Presentation on theme: "An American named Frank is complaining to his friend, Lucy, about the useless gift he received from his Taiwanese friend. (F = Frank, L = Lucy)"— Presentation transcript:
An American named Frank is complaining to his friend, Lucy, about the useless gift he received from his Taiwanese friend. (F = Frank, L = Lucy)
F: I just don’t know what to do with this package of tea. My Taiwanese friend, Leo, gave it to me yesterday. L: It’s a lovely gift, but you don’t drink tea. And you also don’t know how to prepare this special kind of tea. F: You are right. But I can’t exchange it for anything else because he didn’t give me the receipt.
L: Of course, he didn’t. Taiwanese people think it’s impolite to include the receipt with a gift. F: Why is that? L: They think it’s offensive to reveal the price they paid for the gift. F: So, I’d embarrass him if I asked for the receipt, wouldn’t I?
L: Yes, it would be rude, so don’t even think about doing that. F: I don’t want to destroy our relationship, but it seems Leo has wasted his money. It’s a pity I can’t exchange it for something more useful. L: Not really. It’s the thought that counts. Remember, in Taiwan, a package of high-quality tea is an ideal gift because it shows respect.
F: I shouldn’t complain then because he is honoring me as a good friend. L: That’s right. Friendship is much more valuable than money!
exchange [Iks`tSendZ] vt. 換貨 Reading
receipt [rI`sit] n. [C] 收據 Reading
destroy [dI`strOI] vt. 破壞 Reading
pity [`pItI] n. [C] 可惜的事 Reading
1. do with sth 表示「處理某事」。 do with 的同義詞還有 deal with 、 cope with 、 handle 。例： ‧ When facing a difficult situation, the experienced manager always takes action to do with/cope with/ deal with/handle it. Reading
2. My Taiwanese friend, Leo, gave it to me yesterday. give 為授與動詞， it 代替上句的 this package of tea ，為直接受詞， me 為間接受詞。 Reading
But I can’t exchange it for anything else.... exchange A for B 表示「拿 A 交換 B 」。 例： ‧ You can go to the bank to exchange US dollars for NT dollars. Reading
Why is that? that 為代名詞，用來代替上一句中 的 Taiwanese people think...a gift. Reading
...reveal the price they paid for the gift. they paid for the gift 為關係子句，修 飾先行詞 the price ，且此關係子句省 略了關係代名詞受格 which/that 。 Reading