Mark: Good afternoon, Jingjing. Are you ready for the weather to turn chilly?
Jingjing: Not really. I like the temperatures we have these days. It seems we just got past the days when it was too hot to do much outdoors.
Mark: Yeah, and next thing you know it'll be too cold outside.
Jingjing: Right. Hey, have a moon cake. It'll help you stay warm for the coming autumn.
Mark: Thanks. It's a nut one, right? I recognize the 五 character.
Jingjing: Yep, that's it. The other is 仁, which usually means kindness, but when it's about food it refers to nuts.
Mark: That's really different. In English, if someone says, “you're nuts”, they are saying you're crazy.
Jingjing: Okay, but depending on the context, someone knows that you're either talking about nuts as a kind of food or kindness and benevolence as a human quality.
Mark: Got it. Anyway, thanks for the moon cake. That's my favorite flavor.
Jingjing: I usually like to eat one that has an egg inside.
Mark: Oh, that's the only one I don't like.
Jingjing: I think you told me that last year. That's why I saved the one with nuts in it for you. Hey, did you eat it already?
Mark: Yup. I wolfed it down when you were talking about benevolence.
Jingjing: 你太麻木不仁. That means you're too insensitive. I'm just kidding.
Mark: I guess I should have just nibbled it politely. But it was so good, I couldn't stop myself from finishing the whole thing in a few bites.
Jingjing: Ha ha. Well, I'm glad you enjoyed it.
New words : 习语短语
chilly (adj) 天气凉
a little cold (weather, or temperature inside a room)
next thing you know (it's, it'll be) 某事即将开始，到来 pretty soon
(be) nuts 疯，傻，不正常
crazy, silly, overly bold
the time and place, surrounding situation, in which something is said
wolf something down 狼吞虎咽
eat something very quickly, finish it
nibble (on) something 慢慢吃，小口吃
eat something very slowly, taking small bites
Jingjing: Mark, do you celebrate Mid-Autumn festival in the west?
Mark: No. It's mainly an Asian holiday. We have something like a harvest festival, but not a holiday celebrated everywhere on the same day.
Jingjing: In China, and throughout Asia, we celebrate Mid-Autumn festival on the 15th day of the eighth lunar month.
Mark: That's a full moon, right?
Jingjing: Yes. Did you see the moon last Monday?
Mark: Yeah. We had clear weather, and got to enjoy the view. The moon shines into my window most nights. Monday night, my bedroom was brightly lit.
Jingjing: Besides looking at the moon, do you know what we do to celebrate Mid-Autumn Day?
Mark: Eat moon cakes, obviously. Besides that, people get together to have a big meal. Isn't that so?
Jingjing: That's right. Since it's just one day off, most people stay near their own home and workplace. So, a lot of us have meals with friends in the city where we live.
Mark: Did you have a get together with your friends.
Jingjing: I sure did. Several classmates from my university had a mini-reunion. We had hot pot on a long table with three different soups boiling.
Mark: That sounds fabulous. Is hot pot a traditional food for the Mid-Autumn festival?
Jingjing: Nah, it's just a nice thing to have with a group, and good food for when the weather is on the verge of turning cold.
Mark: There's no such thing as a bad reason to have a good meal with friends.
Jingjing: Right. It was good to see them all. Also, ate so much that I've only had vegetables and snacks since then.
New words : 习语短语
the time when farms have food ready
a small party, with friends from long ago
on the verge of (something) 快要开始
There's no such thing as (something) 没有这种事
something doesn't exist ……