A: Finally, I am able to send a birthday card to my niece in the UK.
B: What was the problem before? Couldn’t you afford the price of a stamp?
A: No, for a period of time there was no post to certain countries, due to the pandemic. The post office is now accepting mail to the UK again.
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B: That’s a relief. I have a care package that I want to send to my son, who is studying over there.
A: You should check at the post office. I’m not sure they’re able to send large parcels.
（Paul Cooper, Taipei Times／台北時報張聖恩譯)
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Afford the price of a…
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Arriving on Aug. 2, US House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi shone out from the darkness in a pink pantsuit. Pelosi is famous for bringing her fashion A-game in punchy blazers and suits. Having a penchant for pops of color, the speaker often takes things a step further by coordinating her outfits from head to toe. Here are a few tips for building a chic wardrobe like Pelosi: Matching shoes to your outfit: Pelosi’s outfit tells us there are three guidelines for choosing the right shoes. You can either match your shoe color with your outfit, your tops underneath or simply
A: Hey, you’re watching “Extraordinary Attorney Woo.” Me too! B: Of course, it’s the biggest K-drama of the year and a global phenomenon. A: The lead actress Park Eun-bin plays a lawyer with autism. She plays the part so well that many viewers mistakenly believed the actress really is autistic. B: Then there’s lead actor Kang Tae-oh who plays the attorney’s handsome assistant. He’s totally my type! A: 原來你也在看《非常律師禹英禑》，我也是。 B: 當然啦，這可是今年全球最紅的韓劇呢。 A: 女主角朴恩斌飾演自閉症律師，演技好到讓觀眾以為她真的有自閉症。 B: 飾演她同事的男主角姜泰伍也好帥唷，完全是我的菜！ （Translated by Edward Jones, Taipei Times／台北時報張聖恩）
A: I heard that the first episode of “Extraordinary Attorney Woo” achieved only 0.9 percent audience viewership. B: But by the 9th episode the audience share had reached 15.8 percent to become the most-viewed drama of the year. A: In addition to the gripping story, because the lawyer is a fan of whales, the drama features lots of whale animation. B: The scenes with the whale animation are really adorable. A: 聽說《非常律師》第一集，收視率只有0.9％。 B: 而到了第九集，收視率飆升到15.8％成為年度劇王。 A: 除了精彩的劇情，因為女主角是鯨魚迷，還有許多鯨魚的動畫特效。 B: 那些動畫鯨魚好可愛。 （Translated by Edward Jones, Taipei Times／台北時報張聖恩）
對話 Dialogues 大為：那麼，台灣下不下雪呢？ 美英：只有很高的山上，才下雪。 大為：那夏天的天氣怎麼樣？ 美英：夏天總是又悶又熱，尤其是台北。 Dawei: Well, does it snow in Taiwan? Meiying: Snow only falls in the mountains. Dawei: So, how is the weather in summer? Meiying: It is always humid and hot in summer, especially in Taipei. 詞彙與短語 Vocabulary & Phrase 那麼 (nàme) well then, so 下雪 (xiàxǔe) to snow 尤其是 (yóuqíshì) particularly, especially 教材音檔 Audio Files 本文內容及音檔來源: 華語簡易通 For more audio files, visit the center’s Web site at: http://mtc.ntnu.edu.tw/book/book-show-6.html 國立臺灣師範大學國語教學中心提供 Provided by NTNU Mandarin Training Center: http://www.mtc.ntnu.edu.tw/ COPYRIGHT © 2022 國立臺灣師範大學國語教學中心 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED