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Todd: So true. Yeah, actually another thing I like to do is sometimes buy a really nice gift, and then for one year, and then maybe for the next year or two, don't buy the person a gift. For example, like maybe one year, I bought my landlady, who I'm very close to, I bought her an iPad. I'm like, "She's kind of older, and she never had an iPad." So I bought her an iPad, but then the next year, I didn't buy her something really expensive. I bought her like a box of chocolates or something, you know.

托德:没错。实际上我还有一件喜好做的事情,时而我会买一件非常别致的礼品送人,而后一年或是接下来一两年都不会送那个人礼品。比方,我和房东太太的关系很好,有一年我送了她一部iPad。当场我想,“她年纪有点大,她没有iPad。”所以我送了她一部iPad,而接下来的一年我没有给她买昂贵的礼品。我送了她一盒巧克力之类的礼品。

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Jen: In that case, I think it would create a problem, because once you give someone a really special thing, then the next year, they will expect something more, you know?

珍:我觉得那样会带来打扰,因为一旦你送了或人出格的礼品,那第二年他们会有更高的等候,你晓得嘛?

Todd: Yeah.

托德:对。

Jen: So like, it'll be really disappointing if they get something that's not very valuable than it was the year before.

珍:所以,假如他们收到的礼品没有客岁的宝贵,那他们会非常败兴。

Todd: Yeah, it's kind of hard to climb back from that, isn't it?

托德:对,很难再回到以前的情况,对吧?

Jen: Yeah. Off an iPad? It would be bad.

珍:对。不是iPad?那很精彩。

Todd: Though, she's a really nice woman. She definitely ... I don't think she thinks that way at all. She's actually better at giving me gifts. She's always giving me gifts. So, have you gotten any gifts recently for anybody? Are you already planning to get your gifts for the end of the year?

托德:不过她人非常好。她必然……我觉得她彻底不会那样想。实际上她送我的礼品更好。她常常送我礼品。你近来有送过礼品嘛?你已经在为年底送礼品做打算了嘛?

Jen: I actually just presented a pair of shoes for my friend, because it was her birthday. The thing is, we don't really celebrate New Year at this time of year. It's kind of different for us, because we celebrate the Lunar ...

珍:我方才给予我朋友一双鞋,作为她的诞辰礼品。其实我们不在这个时候欢庆新年。我们有些不同样,因为我们欢庆农历新年。

Todd: Ah right, which is in April, right?

托德:好,那是4月份,对吧?

Jen: Yes.

珍:对。

Todd: Okay, cool.

托德:好,不错。

Jen: So haven't really thought about like Christmas gifts or anything.

珍:所以我没有考虑圣诞节礼品之类的。

Todd: So in your country, in Nepal, like when do people give gifts? On what occasions?

托德:那在你的故国尼泊尔,人们会在什么时候送礼品?或是在哪些场合送礼品?

Jen: During our New Year. We have a lot of festivals, so more than gifts, we just invite people and ... you know? Gather around and eat good food, that's it.

珍:在我们的新年期间。我们有不少庆典,不仅是送礼品,我们还会邀请人们来家里。大家聚在一块儿,吃苦美食,便是这样。

Todd: Yeah, that's the best.

托德:嗯, 那是最棒的。

Jen: Yeah, I believe so too.

珍:对,我也是这么想的。

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