第10课:偷得浮生半日闲 ACT 1-2 去享受一下鸟语花香

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【故事梗概】

Sam念完了日程表上的所有安排,但Susan觉得自己好像还计划了什么其他的事情。Sam看到她工作过于紧张劳累,建议她抽空去享受一下鸟语花香。

 

【对话】

Susan: What else? Come on, Sam…
Sam: You work too hard, Susan. When was your last day off?
Susan: Hmm. I can't remember.
Sam: You really ought to take some time off.
Susan: What for?
Sam: To enjoy the simple things in life…
Susan: I know, Sam. Maybe soon.
Sam: To smell the flowers.
Susan: Oh, wait a minute. What's today's date?
Sam: Today is the twelfth. Why?
Susan: It seems to me I scheduled something else.
Sam: There's nothing else in the appointment book.
Susan: I'm sure I did. Oh, well, I'll probably remember it later.
Sam: I hope it isn't important.
Susan: Hmm. It's probably nothing. OK, let's get started. Would you call Priscilla Smith at FAO Schwarz, please?
Sam: Right.

Later that morning…
Sam: These are the models from the Japanese film maker.
Susan: Thank you. Just put them on my desk.
Sam: And the new drawings for the toy spaceship.
Susan: Wonderful. That was fast.
Sam: We have a new artist. She's very talented.

 

【语言点精讲】

1. You really ought to take some time off.
你真的应该休息一下。
ought to do sth.: 应该做某事。ought to的口语说法的发音为awta。
take some time off: 抽出时间(休息一下,放松一下)。

2. What for?
为什么?在这里相当于“Why? ”

3. To enjoy the simple things in life…
享受一下人生的小小乐趣……
the simple things in life: 人生的小乐趣。这里simple things指的是轻松愉快的谈话,欣赏美丽的天空,或是散步之类的简单但是令人感到放松和快乐的事。

4. To smell the flowers.
去享受一下鸟语花香。 这个短语场用来指“轻松一下,放松一下,休息一会儿”。

5. What's today's date? Today is the twelfth.
用“What's today's date?”提问时,问的是日期,“今天是(几月)几号?”
用“What day is it today?” 提问时,问的则是“今天是星期几?”
the twelfth: 这里表示日期,指12号。在表示日期时,使用序数词。

6. It seems to me I scheduled something else.
我好像还安排了一项别的日程。
It seems to…: 好像是…
schedule在这里用作动词,“将…列入计划,排入日程”。

7. It's probably nothing.
大概不是什么重要事。类似含义的说法还有“It’s probably no big deal. ”以及“It’s probably no big thing.”