第11课:私人宅邸 ACT 3-1 我能为你们做些什么?

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《走遍美国》是一套生活化美语教材,内容以住在纽约州的里弗代尔镇林登大街46号的Stewart一家三代人的生活为中心展开,内容涉及美国各地风土人情、社会生活的许多方面。这个幸福温馨的家庭是千百万美国白人中产者家庭的缩影。

 

【故事梗概】

Marilyn 和 Richard正在银行里。银行的贷款负责人Ralph Riley先生在询问他们现在的住房情况、职业及收入情况。

 

【对话】

 Mr. Riley: How do you do?
Richard: Hello.
Mr. Riley: I'm Ralph Riley.
Richard: I'm Richard Stewart, and this is my wife, Marilyn.
Mr. Riley: Pleased to meet you.
Marilyn: Likewise, Mr. Riley.
Mr. Riley: Please, sit down. What can I do for you?
Richard: We'd like to discuss a mortgage.
Marilyn: For a house.
Mr. Riley: Fine. Are you buying a house or are you refinancing your present home?
Richard: We're planning to buy a house.
Marilyn: And we'd like to find out about a mortgage.
Richard: We are customers of the bank. As a matter of fact, my whole family banks here.
Mr. Riley: I have some questions to ask. Do you own your house or do you rent?
Richard: Neither. We live with my parents, Dr. and Mrs. Philip Stewart.
Mr. Riley: And how old are you?
Marilyn: I'm twenty-nine.
Richard: I'm thirty.
Mr. Riley: And, Mr. Stewart, what is your occupation?
Richard: I'm a freelance photographer.
Mr. Riley: And, Mrs. Stewart, are you working?
Marilyn: Yes. I'm a designer, and I work in a boutique.
Mr. Riley: Did you bring any savings or salary information? Last year's tax forms?
Richard: Yes. Here they are.

 

【语言点精讲】

1. Likewise, Mr. Riley.
我也很高兴见到你,Riley先生。这是对于“Pleased to meet you.”的一种回答方式。 likewise也可以说 the same here,两者都是非正式的说法。

2. What can I do for you?
我能为你们做些什么?这是营业人员或服务员接待顾客时常用的套语。

3. Are you buying a house or are you refinancing your present home?
你们是想新购住房,还是要再次申请新的贷款?
Are you buying… or are you refinancing…: 这里使用现在进行时,是表示当时当地的行为,“你们此次光临是为了……还是为了……?”
refinancing: 重新按揭,重新安排按揭,把旧贷款还清后重新申请(买房)贷款。

4. As a matter of fact, my whole family banks here.
事实上,我们全家都是同这家银行来往的。
as a matter of fact: 事实上,实际上。
bank: 这里用作动词,指“存款于银行”。

5. I'm a freelance photographer.
我是自由摄影师。
freelance: (从事)自由职业(的人。Richard 不为某家公司工作,他把他的摄影作品卖给不同公司。

6. Did you bring any savings or salary information? Last year's tax forms?
你们有没有带来储蓄或工资方面的材料?比如说去年的纳税申报表?
tax form: 纳税申报表。在美国,个人所得税的多少依每人的年收入而定。每年在4月15日前,人们必须填好 tax form交到国家税务局。