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中国时间: 22:07 2016年12月03日星期六

流行美语第207课

  • 美国之音

Larry刚在银行开了一个帐户。他一走出银行的大门就遇到了李华。今天李华会学到两个常用语:freebie和megabucks。

LL: Hi there, Li Hua! You should open a savings account today. Look at the freebie I got at the bank.

LH: Freebie? 你手里拿的好像是个计算机。

LL: You are right, Li Hua. It is a calculator and, you know, it is free. And that is what makes it a freebie!

LH: Free?你说,只要开个帐户就能得到一个免费的计算机。所以免费送的东西就是freebie。真的是送给你的吗?

LL: Yes, it was a special promotion. I love getting freebies. And a calculator is a good freebie.

LH: 原来是银行在开展特别的推销活动,给开帐户的人送一个礼物。 计算机是有用的东西。不过,凡是免费的我也都喜欢。

LL: Banks often give away candy as freebie or a pen with the bank logo. But a calculator is something I will really use. That makes it a good freebie.

LH: 是啊,送给我一支笔,那也有用。送我糖我才不要呢!在所有的免费礼品中我最喜欢香水了。

LL: It is a good way to try expensive perfumes before spending the money. I guess.

LH: 对呀!买一瓶香水很贵。送我一瓶小小的香水,要是喜欢我下回可以去买,不喜欢就算。这样就不会浪费钱了。Larry, 还有哪里可以得到免费商品啊 ?

LL: Well, book stores often give away freebie bookmarks. But, I think my favorite freebie is food!

LH: 书店给的书签没有什么吸引力。我也喜欢超市里为了推销而提供的那些免费食品,什么面包呀,蛋糕呀,肚子饿的时候可好啦!

LL: Speaking of freebie food, here is a grocery store across the street. Let's go in and see if they have any freebies.

LH:对马路的超市有免费食品呀?那还等什么呀?快走呀!

(Sound of door opening, grocery store sounds)

LL: Let's go to the freezer compartments. There is usually a lady giving out freebie samples of pizza.

LH: 我看见了, 后面是有一个女服务员在送比萨饼呢。Larry, 你可真行呀!哪里有freebie 你都知道。

LL: Say, Li Hua, would you like to win megabucks?

LH: Megabucks? Mega意思是大, buck是指美元。 如果我没有猜错的话, megabucks的意思是很多钱。

LL: Wow, Li Hua. Your English is getting really good. That's right, megabucks is a lot of money.

LH: Larry, 我当然想赢megabucks。谁不想发财呢?问题是怎么才能得到那么多钱呢?

LL: Well, we can buy a lottery ticket at the front of the grocery store. Who knows, we may win megabucks.

LH: 你要到前面去买一张彩票呀?我才不信我们会赢megabucks呢!不过, Larry,要是我们赢了,那会有多少钱呀?

LL: If all six of the numbers on our ticket match the winning numbers, we will win 5 million dollars.

LH: 要真能赢五百万, 那该多好呀!我们就不用再打工了。可是,要六个数字全和彩票一样才能赢,那中彩的机率不会很高吧?

LL: It really isn't. We would have to spend megabucks buying lottery tickets to even have a small chance of winning.

LH: 我就知道嘛,这种机会是很小的。即便花好多钱去买好多彩票,我们也不见得会赢。与其这么毫无希望地等着中彩票还不如我们自己去赚大钱呢。

LL: You mean go to work? I don't know about you, Li Hua, but I'm not being paid megabucks.

LH: 我知道你工资不高,我的工资也很低啊。 不过如果我们努力工作的话, 说不定哪一天我们会发财的。

LL: You mean like Bill Gates of Microsoft? He's certainly made megabucks.

LH: 是啊,所以微软的Bill Gates把很多钱都捐给了慈善事业。

LL: I'm not sure I'll be making megabucks -- so for now I'll just keep living off of freebies in the grocery store. Want some more pizza?

今天李华学到了两个常用语。一个是freebie,意思是免费送的东西。还有一个是megabucks,意思是很多钱。
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