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第十六部 第八課: bite the bullet , benchwarmer

 
  • 李華和 Larry 在一家中餐館吃飯。李華今天會學到兩個常用語 bite the bulletbenchwarmer
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  • Larry,你點的陳皮牛肉真好吃。 (Groans in pain) Oww!
  • Hey, what's wrong? Was there something in the beef?
  • 不,是我的牙。我的一個牙齒壞了,早該去看牙醫, 可是一直不敢去。
  • Really? Well, if it hurts that much, I guess you have to bite the bullet and see a dentist!
  • Bite the bullet!? 咬子彈?Larry ,我咬肉都痛,還叫我咬子彈!
  • No, no, I'm not being mean. To bite the bullet means to resign yourself to doing something that is difficult or unpleasant.
  • 所以,你的意思是硬著頭皮去難做的事,或不愉快的事。噢,我知道了,以前打仗的時候有時沒有麻藥,傷員動手術時只好咬著子彈,忍住疼痛。這個習慣用語就是這麼來的吧?
  • I guess so. Anyway, your painful tooth will affect your studying, and it might get worse if you keep waiting. Just bite the bullet and see a dentist!
  • 牙痛當然影響我的學習。我一會兒就打電話給牙醫生約時間。對了, Larry,你上星期因為停車而被罰款有沒有去付啊?
  • (Sighs) No, I haven't paid them off yet. I guess I'd better bite the bullet and pay them, otherwise the charges will be doubled.
  • 還沒有付呀!逾期不付會加倍罰款的。 Larry,今年你已經吃了好幾張罰單了, 你平時很少用車,為什麼不把它賣掉呢?
  • Hmm... I like the freedom of having a car, but owning one is pretty expensive in this city. Maybe I should just bite the bullet and sell my car.
  • 有車是方便, 可是要交停車費、保險費,車壞了還要修理費。 你知道嗎?Ben最近把他的車賣掉了。
  • Really? You know what else Ben did recently? He finally bit the bullet and asked his girlfriend to marry him! She said yes!
  • 真的呀?那就是說Ben和他的女朋友要結婚了。這是好事啊, 可你為什麼你說He bit the bullet? 為什麼要硬著頭皮求婚呢?
  • No! It's just that a making a marriage proposal takes courage sometimes. I'm sure Ben was nervous. That's why I say he had to bite the bullet.
  • 那倒是。求婚是要有勇氣的,特別是對Ben這麼內向的人來說。
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  • (Sounds of indoor court basketball)
  • Hey, Larry! 沒想到你還會打籃球。
  • Hey! I've been a part of this recreational league here at the gym for a few months. Years ago I played in high school, but I was just a benchwarmer, really.
  • 你參加這體育館的球隊已經好幾個月了? 我怎麼不知道呀? 你說你在中學時只是個benchwarmer,那是什麼位置呀?我只知道有前鋒,中鋒和後衛。
  • (Chuckles) It's not really a position, Li Hua. A benchwarmer is a reserve player on a team. They aren't as good as the starting players, so they have to sit on the bench and wait.
  • 原來benchwarmer就是我們中國人常說的板凳隊員。 因為他們的技術比較差,入場打球的機會比較少,老坐在板凳上等教練的命令,把板凳都坐暖了。Benchwarmer,這很有意思。
  • Yeah, well, being a benchwarmer on my high school basketball team was not funny, for me at least. That's why I quit the team after one season.
  • 這我完全理解。 我以前在大學也參加過藍球隊, 也是老坐板凳,所以不久就退出了。
  • That's too bad! If I was forced to be a benchwarmer on this team, I'd probably quit too. It's not worth my time if I can't play.
  • 光坐在那裡看而沒機會打球的確不值得。 Larry,你現在差不多每場比賽都參加,球技一定很棒噢。
  • Heh, not really, this team only has seven players, and everyone always gets a chance to play. No one has to be a benchwarmer on this team.
  • 你們只有七名隊員,那是沒有人坐板凳了。我也想打籃球,不過我誰都不認識,不知道怎麼報名。
  • Oh, what are you worried about, Li Hua. Just bite the bullet and ask someone about joining!
  • 好吧,我明天就去問問。
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  • 今天李華學到了兩個常用語。一個是 bite the bullet, 意思是硬著頭皮、鼓起勇氣去做不想作或是很難做的事。還有一個是 benchwarmer, 意思是指球隊的後備隊員。他們老是坐在板凳上,打球的機會不多。
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