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第十五部 第九課: do the math , know the drill

  • Larry 和李華打算乘火車去 Larry 家玩。Larry 家住在紐約郊區。 Larry 和李華還打算去紐約市旅遊。李華會學到兩個常用語:do the mathknow the drill
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  • Okay, Li Hua, I don't know how we are going to do the sightseeing and also spend time with my family. I mean, you do the math - how is it going to work?
  • Do the math? 這很好算嘛。我們有四天時間,24小時乘以4等於96個小時 。我們總共有96個小時。
  • Oh, Li Hua, I guess I didn't mean for you to actually do the math. When I said "you do the math," I meant something like "you think about it."
  • 原來你說"do the math",意思是考慮一下,不是真的要我算。Larry,是你請我到你家去,還要到紐約玩, 你應該考慮呀 - You should do the math。另外,去紐約玩要花多少錢呢?我這個當老師的可沒有很多錢啊。
  • Don't worry, Li Hua. I've done the math. We'll save a lot of money by staying at my parent's house. Plus they will feed us.
  • 能住在你父母家就太好了,可以省很多錢。 Larry,你知道我是窮學生,凡事都要精打細算才行。I have to do the math all the time。
  • You know that is very smart. My younger brother could really have learned something from you.
  • 你弟弟向我學習?我有什麼好學的呢?
  • Well, when he moved out and got his first job, he really didn't do the math. He ended up needing help from my parents, because he wasn't making enough money.
  • 你弟弟真傻,第一次拿到工資就覺得自己很有錢,要搬出去住。他肯定沒想到房租那麼貴。你弟弟現在怎麼樣了?
  • Yes, he is now making very good money waiting tables at a restaurant.
  • 我也聽說餐館服務員收入不少。
  • In one hour he might wait on ten tables. If each table tips him between five and ten dollars。Well, you do the math.
  • 每小時服務十桌客人,每桌客人給5塊或是10塊美元的小費。喲,你弟弟一個小時就能掙50到100美元。 看來,我也改行作服務員算了。
  • No, Li Hua. You are definitely meant to be a teacher. He's making what seems like a lot now, but in the long term - if you do the math - I think you'll be doing better in the end.
  • 從長遠來看,我以後會掙得比你弟弟多?但願如此。
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  • Okay, Li Hua, we're now at the subway station. You know the drill. Have your ticket ready ...
  • 地鐵票?我有呀。 Larry,你剛才說: You know the drill, 這是什麼意思啊? Drill不是一種工具嗎?
  • Well, a drill is a tool。But a drill can also be a routine. Knowing the drill is knowing a routine - it is knowing how things are done.
  • 噢,to know the drill就是知道一件事該怎麼作。我當然知道怎麼坐紐約地鐵了。先要買票,然後把票放進自動檢票機,否則就進不去。對嗎?
  • That's good. But do you know the drill when it comes to taking a taxi in the city? We have to do that next.
  • 什麼?我們下了地鐵還要打的?我可沒有在紐約打過的, 我是隨時攔車呢,還是要到指定的街口等呀? I really don't know the drill。
  • That's OK, Li Hua. I'll teach you what you need to do - then you'll know the drill.
  • 我是得學學。我在紐約人生地不熟的。 沒有你,我一定很緊張。
  • Yeah, it can be very disconcerting when you are in an unfamiliar place and don't know the drill.
  • 是呀,在不熟悉的地方有時心裡是很不安。我剛來的時候不知道怎麼乘公共汽車,有一次差點走丟了。
  • But now you are an expert. No one would say you don't know the drill now!
  • 當然了, 不過我也不是什麼都知道, 還要向你多多請教。Larry,我們這是去哪裡呀?
  • Oh, the usual places in New York City. You know the driM
  • 對,到紐約來玩的人都是去這幾個地方, I know the drill。先去自由女神像, 然後接著去百老匯看戲,然後去唐人街吃飯。
  • I'm glad you are excited about eating in Chinatown. Because when it comes to ordering in Chinese, I really don't know the drill.
  • 這你放心,Larry。 你不會點菜,我來點。 I know the drill 。
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  • 今天李華學到了兩個常用語。一個是 do the math,意思是考慮、算計一下。另一個是 know the drill,也就是說知道怎麼做某件事情
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