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第八部 第一課: racket , That does it!

 
  • 今天 Larry 和李華在學校的書店裡買書.李華會學到兩個常用語: racketThat does it!
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  • 嘿~,Larry,你不是想買下個學期的課本嗎?那還不趁我們在書店趕緊買啦?
  • I want to buy them, but these prices are ridiculous! The textbook business is such a racket!
  • 你想買書,可是又嫌這些書太貴了呀?你還說這個出版課本的行業怎麼啦?甚麼是 a racket?
  • That's right. I said the textbook business is a racket. A "racket" is an unfair criminal business that makes lots of money, like gambling or extortion.
  • 哦~,racket 這個詞在這裡是指「牟取暴利」,就好比像賭博啊、詐騙一樣的非法行為.哦, Larry,那你的意思是這些課本定價過高,就好像是敲詐勒索,有那麼嚴重嗎?
  • Absolutely! Look at this! This history book costs $90! The publishers know we have no choice but to buy the book, so (the) prices are really high. What a racket!
  • 哎喲,還真是的哎.這本歷史書要賣九十美元,是夠貴的.那些出版商啊明明知道我們沒別的辦法,只能買這些書,所以把價錢啊定這麼高.真的是像敲詐勒索呢.那, Larry,你覺得還有甚麼是 racket 呢?
  • I think that cable TV is a racket. There's only one company in town; they are always raising prices, and all the channels worth watching cost extra. It's a racket!
  • 對哎!我們這兒啊,只有一家提供有線電視的公司.他們啊老是漲價.可是 Larry,看不看電視啊問題不大.你知道嗎 - 有的醫院啊還趁人之危,敲詐勒索孕婦呢!
  • Really? What do you mean exactly?
  • 比方說啊,我聽說有的醫院讓孕婦做一些不必要的檢查,收的錢還非常多呢,那些孕婦不懂,就只能聽醫生的.這真是和詐騙一樣。
  • Wow, now that's a real racket.
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  • Oh man, look at this! $85 for a book of old essays on U.S. Politics? That does it! I'm buying my textbooks online.
  • 這本美國政治論文集要賣 85 美元啊?你剛剛說 - "That does it"? 這是甚麼意思?
  • Well, when someone says "That does it", he means that he is so upset that he is no longer willing to accept something.
  • 哦~,"That does it" 就是說一個人對某件事非常生氣,以致到了寧可放棄的地步了.哎,那不就相當於我們中文所說的「得了,算了吧」?Larry,你是說這些課本要價太高,所以你乾脆不在這兒買,你要到因特網 (internet) 上去買啦?
  • That's right! If a situation gets so bad that you cannot stand it, you can yell "that does it!", and then do something about the problem.
  • 嗯~,要是你實在覺得忍無可忍了,你就可以大聲的說: That does it! 哎~,Larry,我啊好像明白這個用法囉,可是你能不能再給我舉個例子呢?
  • Well, for example, if an employee always comes to work late, one day the boss might say "You're late again? That does it! You're fired!"
  • 啊~,這就是我對我表妹說的嘛.她啊每天上班都遲到.我對她說啊,你總有一天老闆會覺得忍無可忍.你的老闆會說:「得了,你今後啊別來上班了」.原來啊在英文裡就可以說:"That does it! You're fired!"
  • Now you know how to use "That does it!" Why don't you give me an example.
  • 有了,Larry,有一天啊你在照鏡子的時候你就會對自己說: "That does it! 我啊一定要減肥了!"
  • That does it, Li Hua! I told you to stop making fun of my weight.
  • 嘿~,別生氣嘛,Larry,我是跟你開玩笑的啦!而且啊我發現你最近好像瘦了喔.你是不是在吃甚麼減肥食品啊?
  • A special diet? No way! All those diet books and special foods are a racket. I just decided to exercise regularly and eat less junk food.
  • 這話我同意,那些減肥書和減肥食品啊都很貴喔,主要啊是為了騙錢,其實啊最重要的就是要鍛練身體,少吃零食. Good for you, Larry!
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  • 今天李華從 Larry 那兒學到了兩個常用語,一個是: racket,意思是「價格太高,就像敲詐勒索一樣」.另一個用語是: That does it!,中文裡可以說「得了,不幹了!」。
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