Dialogue 1
Kids' Chinese New Year(孩子的新年)

Ben and Cherry are meeting in the park. 
Chinese New Year has just ended.
Ben 和 Cherry 在公園見面。
中國新年才剛結束。
 

Cherry:Hey Ben! Long time no see!
Cherry:嗨,Ben!好久不見了!


Ben:Tell me about it! 
I feel like
we haven't talked in ages.
So how was Chinese New Year for you?
Ben:還用你說。
我覺得我們好久沒聊了。
你的中國新年過得如何呢?



Cherry:I had a great time. 
All my relatives gave me red envelopes.
 I really cleaned up this year!
Cherry:我玩得非常開心。
我所有的親戚都給我紅包。
今年真的是大撈一筆呢!


clean up  【俚】大撈一筆
He cleaned up in the stock market last year.
去年他在股票市場大撈一筆。


Ben:I'm so jealous
How was the food?
Ben:真羨慕你!
食物怎麼樣?



Cherry:Are you kidding? 
It was spectacular!
 My aunt makes the best dumplings
We look forward to them all year!
Cherry:你在說笑嗎?
超讚的!
我的伯母包的餃子最棒。
我們可是期待了一整年呢!



Ben:Wow! Those are my favorite too! 
My grandmother says that eating them can make you rich and prosperous.
Ben:哇!那也是我最愛吃的!
我的祖母說,吃餃子可以財富滾滾、好運旺旺來。

prosperous原指「繁榮/興盛的」,形容「人」時,譯為「飛黃騰達的」。




Cherry:I don't know about that, I just love the taste.
Cherry:這我是不清楚,我只是喜歡那種味道。


Ben:It sure sounds like it! 
Maybe next year you can save me some, and we'll get rich together!
Ben:聽說真的是這樣啦,
或許明年你可以替我留一些,那麼我們就可以一起變有錢了!

 



Dialogue 2
A Couple's Chinese New Year(小倆口的新年)

Frank and Jenny are married. 
They are preparing for dinner on the first day of Chinese New Year.
Frank 和 Jenny 是一對夫妻。
他們正在準備著中國新年第一天的晚餐。 


Jenny:Frank, are you almost ready?
Jenny:Frank,你差不多準備好了嗎? 


Frank:Just a sec, I still need to get dressed
Did you fill all the red envelopes?
Frank:再一下子,我仍需要整裝。
你所有紅包都裝好了嗎? 



Jenny:Relax – I told you I'm on the ball
But I still think 200 NT is too much to give.

Jenny:輕鬆點,我說過我的手段高明。
不過我還是認為給 200 塊台幣太多了。 




Frank:Come on! Don't be such a tightwad

It's a special occasion! I think you agonize too much about these little things. 

Frank:拜託!不要這麼吝嗇!

這是一個特別的場合!我認為你太為這些小事煩惱了。 

tightwad   []   吝嗇鬼
agonize    [] 十分煩惱 
He agonizes over every decision he has to make.
他對每一項必須作出的決定都極為痛苦。



Jenny:I just hope you don't get too inebriated this year. 
Remember what happened last time?
Jenny:我只希望你今年不要喝太多了。
記得上一次發生了什麼事嗎? 

inebriated  []  酒醉的



Frank:Oh…It wasn't that big a deal
Frank:噢... 又沒什麼大不了的事... 



Jenny:Not a big deal?? You almost blew your hand off playing with those firecrackers
Why can't you just sit and play mah-jongg with the rest of us instead of going out
and cavorting with your irresponsible brothers?
Jenny:沒什麼大不了??你玩鞭炮玩到幾乎要把你的手炸掉了!
你為什麼不坐下來和我們這些人打麻將,而非得出去和你那些不可靠的的弟兄鬼混呢? 


cavort []  原指「蹦蹦跳跳」,在此引申為「以放縱的心情跳舞、遊玩... 等」,
因此也解釋為「鬼混」。





Frank:Look who's talking about irresponsible! 
Do I need to remind you about how much of our money you lost last year?
 I think your sister bought a new car with her winnings!
Frank:你看是誰不可靠了!
需要我提醒你去年把我們的錢輸掉多少嗎?
我想你的姐妹們是用贏來的錢買新車的!


 

Jenny:Well I can't help it if I had bad luck.
Jenny:如果是運氣不好,我也沒辦法。 



Frank:Fine – let's just bury the hatchet
We'll both try to be more responsible.
And for now, let's just focus on having a good time tonight.
 It's a celebration, after all.
Frank:好吧--我們先握手言和吧。
我們都試著更有責任感一點。
而現在呢,我們先把焦點放在今晚的美好時光吧。
畢竟,這是值得慶祝的。

bury the hatchet  和解
After their long argument the two brothers have at last buried the hatchet.
長期爭吵之後,兄弟倆終於和解了。





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