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11 Valentines Day
J: Hi I'm Jody and welcome to American Cafe!
J: That's right, Yang Chen, it's Valentine's Day. So we left the cafe. We came out on the street to find out what people are buying for Valentine's Day!
Y: 巧克力！ 我现在口水要流出来了。
J: And Yang Chen, we've come to the perfect place, Chocolate Chocolate. And you, Yang Chen, I know something about the name Chocolate Chocolate. The chocolate is so good they have to say it twice
Y: 没错。巧克力！ 巧克力！！！今天是情人节。你第一个想到的是人们都送什么礼物呢？就是巧克力。确实是，你看里面人那么多，买巧克力的人好像大多数都是男的。
J: Of course, women love chocolate. Men like to send their sweethearts all kind of good stuff, diamonds and flowers and chocolate.
J: That's a great idea. But first let's talk to..., oh, let's talk to this guy! Are these chocolates for you?
Man: No, actually one's for my fiance and one's for my mom.
Yang Chen: That's so sweet!
Jody: So, we were just saying that Valentine's Day is not only to show your love for a special someone but also family and friends. Is that true?
Man: Yes it is. Women like chocolate anytime, next to diamonds.
Jody: You know, there's a diamond store right up the road.
Man: All right, I passed that one on the way. So...
J: What else for Valentine's Day are popular traditions when you guys plan to do?
Man: Probably dinner, roses, maybe some perfume.
J: Oh, look, there's another guy. I bet he's buying chocolate for his girlfriend.
J: We are in front of Victoria's Secret store and the window is full of sexy red underwear just for Valentine's Day!
Y: 我可能不太会去买这种红色的内衣。That's not for me.
J: So, traditional gifts for Valentine's Day include chocolate, sexy underwear, and also flowers.
Jody: First your name and why you chose to buy roses for your lovely wife on Valentine's Day.
David: Okay, my name is David Pollack and I like to buy the roses for my wife (be)'cause Valentine's Day it's a sentimental value for her to know that I love her and show some appreciation.
Y: 说起来Valentine's Day，中国翻成情人节。
J: Literally, "Lover's Day."
J: Exactly. Valentine's Day is not just for lovers. Children show their love for their parents. Friends can show their love for each other. So, it's a time of the year to show your feelings, I guess.
J: You think the name should be changed to something like "Love Day."
J: 爱心节！Okay, so we've gone to the flower guy, we've gone to the sexy underwear store, we've gone to the chocolate store. What else is there for Valentine's Day?
Y: Diamonds! 钻石！
J: There's a diamond store?! Let's go!
(Enter sound of running)
Jody: We are here in a diamond store in Washington, D.C. What are your comments about Valentine's Day and its relationship to diamonds in general?
Mervis: Diamond symbolizes love because for many, many centuries it has always been a tradition of longevity and because demand is pretty much the hardest gem it has a stigma that it lasts forever, which it does. And men and women have always been attracted to its sparkle and brilliance and beauty.
Jody: Yeh, if you have sweetheart what do you plan to do this Valentine's Day.
Mervis: well I have more than just a sweetheart. I have a very beautiful wife and three kids. And believe me, my wife is going be spoiled rotten on this Valentine. I shouldn't be saying this in case she hears and I'll let the cat out of the bag. And I speak a large pair of diamond studs for her ears. And...yeh....
J: Diamonds are a girls' best friends.
Y: Jody, 你觉得今天过得怎么样？
J: Oh, today is so fun! I love hearing what people are doing for Valentine's Day! Thank you for you joining us outside in D.C. visiting all the places where people are buying traditional Valentine's Day gifts. That's all the time we have on American Cafe! See you next time.
J: Free samples? Let's go back now! We're so silly.
(Enter "You're My Funny Valentine" by Tony Bennett)
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