M: What's that smell? Are you making a chocolate cake? I smell something different...pears?
W: No, I'm making chocolate banana cookies. At first, I was going to use the oranges, but I thought bananas would taste better.
W: Doctor, I'm really feeling bad today.
M: Let me have a look. It seems that you have got a cold. How long have you been like this?
W: Today is Friday.I have been like this since this Tuesday.
M: I usually work out at 6:00 in the morning. But sometimes, I go to the gym after dinner around 7:00.When do you go to the gym?
W: My mornings are too busy. I have to wait until I get off work at 3:00 pm.
W: This piece is too difficult for me. Can I practice an easier one at home?
M: Your piano playing will improve a lot if you try to master this song.
W: OK. I hope my parents won't get tired of hearing the same thing all week!
M: Jenny, have you ever read the novel The Ordinary World by Lu Yao?
W: Yes, of course. The novel itself is really inspiring. Sun Shaoping is really my hero. He is a strong-minded man.
M: Yeah,it appears to me that nothing can change his mind of working hard for a better life.
M: What is the biggest holiday that your family celebrates? For my family, it's the New Year.
W: That is a big one for us, too. But birthdays are even more important.
M: Oh, why is that?
W: My grandparents were a little old when they got married. They thought they would not be able to have children. When their first baby was born, they were so happy! They decided that every birthday of their children would be a big event.
M: So that tradition was passed down to your parents?
W: Right. Even now, my parents take a day off to celebrate my birthday with me. My mother cooks a special dinner, and my father gives me beautiful clothes or jewelry.
W: How was your summer trip?
M: It was great! My friend and I traveled throughout India.
W: How did you get along without studying the local language?
M: Most people there speak English. But there were some remote places in the mountains where we had to learn a few words to communicate. Usually, it was easy. One time, though, it got a little awkward. I was asking a baker for some bread, and I said "I want money" instead of "I want bread". The words for money and bread were so similar that I got them mixed up.
W: How did the baker react?
M: He looked a little scared but my friend quickly cleared up the confusion. We ended up becoming friends with the guy, and he introduced us to more young people. Whenever we told the story of our meeting, it would make everyone laugh.
M: Have you been to the new Chinese market?
W: No, I only shop at small, local stores. That place looks huge.
M: You should really go. It has everything that you could need to make your Vietnamese food. They have imported items from several countries. The vegetables are pretty fresh, and the meat is of good quality.
W: But how are the prices?
M: There are great deals, especially for dried foods. I bought a 10-pound bag of rice for five dollars. And I found two pounds of special noodles for a dollar. There are hundreds of sauces in jars. I even found a Thai sauce there that I couldn't find anywhere else. I think you'll be very happy with what you find at this market.
W: Well, I will check it out on Monday. I wonder if they have the pho noodles that I like a lot.
M: Probably. You should go on Saturday instead. That's when they have the best deals.
W: I hate crowds. A lot of people will be going there at that time.
M: Then try Sunday morning. But I don't think the sales last all weekend.
W: What's that on your face, Dad? You scared me! I thought you were someone who broke into the house!
M: It's mud. It's good for your skin.
W: You mean, you just went out in the backyard and picked up some mud from the ground, and then put it on your face?
M: No. I bought some mud online. It comes from the Dead Sea. Do you see the color? It's a beautiful grey color because of its many minerals. The mud in the backyard is mainly brown. And the soil is black. The Dead Sea is famous for its health benefits. People go there from all over the world to swim in its water. Many companies ship the mud to people like me, who can't take a trip there.
W: Does your face really feel different after you take the mud off?
M: Yes, my skin feels many years younger. Some of my wrinkles are even going away. Do you want to try it?
W: Well, I'm only sixteen years old. I don't think I need to feel younger.
M: But I've noticed your face is very oily sometimes, and that other times it's very dry. This mud is sure to help you with that. It clears up your skin and leaves your face looking bright and fresh.
W: I'll try it. I've been feeling bad about my face lately. Maybe this will help!
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