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258 bread; nest egg
LH: Larry, 我想回中国看看我父母。I need to make some more bread.
LL: You need to make more bread? I know you aren't a baker, Li Hua, so you must have learned that bread is slang for money.
LH: 没错。那天我听一个朋友说，他要跟父母借点钱，因为he was short on bread，缺钱花了。
LL: Well, Li Hua, how about you? Can you borrow some bread from your parents for a plane ticket home?
LL: Well, with the Christmas holidays coming up, there will be many opportunities for you to earn some bread.
LL: I wouldn't think so, but if you do have trouble, I can always loan you some bread.
LH: 谢谢你，Larry. 但是不到迫不得已，我还是希望自己想办法。
LL: Okay, I understand. So, Li Hua, have you thought about where you might want to work?
LH: 我想到百货商店去打工，虽然那里的工作没太大的意思，但是I'd really only be doing it for the bread.
LL: I think a department store is a good choice for you. Who knows? You may even be able to pay for your plane ticket to China and save a little bread.
LL: Well, I am very lucky to have my job at the architect's office. Right now, I am bringing in a good amount of bread.
LL: Well, I spend a lot on monthly expenses, but I also try to save some bread every month and, if possible, invest it.
LL: Saving is important, Li Hua. I am trying to build a nest egg so that I can buy a house some day.
LL: (Laughs) No, no, Li Hua. A "Nest Egg" is a term for money put away in reserve for some special purpose - like getting married, buying a house, or retiring.
LL: Well, as I understand it, a "nest egg" was originally a fake egg placed in a nest to attract birds to lay more eggs. By putting aside money as a nest egg, you hope it will grow and make more money.
LL: Yes, my parents have done this. But, they have also invested some of their nest egg in the stock market.
LL: It can be, but my parents aren't investing in the stock market on their own. They have an investment company that is helping them manage their nest egg.
LH: 那就好，等我开始在百货商店打工了，I hope I'll have a nest egg, too.
LL: Well, I am building a nest egg to someday buy a house - What about you, Li Hua? What is your nest egg for?
LL: That's a good plan. My older brother wants to build a nest egg for his children.
LH: Wait a minute, Larry. 你哥哥不是没孩子吗？
LL: You are right, Li Hua, but he has recently gotten married, and he and his wife want to have children. They will need to have a big nest egg for that!
LL: Yes, they won't just need a chicken-sized nest egg - they'll need an ostrich-sized nest egg!
今天李华学到了两个常用语。一个是bread, 指钱。另一个是nest egg, 是存下来的钱。
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