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EVERYDAY ENGLISH

A: Today is the 25th of the 12th lunar month, what we Hakka call “log ngien ga,” which means we begin preparing for the Lunar New Year holiday from today.

B: Prepare what kind of things?

A: We have a big stove at home to steam cakes. From today, Ma will go to the market to buy ingredients to make tian ban, cai tou ban, fa ban and xian ban.

B: Hold on, you’re talking too fast for me, I’m hearing nothing but ban this, ban that. And why is it your mother doing all the shopping?

A: 今天是農曆臘月二十五號,我們客家人稱「落年假」,也就是從今天起開始準備過年。

B: 準備什麼樣的東西啊?

A: 我老家有一個大灶可以蒸糕,所以今天開始我媽媽就會去市場採買食材,準備做甜粄、菜頭粄、發粄、鹹粄。

B: 等等你講太快了,你說那是什麼粄,而且為什麼是你媽媽去採買啊?

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