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流行美语第一百二十八课

2006-02-27 00:00

李华正在为朋友的生日party做准备,她生平第一次烤了一个蛋糕。今天李华会学到两个常用语:from scratch和all set.

LH: Larry, 这是我烤的蛋糕,你尝尝。这可是我生平第一次烤蛋糕,不一定会好吃!

LL: Mmmm! This is delicious! Did you make this from scratch or did you use a cake mix?

LH: 你觉得好吃呀?太好了!哎,你刚才问我是不是make it from scratch? 那是什么意思啊?我是照因特网上的一个食谱做的。

LL: Then you did make it from scratch. To make something from scratch is to make it yourself using all of the basic ingredients.

LH: 原来to make something from scratch就是自己用基本材料,从头做起。是呀,我用鸡蛋、面粉、牛奶和黄油做的。还有别的做蛋糕的方法?

LL: A lot of people nowadays use a pre-packaged cake mix with all the ingredients in it already, so it's easier to make.

LH: 用事先调好的蛋糕粉那当然简单多了。那多没意思啊!自己把所有的材料准备好,从头开始做,其实很好玩呢!

LL: Well, you should be proud of yourself. This cake is great!

LH: 谢谢,你说好吃我就放心了!对了,Larry,你有没有自己烤过蛋糕?

LL: No, but I tried making chocolate chip cookies from scratch once.

LH: 自己做巧克力饼干啊?好吃吗?

LL: They were awful because I forgot to put oil in them. After that, I decided that it was best if I didn't try to make things from scratch anymore.

LH: 忘了放油!那饼干肯定会太硬。你一次没做成功就决定下回不做了!你知道,做这种东西是试验好多次才行。

LL: I know, but I'm not that patient.

LH: 嗨,要做好就得要有耐心嘛!

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LL: All right, Li Hua. The cake is ready, the drinks are prepared, and the decorations look great. I think we are all set.

LH: We are all set? 这是什么意思?蛋糕、饮料都准备好了,一切都布置好了。你的意思是一切准备就绪了,是吗?

LL: That's right. To be "all set" is to be ready for whatever it is you're going to do. In this case, we are all set to have a party.

LH: 对,要举行party的个方面似乎都准备好了。那我是不是可以说we're all set to have fun at the party?

LL: If you're ready to have fun, then of course you can say that. Hey, what about the music - is that all set?

LH: 音乐啊?没问题!我把激光唱机和几片激光盘全放桌上了。So it's all set.

LL: Great! Now, I'm all set to eat more of that cake you made. It's really delicious

LH: 不行,你现在还不能吃这蛋糕,要等做生日的人吹完蜡烛后才能吃的!

LL: I know. I was just kidding. Hey, do you have a place for people to put presents?

LH: 放礼物的地方啊?早准备好了!我在进门的地方有张桌子。大家可以把礼物和生日卡放在那儿。.

LL: Okay, since everything is all set, we can relax until the guests start arriving.

LH: 我早就准备好在客人来以前先休息一下。筹办一个生日party 可真是够累人的!

LL: Preparing a party isn't that bad; it's cleaning up afterwards that's a lot of work.

LH: Party结束后,我想你一定会帮我收拾的。对不对?

LL:Of course!

李华学到两个常用语。第一个是from scratch, 意思就是从头做起。第二个常用语是all set, 就是一切就绪,准备好了的意思。

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