House on Loan 租借房屋
Katie: Hey Todd, can I ask you a favor?
Todd: Sure, anytime.
Katie: Um, I really need a place to stay, and I heardthat your house is on AirBNB.
Todd: It is on AirBNB. I do rent my house, but for you it's free.
Katie: OH, amazing. Can I stay there then?
Todd: You can. How long?
Katie: Maybe a week or two weeks.
Todd: OK, when?
Katie: From next Monday.
Todd: Yeah, actually, you can do that. That works.
Katie: Excellent. Thank you so much! How about a car? Can I park my car?
Todd: Ah, that's a problem. You can't park your car because there's no space, but there's acheap parking lot about maybe two blocks away.
Todd: So, it's only a couple dollars a day.
Katie: OK, I guess I can park my car there. How about cooking there? Can I cook?
Todd: Of course, you can cook. I have a stove, a frigerator. You can bring your own food. Youcan do whatever you want.
Katie: Excellent. Thank you. Can I use the Internet?
Todd: You can use the Internet. There's a password. I will write down the password before Ileave, and I will write down the password before you get there.
Katie: Excellent. Thank you so much! I was thinking about asking my friend if he can stay. Canmy friend stay over?
Todd: Yeah, sure, so your friend can stay. Not a problem I don't think.
Katie: He has a dog? Can he bring his dog?
Todd: Oh, that is a problem. Does the dog have a cage?
Katie: Ah, no, but we can get a cage.
Todd: I'm not sure about the dog. If the dog is in a cage, it's OK in the house but I think youcan't have the dog in the house.
Katie: OK, how about smoking? My friend is a very heavy smoker. Can he smoke outside?
Todd: Yeah, he can smoke outside, just please pick up cigarette butts, but of course, he can'tsmoke inside.
Katie: OK, he can't smoke inside.
Katie: OK, how about if we want to have a party? Can we have a party?
Todd: Yeah, you can have a party. That's OK, but please be quiet. Don't be too loud. Theneighbors live very close to my house.
Katie: Alright, that sounds good. Thanks. And I have one more question. Can I use the washingmachine?
Todd: Yeah, of course. You can use anything. You use the washing machine. You can use theInternet. You can use the TV. You can use anything you like.
Katie: Wow, excellent. That sounds great. Thank you so much.
Todd: Yeah, I will write down directions for my house, and I will send you a map, and you cancheck it out and get all the information, and just I will leave the key for you with my neighbor.
Katie: Excellent. Thank you very much!
Todd: Sure, no problem.
Nepal by Region 尼泊尔各地区
Adam: Alright, hi! I'm Adam, and I'm with Jin today, and we're talking about your home country, Nepal.
Jin: Yes, that's right.
Adam: Very cool. I know that the Himalayas, and even Mt. Everest is in Nepal, which is amazing. What else can you tell us about the geography of your country?
Jin: Yeah, well actually, when people think about Nepal, they just talk about the mountains, but then there are actually three regions. There is the mountain region, and then there is another hilly region, and then Terai region, so then in Terai region, the earth, like the surface is really flat, and that's where people grow crops. That's where like we get all the grains from, and then there is the hilly region, which is in the middle part Nepal, and that's where I am from, the capital, Kathmandu, and it's like, the temperature is really good there because it's not really hot, not really cold. Ah, in terai region it's really hot, but in the hilly region, like it's perfect, and then there's the Himalayas, where it's super cold, and that's where there are like a lot of mountains, which divides us from China.
Adam: So in the south it's kind of the farming area?
Jin: Yeah, in the south, yeah, like everyone's … the main job is farming.
Adam: That's next to India?
Jin: India, yeah.
Adam: What kind of farming do they do in Nepal in the south?
Jin: They usually grow rice there, and since the land is so fertile, there a like a lot of vegetables, rice, and like a lot of fruits. Everything that grows in hot temperatures.
Adam: Oh, so you have a lot of fruits in Nepal?
Jin: Yeah, we do. We have a lot of fruits, like of different kinds, like I told you, since it's cold, hot and moderate as well, so like we get fruits from all different places and it's amazing.
Adam: Yeah, that's really cool. I didn't know Nepal had so many different climates in one country.
Jin: Yeah, for a small country, it's a lot, I know.
Adam: Well, thank you so much for telling us about Nepal today.
Jin: You're welcome. You can ask me anytime.
Nepal Travel Tips 尼泊尔旅行小贴士
Adam: Alright, hi Jin!
Jin: Hi, Adam.
Adam: How are you doing?
Jin: I'm doing good.
Adam: Ah, you're from Nepal right?
Jin: Yes, I am.
Adam: I was thinking about going there. Could you tell me some good places to visit while I'm in Nepal?
Jin: Yeah, sure. It's really nice a nice place. I mean, you should totally come to my country. I would recommend that you should go to a place called Pokhara because that's the most famous tourist site in Nepal. There's a really beautiful lake there, and then I know that you like sports, so then there are so many different kinds of activities like bungee jumping, rafting, kayaking… I don't know. What is it?
Jin: Kayaking, yeah! So yeah, I think you'll love it there. That's the best place I would say.
Adam: Oh, cool! How far is that from the capital?
Jin: Ah, you have to take a mini-bus, and it will take you around six hours and you'll be there.
Adam: OK, cool! When's the best time to go there?
Jin: I think during spring would be better.
Jin: Yeah. It's really nice there, like, and the people are really nice. The food is amazing, and there's a really good nightlife there because people … like there's … what do you call it … pubs, and like live music, so yeah, it's a really fun place to be at night and in the daytime.
Adam: That's great. I love live music. Do you have any like events or festivals that I should go to when I'm in Nepal?
Jin: Actually, in Nepal there's a lot of festivals, but I would recommend you to go there when there's a festival called Holi. It's around February … March. (Laughter) So yeah, the festival is around March and what we do is we play with colors. We throw colors at each other, and then even throw water balloons. It's really fun, like the whole environment is really colorful, bright and everyone is very happy.
Adam: Yeah, that sounds like a lot of fun. I think I've seen pictures of that before. How many days is that celebration?
Jin: It's actually only one day.
Adam: Oh, really?
Adam: Cool, I really want to go. Anything else you can tell us about Nepal?
Jin: If you like hiking, then Nepal has a lot of mountains. Actually, Mt. Everest is in Nepal so you can even try going there.
Adam: Wow, that would be amazing. I really look forward to going there. Thank you so much for your time today.
Jin: Sure anytime!