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第一部 第十二課: ticked off , close call

 
  • 在紐約上大學的 Michael 和李華,今天在華盛頓參觀名勝古跡.他們在對話裡會用到兩個常用語: ticked off,另一個是 close call
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  • 哎, Michael,大家都說紐約人開車不守規矩,我看啊,華盛頓的人也好不了多少,剛才那輛車差一點沒撞到我呢!
  • Yeah, I saw that. Crossing the streets in New York and Washington is dangerous. But getting ticked off about it won't do you any good.
  • 對哎,在紐約和華盛頓啊過馬路是很危險.疑?你,你說什麼對我沒好處? Ticked off?
  • Yes, Ticked, t-i-c-k-e-d, Off, o-f-f, Ticked off means to get angry or annoyed at something. Getting angry at the drivers will not do you any good.
  • 哦~, ticked off 的意思是為什麼事情生氣.你剛才說的是我對開車的人生氣對我沒什麼好處.唉,看來啊讓我 ticked off 的事啊,還挺多呢!
  • Yeah, like when your boyfriend broke up with you right before we started classes.
  • 嚇!你還提醒我這事兒!我以前那男朋友啊,剛開學就跟我分手,當時啊,我真的非常生氣.疑?不過, Michael,我覺得你也經常會生氣呢!
  • Well, I got pretty ticked off a few days ago when the professor gave me a low score on the exam.
  • 對,和你同班的中國同學王光告訴我你那天啊非常生氣,因為那個教授給你的考試判分判得很低.好, Ticked off 這個說法很好,以前啊,我就只知道用 angry 這個字。
  • Hey, are you hungry? We haven't eaten in a while.
  • 哎嘿~,對喔,剛才好生氣,連肚子餓也忘了.走,去吃點東西吧!
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  • Now that we have eaten, let's walk to the White House. It's not too far from here.
  • 到白宮去啊?哎,太好了,除了照片外啊,我還沒有看過真的白宮呢!
  • Watch out Li Hua! Get back!
  • 喲!我的天哪!…,喔!我的天哪!真嚇死我了!我以為啊這下我可完了!
  • Oh, my god! Are you okay? Geez, that was really a close call.
  • 哎!Michael,我都差點給車撞了,你還在說什麼 close call,這跟打電話根本沒有關係嘛!
  • No, that's not what I meant by close call. I meant that the car nearly hit you.
  • 對啊,那車啊,差一點就撞上我了,這就是 close call,對不對啊 Michael?
  • Actually, Li Hua, close call means that you narrowly avoided danger. Close is spelled c-l-o-s-e, Call, c-a-l-l. Something bad could have happened to you, but you narrowly avoided a bad situation.
  • 哦~,原來 close call 就是說,差一點發生倒霉的事,我算是逃避了這倒霉事.我可以說,今天我差一點就給車撞了.對不對?
  • Yeah, that's right.
  • 那~, close call 是不是一定得用在跟生命危險有關的場合呢?
  • Not really. Let me give you another example. The paper you and I turned in this week was almost late. That was also a close call.
  • 對對對!那教授啊,讓我們在星期二前把報告交給他,我們是星期一晚上才去交的,差一點就過了限期,這也可以說是 close call.下回啊,我可再也不敢這麼做了。
  • Here we are! The White House!
  • 哦!太好了!白宮到了,那我們趕快走把。
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  • 今天 Michael 和李華在對話中用的一個常用語是: ticked off,意思是「為了什麼事情生氣」;另一個是: close call,意思是「差一點沒有發生倒霉的事」,或者是「差一點完不成該做的事」。
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