M: Man, I hate trying to park my car in this city! There are never any spaces. Hey look! There's one!
L: 啊！我看到了那个位子。 Um, Michael, 可是我不知道我该不该停那儿。我的停车技术很差，我怕出差错把车给撞了。
M: Don't worry about it! You have to learn this sooner or later. Give it a shot!
L: 你说什么？Give what? 我该把车干吗？
M: I said give it a shot, that means try or give it a try. We say give a shot when we ask someone to try something they are not sure they can do.
L: 噢，你用的字 shot, 是不是就像开枪射击的那个shot啊
M: That's right. For instance, when you are taking a test, and you are not sure of the answer to a question, you still have to give it a shot and try to guess the correct answer.
L: 噢，give it a shot原来指的是尽量试试，即使你没有多大的信心。
M: That's right. Now you try and use this phrase. Go ahead, give it a shot!
L: Hmm，如果说你想要申请一个很好的工作，可是又怕自己得不到，你就可以说：Give it a shot! 反正你也不会有什么损失的。
M: You've got it.
M: Well, we might also say give it your best shot.
L: 所以我们也可以说“give it your best shot”， 意思就是全力以赴去试一下。
M: That's right. Now you'd better move your car into that space. We shouldn't sit here in the middle of the road. Go ahead and park, give it a shot!
L: 我的天， Michael，我撞到哪里了？
M: Don't worry Li Hua, it's not a big deal. The bumper just hit the parking meter.
M: No no, I said its not a big deal. That means it's not very serious.
L: Oh, 那big deal是哪两个字，怎么拼?
M: Big, B-I-G; Deal, D-E-A-L. If something is a big deal it is very serious, or very important to someone.
L: 我明白了，当我撞上停车计时表，你说 its not a big deal，你的意思是说没什么大不了的。我并没有造成多大损害,对不对?
M: Yeah, at least I don't think you did. Maybe you scratched the bumper or the parking meter. You didn't really damage the car or meter, so it's not a big deal.
M: Sure you can, for instance, it was a big deal for me when I turned 16 and got a driver's license.
M: Looks like you understand how to use this phrase. Why don't you make another sentence?
L: 那我就用它造句子： It was a very big deal for Chinese people when Beijing got the chance to host the 2008 Summer Olympics.
M: It sure was! I remember on TV, I saw a lot of people in Beijing partying when that happened.
M: Yep, if a cop sees you stopping traffic, he might think it is a big deal. Move out of the space and try to park again. Give it another shot!
今天李华学到了两个常用语：a big deal和give it a shot。A big deal是指很重大，或者严重的事。Give it a shot指的是尽力去试。