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中国时间: 06:38 2016年12月11日星期日

流行美语第215课

  • 美国之音

Larry告诉李华他连续几天给他哥哥打电话,可是总也找不到他。 李华会学到两个常用语:phone tag和chit chat。

LL: Argh! I just got my brother's answering machine AGAIN. I've been playing phone tag with him for days.

LH: 你和你哥哥playing phone tag?那是玩什么?有电话有关的游戏吗?

LL: Well, not exactly, but it is like a game of tag.

LH: Game of tag不就是小孩子们玩的捉人游戏吗?就是,大家跑,一个人追。被追到的人再接着去追别人。我们小时候都玩过这个游戏的。

LL: Right. I'll give you an example of how phone tag works. On Monday, I called my brother and left a message on his answering machine. On Monday night, he called me back, but I was out so HE left a message.

LH: 我也碰到过这种情况,上星期我打电话给一个朋友,他不在,我就留了言。他给我回电话的时候,我又不在,所以他留了言。 这样互相留言好几次,谁也找不到对方, 真是像捉迷藏一样。Phone tag这个词太生动了。

LL: Yes, and this game of phone tag with my brother has been going on for three days! I'm getting pretty tired of it.

LH: 你们这样phone tag已经三天了, 你为什么不给他写email,发电子邮件呢?

LL: I know, Li Hua. Next time I call, if I get his answering machine again, I am going to tell him exactly when I am at home. That should solve the phone tag problem.

LH: 对,你告诉他你什么时候在家,让他到时候 打过来就行了。 你还可以给他写email发电子邮件呀。 这可比打电话要省事多了。

LL: That is a good idea, but I like hearing his voice. It makes me feel closer to him, and I really don't mind the phone tag too much.

LH: 那倒也是。通话和写信毕竟不一样。 我虽然也用email,可还是常给我爸爸妈妈打电话。

LL: I guess it would be pretty frustrating and expensive to play a game of long distance phone tag from China.

LH: 一般都是我每个星期在固定的时间打电话回家,因为从中国打到美国价钱比较贵。 So I don't play phone tag with my family.

LL: Maybe I should try that with my brother. I'm sure he is tired of playing phone tag, too.

LH: Larry, 你那么急着找你哥哥,有要紧的事吗?

LL: No, not really. I just want to chit chat.

LH: Chit chat是什么意思啊?

LL: To Chit Chat is to talk about general things that aren't very important. I don't really have anything specific or urgent to talk about.

LH: Chit Chat就是闲聊。那你和你哥哥平时都闲聊些什么呢?

LL: We chit chat about what is going on at work, what we've been doing for fun lately, and even about the weather.

LH: 嗯,聊工作,生活和天气,看来你们哥俩的关系很不错嘛。 我也喜欢和家人聊天,特别是和我妈妈。

LL: Chit chatting can be pleasant, but some times it can be annoying.

LH: 是啊,有时候聊天不仅没有乐趣反而令人烦恼,就好像昨天我正忙着写论文,我的朋友 Rachel 打电话来和我聊天。

LL: So, did you tell her you didn't have time to chit chat?

LH: 一开始我没好意思告诉他我很忙。 然后聊了一会儿以后我对她说我在忙着写论文呢。

LL: I know Rachel. She really likes to chit chat. Did she get off the phone right away, when you told her you need to work?

LH: Rachel的确很喜欢聊天。我说我要赶快写论文,她还是不挂电话。真拿她没办法。

LL: Well, I have to say, Li Hua, I don't mind chit chatting with you.

LH: 你也喜欢和我聊天?其实我也喜欢和朋友聊天。像现在这样,边喝茶边聊,很放松也很有意思。 当然要作功课的时候就不能chit chat了。

LL: That's right! I think it's time for you to work on your paper, and I need to try to call my brother again.

今天李华学到了两个常用语。一个是phone tag,意思是打电话找人,可是来回好几次,双方还是没讲上话。还有一个常用语是chit chat,意思是闲聊。
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