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第十部 第十五課: on the spot , schmooze

 
  • 這是星期天的早晨.李華和 Larry 正在星巴克咖啡館裡喝咖啡.今天李華會學到兩個常用語: on the spotschmooze.
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  • I'm dreading my Chinese exam tomorrow. The teacher will give us a topic and she expects us to talk about the topic for two minutes on the spot.
  • 你明天要考中文呀?老師給每個學生一個題目,讓你們當場就這個題目講兩分鐘,這好難喔.哎,不過 Larry,別擔心,你可以先跟我練習啊!對了,你剛才說 on the spot,那是什麼意思啊?
  • Oh, to do something "on the spot" is to do it immediately - right then and there.
  • On the spot 就是「立刻、當場」的意思.所以你剛才是說教授在考試的時候啊當場給題目,你就得立即上檯講兩分鐘。
  • Exactly. It's always nice to have time to prepare, but sometimes doing something on the spot can be fun.
  • 有充份的時間做準備那當然好啊.但是,我可想不出有什麼事情馬上要做而且能讓我感覺有意思的.你給我舉個例子好不好。
  • Well, we can decide right here - on the spot - to go to the movies. That would be fun, right?
  • 嗯~,我們現在就決定去看電影,那當然好玩兒呀.可是我們不知道看哪部電影,到哪裡去看吶。
  • That's a problem. Where can we find the newspaper or a computer on the spot!
  • 就是嘛,我們既不能上網,也沒有報紙可以查電影時間表.而且,你明天不是有中文考試嗎?你現在應該在家裡背單字嘛!
  • I should. If I don't study the vocabulary, then I won't be able to come up with a speech on the spot.
  • 對,要當場發表兩分鐘講話,不熟悉有用的詞彙是不行的。
  • No, it's more like a good strategy for failing my test. Hey, why don't you help me study?
  • 一點沒錯,要是你不多記住一些單詞啊,那你肯定要考砸的.你要我就在這裡幫你複習功課? On the spot?
  • Why not? I brought my Chinese book with me.
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  • 我真不敢相信哎,咖啡館的那個女服務員居然會送你一杯免費的咖啡!
  • Well, it helps that I schmoozed her a little bit.
  • Larry,你對那個女服務員怎麼啦? Schmooze 是什麼意思啊?
  • To schmooze means that someone is extra nice to him or her, usually in the hope that you'll get something in return.
  • 哦~, schmooze 就是對某人特別好,希望啊能得到一些回報.那不就是「討好、獻殷勤」嗎?你想讓服務員對你客氣一點,所以你就對她特別好啊?
  • Well, no. I was actually hoping to get her to go out on a date with me, but I'll settle for free coffee.
  • 啊哈,原來你是想約那個女孩兒出去,現在你喝了一杯免費咖啡就滿足啦?哎呀,你呀,你還不如去 schmooze 你的中文老師,讓她明天評分的時候對你客氣點.這不是更實際嗎!
  • Hopefully, I won't need to schmooze my teacher in order to get a good grade.
  • 不討好老師也能得好分數,你怎麼一下子就變得這麼信心十足啦.哎,不過,你要我幫你複習功課,那至少也該 schmooze 我這個義務家教吧!
  • Hey, you're my friend, you're supposed to do things out of friendship, not because you want something.
  • 我知道啦,我是跟你開玩笑的!不過,你要是想對我好一點, schmooze 我一下,我也不會反對哦!
  • I'm always nice to you - and it's not because I'm trying to schmooze you.
  • 那倒是,你啊一向對我不錯,算得上是我最好的朋友囉!
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  • 今天李華學到了兩個常用語,第一個是: on the spot,就是「即刻當場馬上」的意思;另一個常用語是: schmooze,這是指「討好某人對某人獻殷勤」,通常是想得到回報。
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