A: Gongxi facai. So, where’s my red envelope?
B: See? I got freshly printed banknotes! Have you got money ready to put in your red envelopes?
A: Not yet. I’m still thinking whether I should go home or not. Your kids are very lucky: not only will they get red envelopes, they’ll get new banknotes.
Photo: Lee Li-fa, Liberty Times 照片：自由時報記者李立法
B: Hopefully they won’t spend it frivolously, since they are shiny and new. After all, it is their parents’ hard-earned cash!
A: When I was little, I didn’t care whether the money was new or not, only how much was there.
B: Well, you’ve always been practical. Anyway, if you take your old banknotes to the bank or post office counter to exchange them for new, this year you will have to register and write your name and telephone number.
A: They’re worried the virus will be on the notes? I can’t be doing with that, I’ll just go to the ATM at the Taiwan Bank downstairs from my office. They always fill it with new banknotes at the Lunar New Year.
（Translated by Paul Cooper, Taipei Times／台北時報林俐凱）
“I can’t be doing with that”
An unusual usage of the present progressive, it is very different from “I can’t do that.” While the latter means a lack of ability, “I can’t be doing with that” refers more to a lack of patience with something. Chiefly British English.
Bananas are one of the most commonly seen and eaten fruits. Eating bananas brings many benefits, such as replenishing energy and lowering blood pressure, and can even improve your mood. There is a rumor going around online that you should not eat bananas every day because they are a high-potassium food that can damage your kidneys if you eat too many, but the Health Promotion Administration (HPA) says only people with impaired kidney function have a metabolic deficiency that compels them to avoid eating bananas every day. Bananas are classified as a medium-potassium food, containing about 325 milligrams of potassium per
A: Don’t forget, the class selection period begins tomorrow. B: Wow, thanks for reminding me. I had completely forgotten! A: Are you brain dead after the Lunar New Year? B: You bet. My head is full of nothing but good food and computer games. A: We have a whole week for the class selection, but the popular classes will fill up very quickly, so we should get a shift on. A: 加退選的時間從明天開始喔，不要忘記了！ B: 哇，謝謝你提醒。我都忘得一乾二淨了！ A: 過個年腦袋都空掉了，是吧？ B: 對呀，我現在滿腦子只有美食和電玩。 A: 雖然加退選的時間有一個禮拜，可是熱門的課名額很快就滿了，我們手腳還是要快一點。 （Translated by Paul Cooper, Taipei Times／台北時報林俐凱） English 英文: Chinese 中文:
I really want to take that class! (2/5) 我好想要加選喔！（二） A: How many credits do we need to graduate? B: 128 credits, but this is the minimum. We can also apply for credit overload. A: So that means we have to get 16 credits per semester on average. Most classes will earn two or three credits each, so we will have to take from five to eight classes in the semester. B: Hmm, yes, but I think it’s a good idea to take more classes in the first and second years, so that the third and fourth years are more relaxed. A: That makes sense. That’ll be why my
I really want to take that class! (3/5) 我好想要加選喔！（三） A: I flunked the Freshman English class last semester. Does that mean that I can’t continue with the class next semester? B: Let’s have a look. Hmm, this class goes for the whole academic year, so you can still take the class next semester, but you will need to retake the one you failed last semester. A: Do you mean that in the sophomore year I will have to take the first year English class together with freshman students? I don’t like the sound of that: how embarrassing! B: Oh, it’s not that bad! You might even