A: Hey, what are you writing about?
B: I’m planning my trip to Japan next week. Do you need anything from there?
A: I love Japanese soft boiled eggs and deep-fried chicken skin. Can you buy some for me?
Photo: Tu Chien-jung, Liberty Times 照片：自由時報塗建榮
B: I’m afraid I can’t! According to the Bureau of Animal and Plant Health Inspection and Quarantine, travelers can’t bring any meat products made from land animals into Taiwan.
（Translated by Eddy Chang, Taipei Times／台北時報張聖恩）
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對話 Dialogue 小實：馬克，你下個月回美國可以幫我買些東西嗎？ Xiǎoshí: Mǎkè, nǐ xià ge yuè huí Měiguó kěyǐ bāng wǒ mǎixiē dōngxi ma? 馬克：可以啊！你要買「維他命」嗎？ Mǎkè: Kěyǐ a! Nǐ yāomǎi “wéitāmìng” ma? 小實：哈哈，是啊！你怎麼知道我要買維生素？ Xiǎoshí: Haha, shì a! Nǐ zěnme zhīdào wǒ yào mǎi wéishēngsù? 馬克：現在大家很重視健康，所以我常常幫朋友買。 Mǎkè: Xiànzài dàjiā hěn zhòngshì jiànkāng, suǒyǐ wǒ chángcháng bāng péngyǒu mǎi 小實：嗯！在臺灣買這些保健食品都比較貴。 Xiǎoshí: En! Zài Táiwān mǎi zhèxiē bǎojiàn shípǐn dōu bǐjiào guì. 馬克：你只要買維他命嗎？葉黃素要不要？ Mǎkè: Nǐ zhǐyào mǎi wéitāmìng ma? Yèhuángsù yào bùyào? 小實：要要要！現在常常看3C螢幕，一定要保護眼睛。 Xiǎoshí: Yào yào yào! Xiànzài chángcháng kàn 3C yíngmù, yídìng yào bǎohù yǎnjīng. 馬克：不過，這些東西還是比不上真正的食物。 Mǎkè: Búguò, zhèxiē dōngxi háishì bǐ bú shàng zhēnzhèng de shíwù. 小實：平常吃得不夠營養，就只好吃保健食品了！ Xiǎoshí: Píngcháng chī de búgòu yíngyǎng, jiù zhǐhǎo chī bǎojiàn shípǐn le! 翻譯 Translation Xiaoshi: Mark, can you buy something