W: What have you got for the picnic tomorrow?
M: Some bread, fruits, vegetables and drinks. Will you go with us?
W: I'd like to, but I promised Tom we'd see a movie together.
Ｗ：I'm really tired of the wet weather. Rain, rain, rain.
M: Don't worry. The weather forecast says it will be fine with the sun shining on Sunday, but don't forget to bring your umbrella today.
M: How much would it cost for my daughter and me to go to New York?
W: One hundred dollars for you and half for your daughter since she is under 12.
M: Can I stay here for just another minute? I really need to look up something on Shakespeare.
W: Sorry. Everyone is supposed to put their books back on the shelves when the closing bell has rung.
W: Stop smoking, OK? It is a bad example to our children.
M: I know smoking is unhealthy, but they are not at home.
W: Daddy, why is the sky blue?
M: Oh, honey...it's a little hard to explain. There are things you don't understand about science yet.
W: Oh. I thought it was because the ocean is blue. The sky is always looking at the ocean, so it should be blue, too.
M:Good idea, Ruby! That is very close to the real reason. The sky has a lot to do with the ocean. They're related, in a way. Did you ever notice that they're never exactly the same color? It's just like you and your brother Peter. You look alike because you're related, but you don't look exactly the same.
W: Hey, Nick, can you come to my house on Saturday? My cousin Sam from Xi'an is going to be here.
M: Oh! I remember we went bike riding together last fall when he visited you.
W: Yes, that's right.
M: I'd love to, but I have an exam next Monday so I ...
W: That's really too bad! Oh, but Sam isn't leaving until next Wednesday. Can you hang out with us next Monday night?
M: Sure! See you next Monday.
M: Why didn't you answer my call?
W: I didn't see that you called.
M: But I left you an email.
W: Well, I don't usually check my emails. No one leaves emails anymore.
M: Right. That's why I sent you a couple of text messages afterwards. I figured you were more likely to look at those.
W: I turned my phone off all day. I just turned it on five minutes ago.
M: Who turns their phone off all day? I get super nervous if I'm out of contact for even an hour.
W: Well, I had the most important job interview of my life earlier today!
M: That's why I wanted to get in touch with you! How did it go?
W: I went out to lunch with them after the interview. The founder of the company joined us. Then we went on a tour of the factory and met some of the other managers.
M: So, Alice, I'm thinking about going to China and I'm really crazy about nature. Can you recommend a place to me?
W: On my first trip to China three years ago, the best thing I did was visit Zhangjiajie National Park. If you like nature, it is well worth visiting.
M: Wow, how big is the park?
W: I didn't see the whole thing and I only spent three days there, so I really don't know how big it is except that it is very large.
M: Oh. Did you see any wildlife such as tigers, wolves or snakes?
W: No, I just saw various butterflies.
M: Was it difficult to walk on the roads and paths?
W: Yeah, though they are not plain, most of them have steps or stairs so I don't think it is very difficult.
M: So, where is this again? Did you say it was in Hunan Province?
W: That's right.
Each different part of China has its own special forms of traditional art. These usually try to show the things that are important in life, such as love, beauty and family. The most common things, from paper to clay to bamboo, are turned into objects of beauty.
Sky lanterns were first used by Zhuge Kongming. He sent them out to ask for help when in trouble. Today, sky lanterns are used at festivals and other celebrations. They are made of bamboo and covered with paper.
Paper cutting has been around for over 1，500 years. The paper, usually red, is folded before it is cut with scissors. The most common pictures are flowers, animals, and things about Chinese history. During the Spring Festival, they are put on windows, doors and walls as symbols of wishes for good luck and a happy new year.
Chinese clay art is famous because the clay pieces are so small but they look very real. The pieces are usually cute children or lovely characters from a Chinese fairy tale or historical story. These small pieces of clay art show the love that Chinese people have for life and beauty.