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第五部 第二課: to strike out , to pull something off

 
  • 今天 Michael 正在設法買票和李華一起去看世界職業棒球賽的決賽.李華學到了兩個習慣用語:to strike outto pull something off
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  • Well, Li Hua, I struck out again. It looks like my cousin won't have any world series tickets to sell to us after all.
  • 你說什麼啊? Struck out? 這跟買球票有什麼關係?
  • I said I struck out again. Struck out means that I failed after trying several times.
  • 哦~,我想起來了!棒球賽裡就有 strike out 這個說法.如果一個擊球手三次擊球不中,他就 strike out , 也就是 「三振出局」 了.所以 strike out 的意思是一件事做了幾次也不成功啊?
  • That's right. Looks like you've got a good grasp of the rules of baseball. Why don't you try and use it in a sentence.
  • 嗯,讓我想一想.哎,對了,我有個朋友申請了幾間學校的研究院,可是啊,沒有一所學校接受她, So, she completely struck out.
  • There you go. You know, even if your friend struck out this year, I hope she tries again. I remember the first year I applied to graduate school, I struck out too. But I learned from my mistakes, and eventually found a good school that accepted me.
  • 原來,你和我朋友一樣也有申請研究院失敗的經歷啊.可是,吸取教訓後你就成功了呀,希望我的朋友也會如此。
  • Yeah, I was rather pleased to get into graduate school. Too bad I still strike out with the girls. None of the good ones want to go out with me.
  • 嘿嘿嘿,別擔心,Michael, 你要求不要太高,一定會找到喜歡的女孩兒的,你總不可能一直在這方面 strike out 吧!
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  • 嘿, Michael, 你到底有沒有買到棒球賽的球票啊?
  • No, to tell you the truth, Li Hua, I don't think I can pull it off. There simply are no tickets for sale.
  • 你說什麼? Pull it off? 你還在想辦法,對不對?
  • I said I don't think I can pull it off. To pull something off. means to succeed at something very difficult, usually unexpectedly.
  • 哦~, To pull something off 就是出人意料地做成一件很困難的事情.哎, Michael, 你再舉個例子好不好?
  • Ok, most of our friends didn't think that Beijing would be allowed to host the 2008 Olympics, but in the end Beijing pulled it off! I was really surprised.
  • 對,很多人啊,以為中國申辦奧運不會成功,可是中國試了幾次,終於成功了啊, 也就是 pulled it off. 疑? Michael, 憑你對中國的瞭解,你不應該感到驚訝才對嘛。
  • Yeah. I guess so. Anyway, as for the tickets, I just don't think I can pull this off.
  • 為什麼買棒球賽的票那麼難啊?
  • The series has already started, the tickets were sold months ago, and the only people selling them on the Internet want at least $600 a ticket for game 7.
  • 啊~?電腦上買票還要六百美元一張啊?這也太過份了吧?哎,Michael, 反正我對棒球也沒興趣,你就不用給我買票了。
  • You know, Li Hua, I spent the whole afternoon calling people and trying to find tickets. Oh, I wish you had said something sooner.
  • 對不起喔,我知道你花了很多時間.可是,我沒想到你這麼沒能耐,試了半天,還是 struck out!
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  • Michael 和李華想買職業棒球賽的球票,可是沒有買到.李華學到了兩個習慣用語: to strike out 和 to pull something off. strike out 表示「一件事做了幾次都沒有成功」. to pull something off 表示「出人意料地做成了一件很困難的事情」。
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