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狂犬疫苗(kuánɡquǎn yìmiáo)rabies vaccine

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A: Are you free this afternoon? How about we go see a movie? 下午有空吗?我们去看电影怎么样? (xiàwǔ yǒukònɡ mā? wǒmen qù kàn diànyǐnɡ zěnme yànɡ?) B: I'm afraid I can't. I have to go to the hospital for a shot this afternoon. 今天恐怕不行。我下午必须去医院打针。 (jīntiān kǒnɡpà bùxínɡ. wǒ xiàwǔ bìxū qù yīyuàn dǎzhēn.) A: A shot? Are you sick? 打针?你生病了吗? (dǎzhēn? nǐ shēnɡbìnɡ le mā?) B: No. It's a rabies vaccine. I have to get my third shot today. 没有,是狂犬疫苗。我今天要去打第三针。 (méi yǒu, shì kuánɡquǎn yìmiáo. wǒ jīntiān yào qù dǎ dìsān zhēn.) A: Ever since I got a rabies vaccine shot when I was 6 I've been afraid of making four-legged animals angry. 我自从六岁时打过一次狂犬疫苗之后,就再也不敢惹四条腿的动物生气了。 (wǒ zìcónɡ liùsuì shí dǎ ɡuò yīcì kuánɡquǎn yìmiáo zhī hòu, jiù zài yě bùɡǎn rě sì tiáo tuǐ de dònɡwù shēnɡqì le.)[......]

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书法(shūfǎ)calligraphy

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A: I have a friend who is learning calligraphy? 我有一个朋友正在学习书法。 (wǒ yǒu yīɡè pénɡyǒu zhènɡzài xuéxí shūfǎ.) B: I heard that learning calligraphy can be pretty dull. How long has he been learning? 我听说学习书法很枯燥的。他学习多久了? (wǒ tīnɡshuō xuéxí shūfǎ hěn kūzào de. tā xuéxí duō jiǔ le?) A: I think about a year. He found a teacher and goes to class every Sunday. He also has to do homework often. 大概一年吧。他拜了个师傅,每周日都要去上课。平时还要完成功课。 (dàɡài yīnián ba. tā bài le ɡè shīfū, měizhōu rì dōuyào qù shànɡkè. pínɡshí háiyào wánchénɡ ɡōnɡkè ) B: Cool! Although it may be a bit dull, calligraphy is something that the longer you stick with it the more meaningful it will be. 酷!虽然可能会枯燥些,但书法就是一件坚持得越久,意义就越大的事。 (kù! suīrán kěnénɡ huì kūzào xiē, dàn shūfǎ jiù shì yíjiàn jiānchí de yuèjiǔ, yìyì jiù yuèdà de shì.)[......]

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樱花(yīnɡhuā)cherry blossom

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A: The cherry blossom season is here. Where in Beijing can you see cherry blossoms? 樱花季到了。北京哪里可以赏樱花呢? (yīnɡhuā jì dàole. běijīnɡ nǎ lǐ kěyǐ shǎnɡ yīnɡhuā ne?) B: Yuyuantan Park. There are many different kinds of cherry blossoms there, but there are also a lot of tourists. 玉渊潭公园。那里有很多种类的樱花,但是游客也很多。 (yùyuāntán ɡōnɡyuán. nàlǐ yǒu hěnduō zhǒnɡlèi de yīnɡhuā, dànshì yóukè yě hěnduō.) A: I don't like places with a lot of people. Where else can I go? 我不喜欢人很多的地方。我还能去哪呢? (wǒ bù xǐhuān rén hěnduō de dìfānɡ. wǒ háinénɡ qù nǎ ne?) B: You can also go to the Beijing Botanical Garden. Although there aren't that many cherry blossoms, you can take in other kinds of flowers. 你还能去北京植物园。那里樱花虽不多,但可以观赏其他种类的花。 (nǐ hái nénɡ qù běijīnɡ zhíwù yuán. nàlǐ yīnɡhuā suī bù duō, dàn kěyǐ ɡuānshǎnɡ qítā zhǒnɡlèi de huā.)[......]

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数学家(shùxué jiā)mathematician

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A: What kind of person do you think a mathematician is? 你觉得数学家是什么样的人? (nǐ juéde shùxué jiā shì shénme yànɡ de rén?) B: These people are constantly using formulas to prove some truths that people don't care about. 这些人不停地用公式证明一些人们并不关心的真理。 (zhèxiē rén bùtínɡ de yònɡ ɡōnɡshì zhènɡmínɡ yīxiē rénmen bìnɡ bù ɡuānxīn de zhēnlǐ.) A: I heard that some mathematicians want to list out all the relationships between the characters in Game of Thrones so they can figure out who the main character is. 我听说有数学家希望列出《权利的游戏》中所有人物关系,计算出到底谁是主角。 (wǒ tīnɡshuō yǒu shùxué jiā xīwànɡ lièchū quánlì de yóuxì zhōnɡ suǒyǒu rénwù ɡuānxi, jìsuàn chū dàodǐ shuíshì zhǔjué.) B: To tell the truth, all you have to do is see who lives to the end. 坦白讲,只要看看谁活到最后就行了。 (tǎnbái jiǎnɡ, zhǐ yào kànkàn shuí huódào zuìhòu jiùxínɡ le.)[......]

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祭祀(jìsì)ritual offering

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A: I saw people burning something down by the river. What were they doing? 我看到有人在河边烧东西,他们在干什么? (wǒ kàndào yǒurén zài hébiān shāo dōnɡxī, tāmen zài ɡàn shénme?) B: They were probably burning paper as part of a ritual offering. It's one of the customs of Tomb-Sweeping Day. 大概是在烧纸祭祀吧!这是清明节的习俗之一。 (dàɡài shì zài shāozhǐ jìsì ba! zhè shì qīnɡmínɡ jié de xísú zhī yī.) A: But won't that pollute the environment? It could also end up starting a fire. 但这样不会污染环境吗?还可能引起火灾。 (dàn zhèyànɡ búhuì wūrǎn huánjìnɡ mā? hái kěnénɡ yǐnqǐ huǒzāi.) B: Certainly. That's why a lot of people nowadays are making digital ritual offerings online as a way to express their feelings for the departed. 确实。所以现在很多人都在网上使用电子祭祀,来寄托思念之情。 (quèshí. suǒyǐ xiànzài hěnduō rén dōu zài wǎnɡshànɡ shǐyònɡ diànzǐ jìsì, lái jìtuō sīniàn zhī qínɡ.)[......]

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让步(rànɡbù)concede

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A: You look a little unhappy. Is something bothering you? 你有些闷闷不乐。有什么事困扰你吗? (nǐ yǒuxiē mènmèn bù lè. yǒu shénme shì kùnrǎo nǐ mā?) B: Yeah. I planned on going on a vacation to Prague. I want to stay at a Bed and Breakfast, but my parents want to stay at a quality hotel. 是啊,我计划去布拉格旅行,我想住民宿,但是父母更喜欢星级酒店。 (shì ā, wǒ jìhuà qù bùlāɡé lǚxínɡ. wǒ xiǎnɡ zhù mínsù, dànshì fùmǔ ɡènɡ xǐhuān xīnɡjí jiǔdiàn.) A: Maybe you should think of them more. They might not be able to handle the local lifestyle. 也许你应该多为他们着想。他们可能接受不了当地的生活方式。 (yěxǔ nǐ yīnɡɡāi duō wèi tāmen zhuóxiǎnɡ. tāmen kěnénɡ jiēshòu bùliǎo dānɡdì de shēnɡhuó fānɡshì.) B: You're right. I should concede this point. 你说得对。在这一点上我应该做更多的让步。 (nǐshuō de duì. zài zhè yìdiǎn shànɡ wǒ yīnɡɡāi zuò ɡènɡduō de rànɡbù.)[......]

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退稿(tuìɡǎo)reject (a manuscript)

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A: Did you hear? J.K. Rowling had her manuscript rejected by a publisher. 你听说了吗?J.K.罗琳被出版社退稿了。 (nǐ tīnɡshuō le mā?J.K. luólín bèi chūbǎn shè tuìɡǎo le.) B: I hadn't heard. What's up with that? 没有,怎么回事? (méiyǒu, zěnme huíshì?) A: She used a pen name to find a publisher for her first crime novel, but her manuscript was rejected. Some publishers even advised her to take a writing class. 她用笔名为首部犯罪小说寻找出版社,但被退稿了。有些出版社还建议她去上写作课。 (tā yònɡ bǐmínɡ wèi shǒubù fànzuì xiǎoshuō xúnzhǎo chūbǎn shè, dàn bèi tuìɡǎo le. yǒuxiē chūbǎn shè hái jiànyì tā qù shànɡ xiězuò kè.) B: That's hard to believe! Maybe publishers should consider other factors besides the story itself. 真是难以置信!也许除了故事本身以外,出版社要考虑更多因素吧! (zhēnshì nán yǐ zhì xìn! yěxǔ chúle ɡùshì běnshēn yǐwài, chūbǎn shè yào kǎolǜ ɡènɡduō yīnsù ba!)[......]

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门票(ménpiào)tickets (to an amusement park)

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A: They started selling tickets to Shanghai Disney online. 上海迪士尼的门票开始在网上卖了。 (shànɡhǎi díshìní de ménpiào kāishǐ zài wǎnɡshànɡ mài le.) B: I heard that the ticket system crashed because there were too many orders. 据说由于订单太多,售票系统瘫痪了。 (jùshuō yóuyú dìnɡdān tàiduō, shòupiào xìtǒnɡ tānhuàn le.) A: No wonder ticket prices are different on a lot of sites. Some have even reached more than a thousand yuan. 难怪票价在很多网站上都不一样。有的甚至已经上千元了。 (nánɡuài piàojià zài hěnduō wǎnɡzhàn shànɡ dōu bù yīyànɡ. yǒu de shènzhì yǐjīnɡ shànɡqiān yuán le.) B: Yeah. People should probably stick to purchasing through official channels. It's hard to tell what's real with a lot of these sellers. 是啊。不过还是要尽量从官方渠道购买。很多卖家的真假很难分辨。 (shì a. búɡuò háishì yào jìnliànɡ cónɡ ɡuānfānɡ qúdào ɡòumǎi. hěnduō màijiā de zhēnjiǎ hěnnán fēnbiàn.)[......]

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