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Giving Gifts
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Giving Gifts
送礼

Learn the Unreal Past Tense

Date: Aug 19 2011

Themes: Friend

Grammar: The Unreal Past

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“It’s the thought that counts.” That’s what we say when someone gives us a gift that we don’t want or that doesn’t suit us. It’s a nice way of saying, “I appreciate you, even though I don’t really appreciate this gift.”

But how much does the thought really count? It can’t count as much as an awesome present would count, right?

It depends on who you talk to. Some people think presents aren’t very important, or get stressed out trying to pick out gifts for their friends. But others believe that giving gifts shows how much you care. They look for presents that are special and personal, and they might get hurt if their friends don’t do the same. Hear Amy and Ella talk about giving gifts.

“礼轻情意重”,这是我们收到不想要或者不适合的礼物时常说的一句话。这是一种委婉的表达方式,言外之意是“非常感谢你送我礼物,但是我确实无法对这个礼物心动。”
但是,这份心意到底有多重呢?它和一份称心如意的好礼物传递的心意一样重吗?
对于这个问题,每个人都有自己不同的理解。一些人认为礼物并不非常重要,或者为朋友挑选礼物时感到压力重重。但是,另一些人则认为送礼可以显示你对对方的关心程度。他们为朋友搜寻独特且充满个性的礼物,而如果朋友未能同样慎重地为他们挑选礼物的话,他们可能会感觉心灵受伤了。请听艾米和艾拉谈论送礼物这个话题。

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Amy

Amy

Ella

Ella

Amy:  Are you a good gift giver, Ella?

Ella:  Actually, I think I’m a very gifted gift giver.

Amy:  Really?

Ella:  Yes. I wish it was Christmas all the time so I could buy presents for people. It’s so fun.

Amy:  But how do you know, like, what they would like or, you know, what they need? I get so stressed out about buying presents, I…I don’t know, how do you do it?

Ella:  I do a lot of inside joke presents, things that make people laugh. Or I just go for the expensive things that are like “Oh yeah, I could use those.” I feel like earrings always work out for a girl.

Amy:  I just feel like some people really value gift giving, and to me it’s just not that important. If you want to give me a gift that’s great, but I’m not going to feel bad if you don’t give me a gift. So I sometimes get into trouble because not everyone has that casual attitude toward gift giving that I do.

Ella:  Yeah. I like to give gifts but for me personally, I’d rather have someone give me a trip or take me somewhere.

Amy:  Totally. Yeah, you know, you can never go wrong with a great dinner, right? A great fancy dinner or something?

Ella:  Exactly.

Amy:  Well, I’m gonna remember all of your tips, because I have an important friend’s birthday coming up, and I don’t want to disappoint her.

 

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Ella loves to buy people gifts. She likes to give her friends expensive gifts, or gifts that make them laugh. She thinks that earrings are usually a good gift for a girl.

Amy has a more difficult time finding gifts for people. It’s hard for her to find gifts she knows her friends will like, and she often worries about disappointing people with her gifts.

Gifts aren’t very important to Amy. She says she doesn’t feel hurt when others don’t give her gifts. Ella agrees. She would rather go out to a nice dinner or take a trip with someone than receive a big gift.

Do you like giving gifts? Do you find it easy or hard to find gifts your friends will like? What is the best gift you have ever received?

 

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bakr111

bakr111

Sudan

when you go out of your countery you well need more gifts for all your relative’s and friends  when you come back. that is good to tells them you never forget their.i think the gifts its good for feeling about other.

12:32 PM Aug 21 2011 |

Old Yeller

Old Yeller

United Arab Emirates

i like to give gifts to espical people in my life, and i like all gifts which i recived from my friends .

11:58 AM Aug 21 2011 |

marwa_morad84

Egypt

its a very good lesson and very good issue

09:53 AM Aug 21 2011 |

yibeiyangguang

China

i like giving gifts to my good friends.they like them,can bring them happy

09:25 AM Aug 21 2011 |

oroba

oroba

Yemen

it embarrasses me when someone give me a gift but makes me happy at the same time

08:34 AM Aug 21 2011 |

samin1990

samin1990

Iran, Islamic Republic Of

i like give and get gifts,and it is easy to find good difts,my best gift is a rime book.

05:49 AM Aug 21 2011 |

awesome mina

Afghanistan

i like to give gifts to my freind specially when they be important 4 me.finding gifts is easy if u know ur freinds well and have some information about them aswell.

03:48 AM Aug 21 2011 |

New-moon

New-moon

Morocco

conserning me I find that giving or receiving gifts is amazing but how I see it there r so many things for girls so if u wanna buy a gift for a girl u can find many thing unlike for boys ::: 

01:18 AM Aug 21 2011 |

bluese

bluese

Turkey

Hello, you will be given the most beautiful gift of loving, a heart full of love, and I think that the multiplier for your heart to think that if we accept the gift.Kiss

07:53 PM Aug 20 2011 |

ricardom

ricardom

Mexico

RubyEy can you tell us what was your gift?

07:39 PM Aug 20 2011 |

bluese

bluese

Turkey

s one of the most essential elements of human life, the gifts, to thank each other for the most beautiful items offered gifts to show their love.

07:23 PM Aug 20 2011 |

saeedsirtex

Iran, Islamic Republic Of

welll for me giving gift so easy…i always try not to spend alot time and money for gift…and more than often my gift is best..i d occasiionaly think what that person want or love…..


here most men who are also 30 love playing handle and sooccer 2010 or sp… always buy it for them….

06:04 PM Aug 20 2011 |

katnusha

katnusha

Russian Federation


I like giving gifts. For me, it’s not easy to find gifts for my friends, relatives. I think, gifts reflect our true relation, feelings to the person.  So we should give those gifts that make the person happy.   To someone it’s a nice trinket box, for another – the serious book, and to someone simple a postcard with devout wishes is the most valuable gift.  The main thing to understand expectation and don’t mix.

04:21 PM Aug 20 2011 |

Anthony Yuan

China

I think this dialog is very useful. I like it very much and I also want to try my best to use the tips form the host!

03:41 PM Aug 20 2011 |

habiba ahmed

Lebanon

Smile



03:22 PM Aug 20 2011 |

narges

narges

Iran, Islamic Republic Of

well, if i wanna give gift to my dears i`d prefer to give my crafts,,,i like when they see my gift they remember me… but i don`t feel hurt when others don`t give me gift..i`d rather feel exciting cuz of something or go out or do sth special for me… but my friends & i have a good plan for our birthday gifts…we gather money for one of us..then ask her/him what she/he wants..then we buy it… i wanted a pro book about photography…it was my best gift i`ve ever received… ;)

03:09 PM Aug 20 2011 |

RubyEy

RubyEy

China

I got a gift today. It’s amazing! And I think it’s the best gift that I have ever received.

02:55 PM Aug 20 2011 |

Madline

Madline

Jordan

mmmmm….........I really DO like gifts …...... It depends on the case I f I wanna give the gift 4 a close friends its so easy but if it’s 4 a far friends it takes alot of time to think creativly about the gift ….....the best gift was a modern mobile phone it was from my great dad( I consider that gift is the best not because it’s expensive because it’s from my dad) and I’d like also to emphasis on that statment about “the present or the gift not in its value if it’s expensive or no …..but in its MEANING):

02:40 PM Aug 20 2011 |

faisal abdo

Sudan

yes ido


yes ifind  it easy

02:40 PM Aug 20 2011 |

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