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2005-6-30
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budget 
(n.) 预算

The budget for our vacation is $1,000.

我们度假的预算有美金1000元。

hike 
(v.) 健行

Do you like to hike in the mountains?
你喜欢去山上健行吗?
 
 
 => 每日短语 


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figure out

想出,解决

Have you figured out a way to get in touch with her?
你找到和她联络的方式了吗?

 
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How was your day?

今天过得好吗?

A: How was your day?
B: It was fine, thanks. How was yours?

A: 今天过得好吗?
B: 谢谢,还不错,你呢?

 
 => 每日会话 

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Taylor: People will think you took the easy way out. No creativity.
Yi-jun: Oh, then I should pick out a gift. Something for the house maybe?
Taylor: Couples always get like four toasters and five blenders. I bet they use the extras for wedding gifts later on.
Yi-jun: So, what should I get then?
Taylor: Too bad it's not their second marriage. We could have fun with presents then.
Yi-jun: I don't quite follow.

(续上期,待续)

泰勒︰别人会认为你想省事。没创意。
怡君︰喔,那我该去选个礼物啰。也许选个家庭用品?
泰勒︰小两口总会收到四台烤面包机跟五台果汁机之类的礼物。我敢说多出来的那些,他们后来都会拿去当结婚礼物。
怡君︰那,我到底该送什么?
泰勒︰可惜这不是他们第二次结婚。不然我们可以送些好玩的礼物。
怡君︰我不太懂。



重点解说:

★ follow (v.) 明白,了解
★ blender (n.) 果汁机
★ toaster (n.) 烤面包机
★ creativity (n.) 创造力
★ take the easy way out 走快捷方式,不想多花心力

 
 => 每日开讲

The early bird catches the worm.

从小妈妈就教我早睡早起身体好,而且早起的鸟儿有虫吃,这句祖先留下的金句,外国人也有类似的话:The early bird catches the worm. 喻意是早些行动便会有成果。如果你有早起的习惯,可以说:I'm an early bird.(我是一只早起的鸟儿)。假如某同事经常迟到而今天又特别准时上班,你可嘲笑他说:You're an early bird today?(你今天来的真早!)

对话
A:How did you meet Launa? Hundred of guys are after her.
B:It's easy. The early bird catches the worm.
A:What did you do then?
B:I woke up at six every morning and drove her to the office.

甲:你如何追到罗拉?她有很多裙下之臣。
乙:这很容易,所谓早起的鸟能吃到虫。
甲:那你如何做?
乙:我每天6时起床,然后载她到办公室。

The early bird catches the worm直译是‘早起的鸟儿会捉到虫’,意思当然是‘捷足先登’,例如:She went to the sale early and got the best bargains. The early bird catches the worm(大特价一开始,她就去买东西,买了些都是物有所值的特价品,可谓捷足先登)。

早睡早起的人,英文就称为early bird,例如:An early bird, he is up at six every morning(他习惯早起,每天早上六点钟就起?了)。和early bird相对的,是night owl(晚间猫头鹰),即迟眠迟起的人,例如:He is a night owl who rarely goes to sleep before two o'clock in the morning(他习惯迟睡,很少凌晨两点之前就寝)。

说早起的好处,英文有一句成语:Early to bed and early to rise, makes a man healthy、wealthy, and wise(早睡早起,使你健康、富有、聪明)。有时会略作early to bed and early to rise,例如:"I never watch television after ten at night, I sleep early." "Early to bed and early to rise, huh?"(‘我习惯早睡,晚上十点钟之后从来不看电视。’ ‘早睡早起,是吗?’)

其实,‘早’不一定好。早起的虫只会给鸟儿捉去,只是很多人没想到。在中国,早慧者‘小时了了,大未必佳’;西方也有一句类似成语:Early ripe, early rotten(熟得早,烂得早)。例如:I don't want our son to be an infant prodigy. early ripe, early rotten, you know(我不想儿子做神童,小时了了,大未必佳啊)。

作者:古德明(香港)

 
 
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