J: And I'm Jody! Welcome to American Cafe! Thanks for dropping in. Summer is just around the corner.
J: Oh yea! Water sports! I love it! Swimming, rafting, boating...
J: Oh, that's right. I thought you would forget about it, since last time when the topic of scuba diving came up, you sounded kind of ify about it.
Y: Ify? 我才不ify呢！ 哎， "ify" 到底是什么意思啊。
J: "Ify" means you're not sure about something. You're full of ifs, "if this happens..." or "if that happens..."
Y: Oh. 就是不太确定的意思。没错，我 是有点ify，因为我怕水。
J: Well, whether or not I'm afraid of the ocean, this year I'm going to try it! I've had a strong feeling lately of wanting to leave the Earth. Do you know what I'm talking about?
Y: 我看你又有点异想天开， 想离开地球可不好办。你又不能去太空，那剩下的选择就只有到水底下了。
J: You got it! So, I thought I should meet some people who scuba dive. Today we're going to meet John.
实录1 John : My name is John. I'm from the Dive Shop in Fairfax, Virginia. Well, I started scuba diving in 1957 so I've been diving longer than most people I know have been alive. I have almost 10,000 scuba dives in my life and this is what I do for a career.
Y: Wow, 他从57年就开始潜水了，那时候我还没出生呢。
J: Me either.
Y: 那你说John 为什么热衷于潜水呢？
J: Let's have John answer the question "Why do you love scuba diving?"
实录2 John: Well, most everyone that you know doesn't dive, so that separates you from most people. What I find is it's an opportunity to go ahead and appreciate a portion of the Earth that most people will never get a chance to see. An opportunity to go out into a relatively pristine and wild environment is quite fascinating.
J: Pristine. Pristine is spelled P-R-I-S-T-I-N-E and it means that something is pure and untouched. Usually, pristine is used to describe a natural environment or landscape.
J: But you know, Yang Chen, simply going underwater is not the end goal of scuba diving. There's much more to it than that.
J: Well, John says that scuba diving is not the end activity. It's all about underwater recreation, you know fun activities. Again, here's John.
实录3 John: Scuba diving itself is not the end activity here; it's underwater recreation whether or not it's exploration, whether or not it's photography, whether or not it's examination of sunken ships, or whether or not it's just simply a walk in the woods.
J: Okay, we're going to try something here. Yang Chen, I want you to join me in a little exercise to get over your fear of water. Okay, close your eyes.
J: No, really close 'em. Just close your eyes. In fact, everybody out there close your eyes with us.
J: Hey, just listen. Okay, just close your eyes, Yang Chen. Trust me.
J: First, we're stepping into the cold ocean water.
J: We're slowly sinking down, down, down
J: You're breathing is relaxed.
J: You hope.
Y: Jody, 不要开玩笑，我们现在可是在水底下呢。
J: Sorry, sorry. Okay, let's go back. Let's go back. Let's go back. Suddenly, a dark image obscured behind a school of fish and seaweed becomes clearer.
J: It's a ship long sunken and long forgotten.
J: Forgotten treasures awaits you!
J: No, no, no. We have to go back!
Y: 这时候，你还念什么诗啊 。快点帮我拿个大口袋来！