今天李华从Michael那儿学到了两个新词redneck 和in the sticks。
M: Come in!
L：Hi Michael! 真抱歉，我没先告诉你就来了。你的电话一直占线，所以我没法打电话给你。
M: That's no big deal. I was on the phone with my friend Bob who lives in Georgia. He is such a redneck!
M: I said he's a redneck, R-E-D-N-E-C-K.
M: A redneck is someone from the countryside who lives a country lifestyle.
M: Well, maybe. If you call someone a redneck, it means you think that they are not very cultured or sophisticated.
M: I'm not really making fun of him. Some people are proud to be rednecks. Bob likes to call himself that.
M: Well, the U.S. is different. Being a redneck doesn't mean being poor or uneducated. It is a way of living, I guess.
M: Let me see, how can I describe them? When we say someone is a redneck we mean they are from the south, and speak with a southern accent。
M: Also, rednecks like life in the countryside. They enjoy sports such as hunting or fishing. They like living in areas with lots of open space.
M: Exactly. Also, most rednecks have blue-collar jobs, or work on a farm. By the way, Li Hua, be careful how you use this word. Some people might get angry if you call them a redneck.
M: Well, he asked me if I wanted to visit him this summer. I'm not sure if I really want to go though.
M: He lives out in the sticks. There's nothing for me to do out there.
M: Oh, when I say in the sticks, that just means in a rural area, far from a big city.
M: Well, I am used to city life. I don't know how to fish or hunt, and I really don't like farm work. I don't think I would like living in the sticks.
M: I guess. Maybe I should visit him.
L：要是有人自称是redneck 的话，他也许觉得生活在乡下in the sticks也是很值得自豪的了？
M: Actually, the phrase in the sticks is not very polite. You shouldn't tell someone that they live in the sticks unless you are just joking with them.
L：奥，说别人live in the sticks并不是很好，除非你是在开玩笑啊？
M: You are right. Usually when you say something is in the sticks you mean it is far from anything civilized.
M: That's true. Still, some places out in the sticks are pretty far from a big city, even if you drive a car.
今天李华学到了两个新词：redneck和in the sticks。Redneck是指乡下人。In the sticks则是指远离城市的农村地区。