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第55课:Already; One To Talk

2006-07-08 16:45

  今天Michael和李华到了一家中餐馆吃饭,二人正在点菜。李华学到了两个词儿:already和one to talk。

  L:啊,我的天啊,我饿死了。这菜单上每一个菜我都爱吃。

  M: OK, just order something already!

  L:Michael,你说什么?我什么菜都还没点,连服务生都还没来呢,你怎么就说“already”呢?

  M: No, no, Li Hua, I said, "Order something already!" I meant that you should hurry up.

  L:噢,所以,你在这儿用了“already”,就是叫我快一点啊。可是你把这个字用在句子的最后面,这种用法好奇怪哟!

  M: When we say "already" at the end of a sentence, sometimes we are showing that we are impatient, that we want somebody to stop waiting and to do something.

  L:噢,我懂了。你能不能再给我举个例子啊?

  M: OK. Remember when we were stopped at a light earlier today? The car in front of me didn't move when the light turned green, so I yelled —— "Come on, move already!"

  L:嗯,我懂了,我懂了,这个习惯用语很简单嘛。

  M: Yeah? Well, go ahead! Make a sentence already!

  L:OK. 你不是老是说那个叫Cindy的女孩儿有多可爱吗?So come on, ask her out already!

  M: Um, well, the sentence is correct, but I don't really know Cindy that well. I'm a little shy around girls, you know.

  L:管他呢,你怕什么?Just talk to her already!

  M: Well, actually I've talked to her before, but I was really nervous. I did get her phone number. I told her I might call her if I missed class and needed to borrow her notes.

  L:啊,你已经有她的电话号码啦!那你还等什么?要是她肯把电话号码给你,她对你一定有兴趣的。Call her already!

  M: All right! All right! Shut up already! I'll call her.

  L:嘿,Michael,我是要帮你的忙啊!你干嘛跟我发脾气?

  M: I'm sorry, Li Hua. I shouldn't have told you to shut up. Hey, the waiter is coming. I'm hungry. Go ahead and choose something already!

  L:嗯,我想我要点宫爆鸡丁。

  L:嗨,Michael,你知不知道有的时候你可真无礼啊。

  M: I'm rude? You're one to talk, Li Hua!

  L:哎,你说我什么,Michael?你要是还在生气的话,我现在就走了。

  M: Please, calm down Li Hua. I said, "You're one to talk." I meant that you shouldn't say I am rude when you yourself are rude.

  L:好了,我知道有的时候我也很粗鲁啦。所以,Michael,你说:You're one to talk,是不是就是说我们俩都半斤八两,我不用说你,其实我自己也是很粗鲁的?

  M: That's right. When you told me I can be rude, I thought that that was rude. So I said, "You're one to talk!" That means, you have the same problem, so you shouldn't criticize me.

  L:噢,我懂了,其实我也不是要对你那么粗鲁。我只是替你担心,因为你老是说你很寂寞,可是你又不肯主动去找女孩子,你太害羞了。

  M: I'm shy? You're one to talk! What about you? You are always too shy to meet new guys.

  L:Well, 在中国,女孩子本来就不会主动去约男孩子的嘛!总是男的要去找女的。

  M: That's not a good excuse. I think you're just too picky.

  L:什么?你说我太挑剔?You're one to talk! 你自己不也老是说你碰不到既聪明又有教养的女孩?你这不也自以为是吗?

  M: I'm too proud of myself? You're one to talk! You wouldn't even consider going out with a guy if he didn't have a Master's degree.

  L:好了,好了,Michael,我们不要再吵了,反正也吵不出什么道理来。

  M: Yeah, sorry, let's just forget about it. Hey look, our food is here.

  L:So eat already! 咱们早该吃了。

  李华今天和Michael一起在餐馆点菜的时候,学到了两个美国用语的用法。Already用在命令式句子的后面时,相当于普通话里面常说的:“早该如何如何”的意思。You're one to talk!则相当于“你竟然敢说这话,我们俩都半斤八两”的意思。

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