English Conversation 1: Two students, Fei and Jerry, talk about a popular hobby Jerry: Hi Fei, how's the new job going?
Fei: It's very exciting and I'm really learning a lot. At the same time, it's also quite tiring. I need a break today. Jerry: How about if we go to lunch together?
Fei: No, I want to do something more active. I have an idea. Why don't we go to the park and fly a kite! Jerry: Are you kidding?
Fei: No, I'm serious. Flying kites is an ancient tradition here. Look, I have this kite my uncle gave me. Jerry: Hey, it's a butterfly. It must look really cool flying high in the sky! Fei: So, are you up for it?
Jerry: Okay... But where can we fly a kite in such a big city? Fei: We can go just down the street, at the Workers Stadium. Jerry: You can fly kites in the stadium?
Fei: Well, not exactly. But we can fly them in the parking lot. Let's go! Jerry: Okay, I'm right behind you!
(Twenty minutes later, they arrive at the north gate of the Workers Stadium.) Jerry: Wow! So many kites!
Fei: Watch your step! Don't get run over by the rollerskaters. Jerry: I have to watch out for those football players too! I didn't know this is such a popular place. Fei: I used to come here as a kid to play, and at night my mother and grandmother sometimes came to dance. Jerry: All of these kites are really beautiful. Look at that long one over there. It looks like a dragon to me. Fei: That's right, it is. The dragon is really impressive, but I prefer the bird kite over there. Don't you think it's amazingly graceful? Jerry: Yes, it looks like a real bird flying! It obviously takes real skill to fly these special kites. I'm eager to see your butterfly up among the clouds. Fei: Okay, hold onto the kite while I get the string ready. On the count of three, let go. One... Two... Three... Here we go!!! English Conversation 2: Fei is helping Jerry decide what gifts to give to his family back home
Fei: Hi Jerry. Jerry? Oh, Jerry!!
Jerry: Oh, hi Fei. I didn't hear you approaching.
Fei: You were really lost in thought. Or were you sleeping?
Jerry: No, I wasn't sleeping, just thinking.
Fei: About what?
Jerry: Well, I'll be going back home to visit my family for a couple of weeks. Fei: That's great. It's been a while since you've seen them, hasn't it? Jerry: Yes, it's been quite a while.
Fei: So, you must be thinking about how happy you'll be to see them again. Jerry: Yes, that's true. But I'm also thinking about what kinds of gifts I should bring back from China for everyone - my brother, my sister, her husband and daughter, and of course, for my parents. Fei: Of course, you want to bring back some traditional things. How about some Chinese kites? Jerry: Hey, that's a good idea! You and I had a lot of fun flying kites together. I'm sure my niece would get a kick out of flying a Chinese-style kites too. Fei: And maybe you could bring back some masks from the Beijing Opera. Jerry: Fei, you're a genius! Beijing Opera masks are not only very colorful, they're very exotic too! My parents will really like them. Okay, now I have to think of something to buy my sister. That's a tough one! Fei: Don't be so pessimistic, Jerry. Does she like exotic fashions? Maybe you could bring back a qipao, a traditional Chinese dress. Jerry: Of course! Another great idea! How do you think of these ideas so easily, Fei? Fei: Hey, you said it before... I'm a genius! Ha ha ha.
Jerry: Okay, now the toughest people to shop for - my brother and my sister's husband. What in the world could I bring back for them? Fei: Didn't you tell me that your brother is studying Chinese now? Jerry: Yes, that's right. He hopes to come to China after he graduates from university. Fei: So why not buy him a DVD so that he can watch a movie in Chinese? Jerry: Sure, he'd love that. He's crazy about kung fu movies, so he can have fun and learn at the same time! You amaze me, Fei. Fei: Geniuses will do that! Okay, now for your brother-in-law. I think you're on your own there! Jerry:...
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