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大耳朵课堂tiziano老师情景口语2011-09-24上课笔记和录音

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                    *★*  tiziano老师情景口语  *★*

                                          ——月亮整理

                                                                                                        

                                                                                                

*★*shrimp [ʃrimp] 详细»

n. 虾;小虾;矮小的人

 

adj. 有虾的;虾制的

 

vi. 捕虾

 

这里讲个子矮小的人

 

Basketball is a game for tall people. But once in a while a player like Mugsy Bogues comes along. Mugsy is a real shrimp -- only 1.6 meters tall. But he's so quick and clever he can play on equal terms with all those giants.篮球是一项高个子人的比赛,但是也有像马格西博格这样的矮个子球员。他是个真正的矮个,只有1米6.但是他身子灵活,可以和高个子球员一样发挥作用。

 

 

The great French leader Napoleon was shorter than everybody around him, so you'd have to call him a little shrimp. But for a shrimp, he certainly made the rest of Europe tremble

法国伟大人物拿破仑,他比周围的人都矮。你可以叫他小虾,但就是这样一只小虾却震撼了整个欧洲。

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

*★*crab [kræb] 详细»

n. 螃蟹;蟹肉;脾气乖戾的人;起重机

 

vt. 抱怨;破坏;使偏航

 

vi. 捕蟹;发牢骚;抱怨

 

 

这里讲性格暴躁,脾气很坏的人

 

I don't like any of my teachers much, but the one I hate the most is Missus Gray. She's such an old crab, always scolding us for making noise, chewing gum, not doing our homework.我最不喜欢格雷老师,她真的是个老螃蟹。她老骂我们制造噪音,吃口香糖。不做家庭作业。

My neighbor is such an old crab. He practically does not allow me to listen to music and watch TV. Whenever I turn on my radio or television set, he knocks on my door and angrily orders me to stop.我的邻居真是个老螃蟹,她简直不让我看电视和听音乐。每当我打开电视机或收音机,她都过来怒气冲冲的敲门,要我关掉它们。

 

 

 

 

 

 

*★*To smell fishy某一件事情上你感到不太對頭,似乎有人在進行欺騙

 

Somebody offered to sell me some beach property in Florida at a good cheap price. But the deal smelled fishy so I went down to take a look. Sure enough, every time the tide came in, the land was under three feet of water.有人表示要卖给我佛罗里达海滩,好便宜的价格。但我在该协议闻到了可疑的味道,所以我去看一看。果然,每当潮水进来,土地在三英尺深的水中。

 

It appeared to be a real bargain, but I smelled something fishy because the man was in such a hurry to sell it. I was right -- later on I found out the car was stolen.

这看起来是一个真正的交易,但我闻到一些可疑的味道,因为人那麽急急忙忙的要卖掉它。我还真是没错,后来我才发现那辆车是偷来的。

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

*★*To fish for compliments。用一種巧妙的方法來讓別人恭維你、讚揚你

Do you notice how Dora always fishes for compliments? She keeps asking the men in the office what they think of her new hairdo, or whether they think her new dress is the right color for her.你有没有注意到多拉是怎么让别人恭维她的?她在办公室里老是问一些男同事喜不喜欢她的发式,或者他们是否认为她的新衣服的颜色对她是不是合适。

I hope you don't think I'm fishing for a compliment, but have you had a chance to read my new book? The reviews are good, but I'd like to hear what you think about it.

我希望你不要以为我是要你恭维我。你有没有看过我的新书?书评倒写的都很好,但是我很想听听你的意见。”

 

 

 

 

*★*Turkey無能、很笨

I wouldn't go out on a date with Mary if she was the last woman in the world. She's such a turkey with that boring personality and stupid grin.

我不会去跟玛丽约就算她是世界上的最后一个女人。她真是个傻子,很让人讨厌,还有愚蠢的笑容。

This man came with a good recommendation from his last job, but it turns out he's just a turkey who simply can't do anything right!

这个人来的时候,他写了很多的推荐信介绍他原来工作。可是,他原来是个笨蛋就不能做对一件事!

 

 

 

 

 

 

*★*Cold turkey突然終止某種已經成隱的習慣

You know, for 25 years I smoked two packs a day. But the day a good friend of mine died of lung cancer, I decided to go cold turkey and never light up another cigarette. It was tough, but it was the smartest thing I ever did in my life.你知道,已有25年了,我每天抽两包烟。直到有一天我的一个好朋友死于肺癌,我决定去戒烟,从不点燃另一根烟。它是困难的,但是这是我在我的生命中做过的最聪明的事。

 

 

 

 

 

 

*★*beefy ['bi:fi] 详细»adj. 象牛肉的;结实的;健壮的

形容人个子高大,肌肉发达

 

These two guys were pushing me around until my brother, who's a beefy football player on the school team, came out and asked me if I needed help. You should have seen those two guys run!那两个人在欺负我的兄弟,我这句话的意思是校队的足球运动员,出来问我要不要帮忙。你是一个膀大腰圆的家伙!

 

You expect a big, beefy man to have a deep, deep voice. But my beefy neighbor who must weigh 120 kilos has a high-pitched squeaky voice like a man half his size.

你以为一个个子高大、非常粗壮的人有一个低沉的声音。但是我那邻居,虽然他高头大马人最少重120公斤,然而他的声音却又像一个人体重只有他的一半大小的人发出的。

 

 

 

 

 

 

*★*To beef up增加力量

A general beefs up his forces before a battle by adding more tanks and artillery. 一个将军在战役前可以通过增加坦克和大炮来增强他的部队的A college can beef up its educational level by hiring highly-qualified professors.一所大学可以通过聘请很有资格的教授来提高它的教育水平。

I am happy to tell you that our sales increased almost 25 percent in the last six months after we beefed up our sales force by hiring 50 more sales people in California and Texas.我很高兴地告诉你,我们的销售量增加了25%在过去的六个月中,我们在加利福尼亚州和德克萨斯州雇用50多个销售人员加强我们的销售队伍。

 

 

 

 

 

*★*snowball形容某一樣東西很快就變得越來越大

Sally's happy about how her new seafood restaurant is doing. Business was slow at first but it's really snowballed the last couple of months; now you have to wait in line to get a table.莎莉的快乐来自于她新开的海鲜饭馆。事业要缓慢的发展,刚开始生意很清淡,但是最近两个月,现在你要座位还得排队等。

The latest polls show that public opinion is starting to snowball in favor of our opponent. We need to find some more good things to say about our candidate and find them quick.

最新的民意调查显示,选民越来越倾向于我们的对手了。我们必须再找些有利于我们候选人的事情宣扬,而且还要尽快地行动。

 

 

 

 

 

*★*Snow job用拍馬屁、誇張等手法來欺騙或者是說服別人

This guy kept telling me how much I'd save with his company. But when I read the policy he was selling, I realized he was giving me a snow job. So I told him thanks but no thanks.这家伙不停地告诉我他的公司会省多少钱。但是,当我看了他推销的保险政策,我才明白他是在骗我。所以我告诉他,谢谢,我不要。”

That new man who's running for Congress makes a lot of promises what he'll do for the people. But I keep having this uneasy feeling that he's only giving us a snow job.

那个刚参加竞选国会议员的做了许多保证,说他以后要为公众做些什麽事。但是,我总感到不安,觉得他只不过是在给我们一个花架子。

 

 

 

 

*★*To break the ice緩和緊張氣氛,使在場的人放鬆一些

He started the meeting with a couple of jokes to get people to relax. Then he went around the table and asked everybody to stand up and tell a little about themselves and that broke the ice in a hurry.他在开始会议前讲两个笑话,让大家放松一些。然后,他围着桌子让每个人站起来简单地自我介绍,这样很快就使气氛缓和了。

It's hard to break the ice at a party for adults where everybody is a stranger. But you get a bunch of young kids together and the noise tells you they break the ice in five minutes.在一个聚会上很难打破僵局,每个人都是陌生的成年人。但是,要是一群孩子在一起,告诉你他们的噪音在五分钟会打破僵局。

 

 

 

 

 

*★*Iceberg一個人很冷漠無情,缺乏正常人的熱情

We thought our neighbor next door was a real iceberg, cold and aloof to us all. But at his daughter's wedding he wore a big smile and was so friendly I couldn't believe he was the same man.我们觉得我们隔壁的邻居是个真正的冰山、。但在他女儿的婚礼,他戴着一个大大的笑容,很友善,我简直不敢相信他是同一个人。

 

 

 

 

*★*Where’s the beef?不要盡說空話,我們要看實質性的成就

Where's the beef, Mr. President -- where's the beef?成就在哪里?总统先生,成就在哪里?

Our history teacher is a good talker but there isn't much real meat about history in what he says. I'd like to ask him, 'Where's the beef?' because we sure don't learn much from him.我们的历史老师很能夸夸其谈,但是他所说的对历史没有什么实质性的东西。我想问他,“内容在哪儿?”因为我们确实不从中学到许多。

 

 

 

 

*★*Turkey farm在每個政府機構或者私營公司裡,總會有一些工作能力低或者是不願意勤懇工作的人;但是,由於種種原因,領導又沒有辦法解雇這些人.為了使工作不受影響,這些機構的領導往往把這些人調到一個地方,就像打入冷宮一樣.實際上也就是把他們養在那裡(指在一个公司里毫无用处的部门)

 

The man is so incompetent we'd like to fire him. But he has good political connections so we sent him to our turkey farm out in Denver where he can't cause much damage.

这个人是无能,我们很想解雇他。但是他和一些政界人物关系很好,所以我们就把他送到丹佛那个机构里去,那样他就不能再起多大破坏作用了。”

There is a secretary in my office who tries to do as little as possible. I have warned her several times. If she continues to behave that way, one day I am going to send her to the turkey farm.我办公室里的一个秘书总是设法干得越少。我已经警告她好几次了。要是她继续这样下去的话,总有一天我要把她送到那个全是废物的部门去。

 

 

 

 

 

*★*Sitting duck一個很容易受騙或者被打擊的對象

My friend Joe is a sitting duck for any phony offer that promises to make him rich in a hurry. Anytime a fast-talking salesman comes along with a promise to make Joe a millionaire overnight, Joe will hand over his money. And, of course, he'll never see it again.我朋友乔有一个一夜致富的目标。那些推销员滔滔不绝的允诺他可以一夜致富。他把钱交到了他们手里。当然,他是再也见不到他的钱了。

It was early on a Sunday morning and the Americans had no warning. So the battleships and destroyers were sitting ducks when the Japanese bombers swept in from the sea.这是早期的一个星期天的清晨,美国人根本没有得到警告。所以,当日本轰炸机从海上飞来清扫的时候那些战舰和驱逐舰只能束手待毙当活靶子。

 

 

 

 

*★*Dead duck一種毫無希望的境地,給予它任何幫助都無濟於事(注定要完蛋的人;没有价值的人或事)

If I were you, I wouldn't put any more money into the restaurant. It's simply in the wrong part of town. Honey, I'm afraid it's already a dead duck -- there isn't any way to save it.如果我是你,我就不会再为这个餐馆投资了。它地段很不好。亲爱的,恐怕这个饭馆是已经完蛋了,没有任何方法可以挽救了。

The President's proposal looks like a dead duck -- some congressmen in his own party are against it, so I'm afraid he won't get enough votes to get it passed through the Congress.总统的提案看起来死定了,一些他自己党内的议员都反对,所以他恐怕不能获得足够的票数使得这一提案在国会通过。

 

 

 

 

*★*To chicken out臨陣退卻

Today I was sure I could work up my courage and dive off the ten-meter board at the pool. I walked right out to the edge, but then I chickened out -- it looked like a long way down to the water!今天,我确信我能鼓起勇气,纵身跳下10米板。我一直走到边缘,但后来我胆怯了,——它看起来到水面好远!

My friend Joe was planning to get married for the fourth time. But at the last moment he chickened out because his first three marriages ended in divorce and he was afraid to take another chance.我的朋友乔伊原来准备要第四次结婚。可是,到了最后一分钟他胆怯了,因为他结过三次婚,最后结局都是离婚,所以他怕这次又会不成功。”

 

 

 

 

 

*★*Chicken feed很小數量的錢

I turned down the job at the hamburger restaurant. They only pay chicken feed -- not even enough money to pay my rent.我拒绝了这份在汉堡包餐馆的工作。他们付的工资实在太少,还不够我付房租的钱。

My grandfather says that 50 years ago a salary of $5,000 a year meant you could live very comfortably. But these days $5,000 is just chicken feed; you'd have a tough time just surviving on it.我的祖父说,五十年前,一年5000美元的工资意味著你可以生活的很舒服。但是这些天5000美元只够鸡饲料,你就仅仅只是活着,还有很长的路要走。

 

 

 

 

 

*★*Spring chicken年轻少女

See that woman sitting over there -- the one wearing the flashy red dress and too much lipstick and eye shadow? She is flirting with that good-looking young man across from her. Well, she's certainly no spring chicken; that man looks young enough to be her son!看到那个坐着的女人了吗,一个穿着华丽——一件红色的裙子和太多的唇膏和眼影吗?她是和对面英俊的年轻人打情骂俏。她当然不年轻了,那个男人看起来都足够做她的儿子了。”

I'm over forty, so I'm not a spring chicken any more. But I can still play a good game of tennis. In fact, I can take my 20 years old son out to the tennis court and beat him any day of the week.我在四十岁了,所以我不是个小孩子了。但是我还能打出精彩的比赛,网球。事实上,我可以跟我的20岁的儿子去他的网球场,这个星期的任何一天。

 

 

 

 

 

*★*Goose bumps鸡皮疙瘩

I know that most snakes are harmless, but I can't help it - every time I see a snake, even in a zoo, I get goose bumps all over!  我知道大多数的蛇是不咬人的,但是我不能帮助它——每当我看到蛇,即使在动物园,我全身就会起鸡皮疙瘩!  

 

Do you know, I have seen every movie with Madonna in it at least five times. Just seeing her picture in a magazine gives me goose bumps -- she's such a beautiful woman!

你知道吗,我已经看到了麦当娜至少五次在一个电影里。只看她的照片在一本杂志上出现我就起鸡皮疙瘩——她是一个美丽的女人!

 特色课堂录音—Tiziano老师2011年9月24日http://bbs.ebigear.com/thread-212484-1-1.html

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