A：Why do you want to study Japanese?
B：I like the way Chinese characters are used in Japanese. Some are the same as in Chinese, some are different.
A：It’s the same with English and French. There are some words which are the same but mean different things, and vice versa.
B：I also love the way Japanese sounds. It’s very musical.
A: How are your legs? Not too tired? This is the final stretch. We’re almost at the top. B: So do we need to walk up that path? I think I’ll be fine: it looks like a gentle ascent, and there are steps all the way. A: Appearances can be deceptive. The path gets quite steep further on, and the steps become broken and irregular. We’re not out of the woods yet. B: What does that signpost say? If we take the right fork we will get to a temple in 25 minutes. A: Nice try. We’re going