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2006-3-22
旺旺英语语音精品报
 
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blunt 
(a.) 直率的,直言不讳的

He's very blunt and will tell you what he thinks about anything.

他的个性非常直率,会把他所想的都说出来。

upset 
(a.) 心烦的,苦恼的

Don't get upset. He shouts at everyone.
别伤心。他对每个人都用吼的。

 
 
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on the market

上市

There are some cool MP3 players on the market.
市面上有一些很酷的MP3随身听。

 
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Maybe I'm not cut out for a company job.

也许我不适合在公司上班。

A: You must come to all the parties or nobody will like you.
B: Aya! Maybe I'm not cut out for a company job.

A:你必须参加所有的派对,要不然没人会喜欢你。
B:唉呀!也许我不适合在公司上班。

 
 => 每日会话 

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The three of them walk to Ocean's car
Kai: I didn't know Mr. Lee was a surfer!
Ocean: Charlie has always been way ahead of his time. And he's a true renaissance man.
Kai: Mr. Lee never ceases to amaze me. A middle-aged Taiwanese man into healthy living, who's also a surfer! What's next?
Ocean: Knowing Charlie, I always thought you Chinese respected health and nature. I'm all into Taoism, myself.
Kai: Wow, I didn't realize that you Americans would be so interested in Eastern things.

(续上期,待续)

三人走到阿海的车
小凯:我倒不知道李先生当初是个玩冲浪的。
阿海:查理一直远远领先时代潮流。他还是个多才多艺的人。
小凯:李先生一直让我惊奇不断。一个中年台湾男人热中于健康生活,还是个玩冲浪的!然后呢?
阿海:因为认识查理,我一直以为你们华人崇敬健康和自然。我自己就非常迷道家思想。
小凯:哇,我都不知道你们美国人会对东方事物这么有兴趣。


重点解说:

★ ahead of someone's time (某人)领先潮流,走在时代前端
★ renaissance man 多才多艺的人
★ cease (v.) 停止
★ Taoism (n.) 老庄思想,道教

 
 => 每日背诵小段落 

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Other researchers, however, have found serious methodological flaws in some of the studies that claim to demonstrate a relationship between a full moon and human behavior. Also, no research has yet found a direct link between the phases of the moon and attacks of depression or mania.

然而其它研究人员发现,某些宣称能证明月圆与人类行为有关的研究存在方法上的严重错误。而且没有一项研究发现月亮圆缺与人类忧郁症或颠狂症的发作有直接联系。

(短文节选,本篇始于第1237期)

 
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I'm on a budget.

I'm on a budget. 是指‘我在节约用钱’,Budget可解作‘预算’,也有‘廉价’的含意,例如:Budget house (廉价的房子)、Budget car(廉价的汽车)。除了说I'm on a budget.外,也可说:I'm saving money.(我在存钱) / I'm cutting costs.(我在节省开支)/ It's out of my range.(这超出我的预算)。

对话
Wife: Hey honey. It's our 5th year anniversary tomorrow, what would you like to do?
Husband: Well, what about a romantic night at home? I can cook you your favorite dinner.
Wife: No, we've done that every year for the past five years. I want you to take me for dinner and dancing at that new club that's just opened.
Husband: Humm…well all right. We'll go to that new club, but I'm on a budget so don't go ordering the most expensive dish on the menu.

妻子: 嘿,亲爱的,明天是我们的五周年纪念,你想做什么?
丈夫: 嗯,在家过一个浪漫的晚上好吗? 我可以做你最喜欢的晚餐。
妻子: 不,过去五年我们每年都是如此,我想要你带我外出吃晚饭和去那间新开的会所跳舞。
丈夫: 唔……好吧。那么我们就去那间新会所,但我在节省开支,所以别点餐牌上最昂贵的菜啊。

丈夫和妻子外出吃饭,事先叫她不要点最昂贵的菜:I'm on a budget so don't go ordering the most expensive dish。他们应该去一家budget restaurant。 Budget是‘财务预算’。一般而言,手头拮据的人用钱特别要精打细算,所以budget今天往往有‘符合预算’或‘便宜’的意思,作形容词 (adjective),只可用在名词之前,例如budget clothes(廉价衣服)、budget travel(廉价旅游)等。Budget restaurant即‘廉价的餐厅’。Budget这个用法常见于广告。Quality furniture at budget prices! 即‘价廉物美的家具’。

To be on a (tight) budget即‘必须努力节省用钱’,一个类似说法是to practise economy。上述那位做丈夫的可以说:We've to practise economy, so don't go ordering the most expensive dish。
Economy除了解作‘经济’,也可解作‘节约’。所以,这个字有两个形容词:economic指‘经济上的’,economical指‘节约的’。Rapid economic growth is often accompanied by inflation. 是说‘经济成长迅速,往往会带来通胀’;Comparing prices is an economical way of shopping. 则是说‘购物时比较一下价格,是省钱的办法’。

要慎用金钱,你还可以说:We have to watch our money / every dime / our spending.(我们得小心用钱 / 使用每一角钱 / 花费)、We have to be careful with our money.(我们得小心用钱)、We have to cut back on expenses.(我们要少点花费)。


作者:古德明(香港)

 
 
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