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Monday, July 7, 2014

00:00  Hi, everyone.
00:28  Conversation Replay:
01:34  Dinner at home.
Brian  - Is dinner ready, Mom?
Susie A-yi   - Yes. Go get Paul. He's eating dinner with us.
Brian  - Why?
Susie A-yi  - His parents aren't home tonight.
Brian  - OK.
Susie A-yi   - John, dear, can you get the chopsticks?
John  - Sure. Dinner smells good.
Patty  - Can I help?
Susie A-yi  - No, no. Patty, sit here.
Brian  - I'm back with Paul.
Paul  - Hi, Uncle John, Susie A-yi.
John  - Hi!
Susie A-yi  - Hello!
Brian  - Patty, this is Paul. He is our neighbor.
Patty  - Hi, Paul.
Paul  - Hey.
Susie A-yi - Let's eat, everyone.
Patty, try some three-cup chicken.
Patty  - Three cups of chicken?
Paul  - No, not three cups of chicken. Three-cup chicken.
Susie A-yi - You need three cups of ingredients.
Patty  - Oh!
Patty  - Three-cup chicken is really good!
Brian  - Mom is the best cook!
Susie A-yi - Thanks! And here is some fried rice.
Paul  - No, thanks.
Patty  - I love fried rice! Mom makes it sometimes.
Patty  - Hi, Paul.
Paul  - Hey.
Susie A-yi - Let's eat, everyone.
Patty, try some three-cup chicken.
Patty  - Three cups of chicken?
Paul  - No, not three cups of chicken. Three-cup chicken.
Susie A-yi - You need three cups of ingredients.
Patty  - Oh!
Patty  - Three-cup chicken is really good!
Brian  - Mom is the best cook!
Susie A-yi - Thanks! And here is some fried rice.
Paul  - No, thanks.
Patty  - I love fried rice! Mom makes it sometimes.

03:50 Dener at home.
Brian  - This vegetable is kong xin cai.
In English, people call it water spinach.
Patty  - Kong xin cai. I like it!
Susie A-yi, thanks for cooking dinner.
Susie A-yi  - Eat more!
Patty  - No thank you. I'm full!
Susie A-yi  - Eat more!
Paul  - I can't. The food is not that good.
Patty  - Excuse me?
Brian  - Paul, what did you say?
Paul  - Oh, nothing.
Susie A-yi   - Eat more, everyone.
Patty  - Susie A-yi  how did you cook the eggplant?
Susie A-yi   - Do you like it?
Patty  - Yes. When my mom cooks eggplants they're
usually brown. But these are purple.
Susie A-yi   - I fry the eggplants in a wok with some vinegar.
Then the eggplants stay purple.
John  - My wife cooks the best Chinese food.
Patty  - I know. Susie A-yi, you really cooked a lot of dishes.
Brian  - She did. But you know, at a wedding banquet,
there are often eight courses of food.
Patty  - Really? If I went to one, I'd probably be stuffed!
Why eight courses of food?
Susie A-yi  - The number "8" in Chinese sounds like "good luck".
John  - Each dish has a special meaning, too.
Patty  - That's very interesting.
Brian  - Ma, what's for dessert tonight?
Susie A-yi  - I almost forgot. I made something special.

 05:38  Dinner at home.
- After dinner, Aunt Susie brings out green bean soup.
Brian is very excited. He loves green soup.
Patty is surprised. She usually eats salty beans.
She never eats beans for dessert.
But she tries a little of the soup.
She likes it. She asks for more green bean soup.
The whole family enjoys the dessert together.
Then Brian sees Paul. Paul is playing with a coin.
Brian is not happy.
Brian  - That's my coin, Paul!
Paul  - No, it's not.
Brian - Yes, it is.
Paul  - The coin is cool. It's gold.
Brian  - Give it back, Paul.
Paul  - I can share it with you.
Brian  - But it's not yours to share. It's mine.
Susie A- yi  - Brian, it's OK.
If Paul wants to share, let him.
Brian  - But it's not his!
John  - Both of you can have it.
Paul  - Brian, we can play with it together.
Brian  - Paul, my teacher gave the coin to me.
You were there.
John  - Is that true, Paul?
Paul  - No. Mr. Lee gave it to me.
Brian  - When did you take it from me, Paul?
Paul  - What are you talking about?
John  - When did Mr. Lee give the coin to you, Paul?
Paul  - Let me think...
he gave it to me on April 31st.
Patty  - Then Paul is not the real owner.

07:27  Conversation at home.
Patty  - The real owner is Brian.
Susie A-yi  - How do you know, Patty?
Patty  - Because there is no April 31 st. The month of April only has 30 days.
Brian  - That's right.
Paul  - Fine. Take your coin.
Susie A-yi  - Oh my!
John  - Paul!
Paul  - I'm sorry! OK? Sorry!
Brian  - I really don't like Paul.
John  - Does he pick on you a lot?
Brian  - Yes. Well, no. Not really. He gets picked on, too.
John  - Paul just needs hels sometimes. We all do.
Patty  - He wasn't very polite.
John  - No. I think Paul is angry and sad.
His parents aren't home very much.
Susie A-yi  - So we often invite him to eat dinner with us.
Brian  - I try to be nice. But sometimes, it's hard.
John  - I'm glad you try, Brian. Paul is a good kid.
Patty  - Paul was rude.
Susie A-yi  - Yes. But we need to be kind anyway.
We aren't nice to everyone all the time, either.
Patty  -  No. You're right, Susie A-yi.
Susie A-yi  - Well, I'll call Paul's mother later.
Patty  - Susie A-yi, I can alean up.
Susie A-yi  - No, no.
Brian  - Mom, you've had a long day. We'll clean.
Susie A-yi  - OK. Thank you!
Patty  - Thank you, Susie A-yi. Dinner was so good!

09:22  Dear Journal.
Dear Journal,
I went to Susie A-yi's house for dinner tonight.
Brian and his neighbor,
Paul, had a big fight over a gold coin.
Both said the coin was theirs.
I knew it was Brian's because Paul lied about a date.
Lying isn't good.
I hope Paul learned his lesson.
That gold coin was not worth the fight.
Being honest is always the best.
I'm really enjoying this Taiwan trip.
I like the people and I love the food!
Tonight, Susie A-yi cooked a delicious meal.
I had three - cup chicken, fried rice, eggplant,
water spinach and green bean soup.
Chinese food is so flavorful.
The three - cup chicken and
green bean soup were sweet.
The eggplant was a little spicy,
and the fried rice and spinach were salty.
Tonight I learned that a Chinese wedding banquet
often has eight courses of food!
Wow! That's a lot of food.
I think Chinese food is becoming
one of my favorite cuisines.
I want to learn to cook Chinese food
and maybe Susie A-yi can teach me.
First, I'll start with cooking rice.
That should be easy!
Boy, I am still so full!
I need to stand up now.
The (Very Full) Taiwan Traveler,
Patty

11:16  Song Time
Ice cream, lemonade
Cold and delicious treats
Popsicles, mango ice
They just can't be beat
Iced tea, banana splits
It is so hard to choose
As long as it's refreshing
We will never lose
Summer time is fun time
With such good things to eat
That's why it's my favorite time
To go and have a treat
Have a treat
Summer time is fun time
With such good things to eat
That's why it's my favorite time
To go and have a treat
And have a treat
Summer time is fun time
With such good things to eat
That's why it's my favorite time
To go and have a treat
Summer time is fun time
With such good things to eat
That's why it's my favorite time
To go and have a treat
And have a treat

13:51  Word Power
  - rice cooker
  - cutting board
  - pot
  - wok
  - chopsticks

15:38  How To
  How Tow
       Say what you want to eat.
-  I'd like to eat a hamburger.
-  I'm in the mood for Chinese food.
-  I'm hungry for Italian food.

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