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第五部 第十三課: to be on crack , to get the hang of something

 
  • 李華正在開車和 Michael 一起去學校.今天李華會學到兩個常用語:to be on crackto get the hang of something
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  • 哎喲我的天啊,我車後面的一個輪胎爆了! Michael, 一個輪胎破了還能開一段路,對不對啊?
  • Li Hua!? Are you on crack? You can't drive with a flat tire, you'll ruin your car, and probably get in a wreck!
  • 哎喲,我也不想用壞我的車,也不想出車禍嘛.疑?不過,你剛才問我 Are you on crack? 這是什麼意思啊? Crack 這不是一種毒品嗎? on crack 不就是吸毒嗎?
  • Yes, "crack" -- as in "crack cocaine". "To be on crack" means to be high on cocaine. Of course, when I say, "Are you on crack?" I really mean -- "Are you crazy"?
  • 哎,等等,這得弄清楚.你的意思是, to be on crack 可以指吸毒,但是你剛才對我說的不是這個意思.你是說:我要在一個輪胎破了的情況下繼續開車,簡直是瘋啦!哎,你可得解釋清楚囉,我從來不吸毒的!
  • Calm down, Li Hua. People use this phrase all the time. I was just alarmed that you would try to drive your car with a flat tire. You'd have to be on crack to do something crazy like that.
  • 哦~,我懂了,你的意思是:我準是吸了毒才會想幹這種傻事兒,輪胎破了還想繼續開車.哎,Michael 啊,我們把輪胎換了吧,現在還來得及。
  • (sound of trunk opening, tools rattling, sound of car jack, etc.)
  • 哎,說到發瘋啊,我認為 George Wilkins 才真是瘋了呢.我聽說他要到阿富汗一個村莊去給他的論文做實地調查。
  • He's going to be traveling in Afghanistan! Is he on crack? Can you imagine how dangerous that place must be right now?
  • 我也覺得啊真是太危險了.不過,他想要當國際水平的人類學家,那他啊就得做出犧牲囉!
  • Yeah, well that Ph.D. won't be much good to him if he gets shot. I still think anyone who chooses to go to Afghanistan right now is on crack.... Ah! it's just crazy!
  • 就是喔,要是在阿富汗給打死的話,什麼博士學位都沒用了啊.行了,輪胎裝好了,我們快走吧!
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  • (sound of trunk closing)
  • 應該讓他先走哦?唉,我開車的技術啊實在太差了,老是犯這種錯誤。
  • Don't worry Li Hua, you're not a terrible driver! You haven't been driving for very long. You'll get the hang of it, eventually.
  • 你說我最後會什麼啊? Get the hang of it?
  • I said you will "get the hang of it". "To get the hang of something" means to become proficient at something through practice.
  • 哦~, to-get-the-hang-of-it 就是多練習、多實踐,一些事情啊就會做得更好.疑?這不就是中文裡說的 「熟能生巧」 嘛?但願啊你說得對,我多開車,技術就會改進囉!
  • I know I'm right! He, remember when you first started school, you had trouble with your writing assignments? I think you've gotten the hang of writing English essays now, right?
  • 就是哎,我剛來美國的時候啊,不會寫學術報告.現在是好多了。
  • You've been living in the U.S. for some time now. You must have gotten the hang of a lot of new skills?
  • 嗯-,我在美國已經三年了,是學到不少東西。
  • And you've gotten the hang of teaching, haven't you? Your students seem to like you.
  • 對哎,我在教中文方面也比較熟悉了.I've got the hang of teaching Chinese, 對不對?
  • Absolutely!
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  • 今天李華學到了兩個常用語,一個是: to be on crack,這可以指「吸毒」,但是也可以指「你瘋啦!」.李華學到的另外一個常用語是: to get a hang of something,意思是「通過練習,熟能生巧」。
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