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中国时间: 02:47 2016年12月11日星期日

美语三级跳 002B讲 - “找房”单元中级课程

  • 美国之音

Jeff想租间公寓,请朋友Sarah帮忙一块儿看广告。

Professor: In this first part, listen for the word "listings," which is a list of available apartments that you can find in a newspaper or online.

哦,listing在这里就是房屋招租广告。

Jeff: Hey Sarah, I'm having some trouble finding an apartment. Can you help me look at some listings online?

Sarah: Sure. What kind of apartment are you looking for?

Jeff: Well, it has to be cheap. I don't want a really expensive apartment.

Sarah: OK. Would you like to live in a studio?

Jeff: Sure, a studio would be fine.

Professor: So Winnie, what is the most important thing for Jeff when looking for an apartment?

MC: 价钱! 他呀,老想找个便宜的studio, 真没劲!

Professor: Well, I guess Jeff is a bit more practical than you. In this next section listen for the word "cozy," which means small and comfortable.

Sarah: Jeff, look at this listing! It says there is a cozy studio apartment for rent, and it's only $700 per month. What do you think?

Jeff: Well I think I can afford that apartment. But are pets allowed?

Sarah: Hmm ... let me look. Yes, it says it's a pet-friendly building.

Jeff: That's great. That means I can bring my cat, Mr. Twinkles. Where is the apartment located?

Sarah: It says it's located in the suburbs.

Professor Bowman, 什么是 pet-friendly building?

Professor: It means that pets are welcome in that building.

MC: A pet-friendly building 是可以养宠物的公寓。

Professor: Exactly. In the next section, listen for the term "a steal." What do you think that means?

MC: Hmm ... steal在这里一定不是偷东西,而是指a very good deal, 就是说特别划算!

Professor: You got it!

Jeff: It's located in the suburbs? Well even though that sounds like a steal, I really want something downtown.

Sarah: OK. Well the problem is that the apartments in the heart of the city are usually more expensive.

Jeff: I know, that's my problem. What do you think I should do?

Sarah: Well, maybe you could get a two-bedroom apartment downtown and share the rent with a roommate.

Jeff: Oh, great idea!

Professor: So Winnie, can you tell me what the opposite of "the suburbs" is?

The suburbs指郊区,相反的肯定是downtown,也就是市区! 不过,他们说"in the heart of something"是什么意思?

Professor: Being in the heart of something is the same as being in the very middle of it.

我明白了,in the heart of something 就是指中心位置。

Professor: Good. Let's see what happens next.

Sarah: Well what about this two-bedroom apartment? The listing says it's right in the heart of the city, just steps from the metro.

Jeff: Wow, that would be very convenient. How much is the rent?

Sarah: It says it's $1600. But if you share it with another person, that's only $800 per month.

Jeff: That definitely sounds like a steal. I think that is a very trendy neighborhood as well.

Sarah: That's true. I know that there are lots of popular restaurants and coffee shops around there.

Jeff真是好运气! 找到个两居室,月租只要1600美元,和室友分一下,一人八百块。It's a steal!

Professor: And the location of that apartment is also very good. It is only "steps from the metro," meaning you only need to walk a short distance to the subway station.

对啊,走几步就能到地铁站,太方便了!他们还说公寓所在的地方很trendy,就是很受欢迎的新潮区。那Jeff可要当机立断!

Jeff: Well, this apartment is really a must-see. Will you come with me to look at it this weekend?

Sarah: Sure. And if you rent it, maybe I can help you find a roommate too.

Jeff: Great! Do you know someone else who is also looking for an apartment?

Sarah: Yes, my friend Steve. I'll introduce you.

Sarah真是太够意思了,连找室友都包了! Professor Bowman, 您说Jeff和Sarah推荐的室友Steve能合得来么?

Professor: Well, we'll have to listen next time and find out!

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