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Karly:Then how can you say that you don’t understand art?

Jason:The paintings in my house are just decorations. I’m still not interested in visiting a museum to look at stuff that has no purpose.

Karly:I beg to differ. Art has a purpose – to communicate with people across time and culture.

Jason:Well, t doesn’t communicate anything to me. I can’t believe people actually make money from it.

Karly:It takes a great deal of time and skill to produce a work of art. Why wouldn’t people get paid for great quality and creativity?

Jason:I just think that resources that go into art could be used for better things. That money could help those who are starving or homeless.

Karly:But art can help those in need. Plenty of artists use their works to raise money for good causes and needy people.

Jason:That may be true. Either way, I already have plans to watch a DVD tonight.

Karly:Oh, which one?

Jason:I rented The Monuments Men. I heard it was really good.

Karly:That’s about a group of guys whose mission is to salvage art masterpieces during World War Ⅱ.

Jason:Oh.

Karly:I hope you enjoy it!

decoration:裝飾(品)、裝潢
stuff:物品
beg to differ:恐怕難以苟同、恕難同意
beg:請求原諒、乞討
differ:不同、相異
take a great deal of:花費大量的、花去許多的
creativity:創意、創造力
resource:資源、財力
starving:挨餓的
good cause:正當理由、好事
needy:貧窮的、有需要的、窮困的
the needy:有需要的人、貧困的人
salvage:搶救、打撈(財物)、挽回、保全
masterpiece:名作、傑作


文法:
to go into = to be spent with
(投入、花在、用在)

特別補充:
to make a living
:賺錢謀生
beggar:乞丐
beg the question:假設性的推斷、提出一個問題

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