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What are some popular and traditional souvenirs that you can buy in your hometown? What is special about them? How much do they cost?
“talk shop” = only talk about one’s business or profession
“He’s boring to be around because he only talks shop his job.”
“a steal” = something that is so cheap that it feels like you are stealing it
“This dress was a steal. It only cost $5.”
A. Listen to the recording and answer the questions.
Shop Employee: Okay. Well, how about this nice pearl necklace? It’s locally sourced from the nearby sea. Customer: Uh, yeah…Let me see that. .Oh, no. NO! That’s way too expensive. I’m not going to spend $120 for something like that.
Customer: Uh, yeah…Let me see that. .Oh, no. NO! That’s way too expensive. I’m not going to spend $120 for something like that.
Customer: Oh, OH! That’s way too expensive, plus she already has a watch and a phone, so she can check the time of day whenever she likes.
Shop Employee: Ok, um. What about this nice shirt? It’s made with many traditional designs, local tailor. Only $30.
Shop Employee: Yeah, good luck. They [What?], they all closed while you were carrying on. I mean, we closed 15 minutes ago. [Oh!]. You can pick up something at the airport if you want, but they’ll charge you an arm and a leg.
What kind of souvenirs have you ever bought in the past? Did you buy them for yourself, or did you buy them for someone else?
Use the Internet to find popular souvenirs for one or more of these places. What is the item? About how much does it cost? What special meaning does it have for this country?