so lively outside?
Setting off firecrackers to celebrate the New Year is a must. We've also bought many firecrackers. Let's go out and set them off.
Xuemei, why don't you send Tianming and Lisa a New Year text message?
Ok, I'd like to first call mom and dad on my cell phone to wish them a happy Chinese New Year and then send Tianming and Lisa a New Year text message.
Ok. Uncle and Auntie, let's go.
Ke Lin, you and uncle go. I'll make some preparation. When you are back from lighting the firecrackers, we'll eat dumplings together.
What, more food?
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