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中国时间: 09:11 2016年12月05日星期一

流行美语第177课

  • 美国之音

Larry在告诉李华这个星期他办公室发生的一场争论。今天李华会学到两个常用语:to have a beef with someone和hit pay dirt。

LL: The boss still wants to fire Jim because they had a beef over the last sales report.

LH: 老板要开除Jim,因为他们有什么?A beef?你是说他们为了一些牛肉在吵架?

LL: No (laughing), not beef as in the beef that you eat. To have a beef with someone means to have a disagreement. The boss and Jim had a disagreement over the sales report.

LH: 噢,哈哈,原来have a beef with someone就是和某人有争执。这和我们吃的牛肉一点关系也没有。你老板为什么会和Jim吵架呢?

LL: Well, the boss felt that Jim had done a really bad job of preparing the report and Jim felt that the boss did not give him enough time to do the report properly.

LH: 噢,老板觉得Jim写的报告太差,而Jim觉得老板没给他足够的时间,所以两人就这么吵起来啦?Jim had a beef with the boss。我说得对吗?

LL: Yep. Now, the boss is making everyone else miserable because of his beef with Jim.

LH: 他是和Jim闹不开心,这跟其他人有什么关系呢?

LL: He's just been in a really bad mood and he's being tough on everyone. It's not fair. His beef is with Jim, not the rest of the people in the office.

LH: 他不高兴就对办公室里每个人都特别厉害。这是很不公平。他是跟Jim吵架,又不是和全办公室吵架。

LL: Exactly. I'm worried that the situation will go too far and there will be major problems in our office.

LH: 你怕情况发展下去办公室会出大问题呀?你们为什么不让Jim向老板道个歉。这不就完了吗?

LL: I don't think he'll do that.

LH: 他不会道歉?啊呀,你劝劝他嘛。关键在他身上, 道了欠紧张气氛就化解了,对大家都有好处。

LL: It's worth a try. Maybe Jim will be willing to sacrifice his own interests and resolve his beef with the boss.

LL: Hey, Li Hua, you really hit pay dirt with that suggestion you made. Jim apologized to the boss and everybody is happy now.

LH: Jim和你们老板道歉啦?那太好了!不过,Larry,你说hit pay dirt是什么意思,我听不懂耶!

LL: To hit pay dirt means that you found something that turned out to be profitable or beneficial.

LH: To hit pay dirt就是发现了很有好处的东西。所以你刚才的意思是我的建议非常有用。不过,这三个词hit, pay, dirt合在一起挺怪的。这说法是从哪里来的?

LL: When miners would dig for gold, they would say that they had hit pay dirt when they found dirt that contained gold.

LH: 噢,原来是采金矿的工人在挖到含黄金的矿石时,他们就会说hit pay dirt,这样一解释,我就懂了。

LL: They sometimes say "strike pay dirt". Anyway, LI Hua, I also hit pay dirt today.

LH: 你今天也挖到宝啦?怎么说?

LL: I got a job offer for after I graduate.

LH: 你已经找到毕业后的工作啦!那太好了!是哪家公司要雇你呢?

LL: Actually, the office I'm working in offered me the job.

LH: 真的?就是你现在打工的这家公司?不过你真的想在那儿工作吗?

LL: At first, I wasn't that interested, but when they told me what my salary would be, I realized that I'd really hit pay dirt.

LH: 哇,太棒了,你很快就能把你的破车卖了,买一辆高级车,a nice set of wheels。我们一块儿出去庆祝庆祝吧!

今天李华学到两个常用语。第一个是have a beef with someone,就是和某人争吵,关系紧张的意思。另一个常用语hit pay dirt,也可以说strike pay dirt,就是指发现了有价值的东西。
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