Jingjing: Hey Mark, keeping cool?
Mark: What? It's not that hot yet. I'd be glad if this were as hot as it got through September. But I know we have a few months of warm, hot, and sweltering days up ahead of us.
Jingjing: I've got some ice cream. Would you like some?
Mark: I would, but I just finished lunch and need to get back to work right away. Do you have it in the freezer?
Jingjing: Yeah, I'll save some for you. It's chocolate chocolate chip.
Mark: What brand is it?
Jingjing: I'm not really sure. Are you an ice cream snob?
Mark: No. I mean, I'm always grateful for free ice cream. I was just wondering what to look forward to after work.
Jingjing: What's your favorite brand?
Mark: You might not have heard of it: Ben & Jerry's. In the States, it's one of the big ones, like Häagen-Dazs or Baskin-Robbins.
Jingjing: I can't say I have. Those other two brands are kind of expensive though. Is Ben & Jerry's also pretty pricey?
Mark: Yeah. But, I mean, if you're going to have ice cream once in a while, it's worth it to get something really delicious.
Jingjing: What's your favorite flavor?
Mark: I like mint chocolate cookie. I can eat a whole pint of that before getting tired of it, maybe two!
Jingjing: Well, it sounds like you really pig out on ice cream—once in a while.
Mark: Yeah, once in a while. See you after work, Jingjing! Keep that ice cream cold for me!
New words: 习语短语
very hot weather, uncomfortable
someone who only likes the most expensive brands
the big ones 大牌
famous brands, seen everywhere
Jingjing: There you are, Mark. All done with work?
Mark: Yep. I'm ready for a treat!
Jingjing: Someone ate up the ice cream we were talking about. So, here's a Wa Wa Lian. Have you had it before?
Mark: Yeah, lots of times. It's one of my favorite kinds of ice cream sold at corner stores.
Jingjing: I've had this kind of ice cream since I was a kid. I like how the face is made from chocolate and vanilla.
Mark: Yeah, it's fun to eat. Say, I forgot to ask, what's your favorite kind of ice cream—besides Wa Wa Lian?
Jingjing: Actually, I like some of the healthier alternatives, like frozen yogurt or sorbet.
Mark: Those are healthier, because they have less cream.
Jingjing: Yeah, sherbet is okay too, with some cream. Mainly, I like fruit flavors—strawberry, peach, blueberry. And those taste really fresh as frozen yogurt or sherbet or sorbet.
Mark: Well, it sounds like you and I like different flavors.
Jingjing: That might be. But I agree that a frozen treat should be good quality.
Mark: Have you ever tried to make ice cream yourself?
Jingjing: You mean like with a machine? No, I haven't.
Mark: I did, but it took a long time, and didn't taste very good.
Jingjing: Ha ha. I prefer to buy ice cream—or frozen yogurt—and then add a lot more fresh fruit myself.
Mark: Good idea, that way you're making a sundae or a banana split.
Jingjing: Stop! You're making me hungry!
New words: 习语短语
similar things, but different in one important way (low-fat alternatives, sugar-free alternatives, vegetarian alternatives)
frozen yogurt 冰冻酸奶
frozen fruit juice and sugar, with no milk or cream at all
frozen fruit juice and sugar, with a little cream—lighter than ice cream
a dish made with ice cream, syrup and fruit
banana split 香蕉圣代
a dish made like a sundae, but served over a banana that has been cut in half lengthwise