(Amy is talking to Nora, a new student in her class.)
Amy: Nora, how long have you lived in Kaohsiung?
Nora: I've lived here for three years.
Amy: Have you ever been to Meinong?
Nora: No, I haven't. Why do you ask?
Amy: Patty and I are planning to go there next week. Do you want to join us?
Nora: Thanks for inviting me, but I have to ask my parents first.
Nora: What are you going to do there?
Amy: My cousin is getting married, so I want to buy him a pair of oil paper umbrellas.
They make great wedding gifts because the words for "oil paper" sound like "having kids" in Hakka.
Nora: Umbrellas? We don't usually give umbrellas as gifts.
Amy: Why not?
Nora: Because the word for "umbrella" sounds like "separate" in our language.
Amy: I've never heard of this. What should I do?
Nora: Well, just to play it safe, you can ask your cousin to pay you one dollar for the umbrellas.
Nora: This way, he buys the umbrellas from you, so they are not gifts.
Amy: That's smart. I'll ask him for one dollar.
- ever [ˋɛvɚ] adv.
Have you ever been to Pingxi?
- invite [ɪnˋvaɪt] v.
Lisa invited us to her birthday party.
- married [ˋmærɪd] adj.
No one believes Vera is married.
- as [æz] prep.
He treated me as his brother.
- separate [ˋsɛpə͵ret] v.; adj.
Mom, I don't want to share my room with Dylan. Can we have separate rooms?
- language [ˋlæŋgwɪdʒ] n.
What languages do people in your country speak?
- miss [mɪs] v.
Mom misses her old school days.
- hear of [hɪr ɑv]
Have you ever heard of the Ghost Festival?
- just to play it safe [dʒʌst tu ple ɪt sef]
Just to play it safe, we need to book the hotel a month ahead.