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第四部 第五課: piece of junk , cheap

 
  • 今天李華到 Michael 家裡借用他的電腦,李華會學到了兩個新詞:piece of junkcheap
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  • Ok, Li Hua, let me see if I can find that webpage for you.
  • 哇!你的電腦上網啊真夠慢的,不知道是哪兒出問題了。
  • Actually, it's not the Internet connection, it is my computer. Its an old piece of junk and it is very very slow.
  • 啊?它是一片什麼啊?你的電腦出什麼問題啦?
  • I said it's a "piece of junk". Piece, p-i-e-c-e; of junk. j-u-n-k. A piece of junk is something that is old and broken, or just doesn't work well.
  • 哦~,我想起來了,junk 就是你要丟掉的廢物,像是舊車胎或破爛的自行車。
  • That's right. In fact, I'd say my car is a piece of junk too. It's ten years old, it doesn't start half the time, and pieces are always falling off of it.
  • 你的車,才不是一堆破爛呢,你啊,倒是應該好好保養它.我叔叔在中國有輛用了二十多年的舊車,現在還不是走得好好的。
  • Well, some older cars are more simple in design, and easier to fix. It』s hard to find parts for my car, and it isn't really worth the cost to fix it.
  • 嗯,那倒是.現在好些東西啊,再過幾年就變成廢物了,就好像我那 「隨身聽」 一樣。
  • Your walk-man is a piece of junk? I've had a Sony walk-man for ten years, and it still works well!
  • 唉!我的那一台可不行了喔,現在啊一動也不動.有時候還把我的錄音帶給弄壞了,我真是應該買個新的了。
  • Yes, you probably should. If it damages your tapes, it's not worth using.
  • 唉!別管我的啦.哎,你的電腦該怎麼辦吶?為什麼不去買個新的來呢?像你這樣的學生啊,可得有台好電腦才行啊。
  • I might. Hey, wait a minute! What would I do with my old piece of junk computer? Maybe give it to a certain friend of mine?
  • 嘿嘿..,我可沒那麼說啦,不過要是還能用的話,我倒是很樂於拿走,也許我還可以用它來做功課啊。
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  • 哎,Michael, 現在你不想換電腦了是不是?
  • Well, I could, but I am also too cheap to spend money to buy a new one.
  • 哎,等等,你說你是便宜的?我以為你只能說東西是便宜的,你是不是說你太窮了啊?
  • No no, that's not what I mean, even though that is true. When I say that a person is cheap, that means that they always try to avoid spending money, or always buy the least expensive thing they can find.
  • 哦~,原來說一個人cheap 就是說他很摳啊.嘿!那我還真得說你是真夠 cheap 的了。Michael 啊,你啊就是那種在餐館裡為了省一兩塊錢只叫杯白水來當飲料的人。
  • What? You are calling me cheap!
  • 怎麼了? 這句話冒犯你了啊?
  • Oh, sorry. I should have told you, it is not very nice to call a person cheap. It also means that someone is not generous, or doesn't understand quality.
  • 哦~,原來 cheap 還有愛撿便宜的意思,難怪你不喜歡被人說 cheap 喔。
  • Anyway, I could say you are cheap, because you always use old things that other people give you. Like your bicycle, or that watch you have.
  • 可是,單單因為我不肯花錢,並不表示我就 cheap 啊,我只是個窮學生嘛。
  • Yeah, I shouldn't say you are cheap, that's not very nice. My roommate is really cheap, though. Nobody likes to go out to eat with him.
  • 真的嗎?他怎麼啦?
  • Well, if three or four of us order a pizza together, he always adds up exactly how much each person owes. He counts every cent!
  • 哇,那他也真是夠嗆的,算那麼清楚啊。
  • And he also never gives a full tip to restaurant waiters. He always gives them a little bit less than he should.
  • 他還不肯給服務員該給的小費啊?我想啊我從這傢伙身上瞭解到 cheap 的含義了。
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  • 今天李華從 Michael 那兒學到了兩個新詞. piece of junk 就是指「沒用的廢物」; cheap 在這裡指「小氣、不肯花錢」。
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