Strangers at the Dinner Table|餐桌上的陌生人

by Marcus Maurice

Would you like to eat a three-course meal with people you don't know?

  Airbnb was a strange concept to start with. The founders thought that people might want to _(1)_ out their apartments or homes to strangers when they were away on vacation to earn some extra cash. They were not sure if people would trust strangers enough to let them in their houses, but they tried anyway. The gamble paid

_(2)_ and the service caught on. Now Airbnb is a global phenomenon. Airbnb has become one of the most successful startups in the world, and it is currently _(3)_ at around US$10 billion. Now, Airbnb is back at it again and this time they want people to cook for others they do not know.

  Airbnb is always _(4)_ with new ways to create memorable experiences. They recently created dinner with strangers in San Francisco. This is a platform where people can invite strangers into their homes, cook them a three-course meal, and make US$25 per person. Airbnb takes a small cut of this _(5)_, just like they do for renting apartments. When the meal is done, people can review the dishes and let others know if it is _(6)_ to try that person's food. After the meal, the people can choose to hang around and socialize or just go home.

  While dinner with strangers has only just started, it seems like a no-brainer that it will catch on quickly. Airbnb has a great network of people who trust each other's reviews. This is a great way to meet new people in a _(7)_ setting while eating delicious meals. Imagine the possibility of going to a foreign country for vacation and eating a home-cooked meal with new friends right off the plane.

1. (A) rent (B) wear (C) fill (D) make

2. (A) in (B) up (C) down (D) off

3. (A) registered (B) limited (C) noted (D) valued

4. (A) interfering (B) experimenting (C) colliding (D) paralleling

5. (A) obligation (B) intonation (C) transaction (D) subscription

6. (A) worthwhile (B) sociable (C) deliberate (D) alternative

7. (A) conscious (B) creepy (C) unique (D) previous






答案: 1. A 2. D 3. D 4. B 5. C

6. A 7. C



Strangers at the Dinner Table|餐桌上的陌生人