第12课:顶尖高手 ACT 1-2 我们会找到一个解决办法的

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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】

Susan看Grandpa并不喜欢这种清闲的退休生活,主动提出要帮他找点事情做。Grandpa没有在意,让她帮助摆餐桌。没想到Susan却是当真的。

 

【对话】

Susan: Grandpa, you have so much energy and so many years of experience. There are probably a lot of places for you to work. Particularly in the construction field.
Grandpa: But at my age, I'm not looking for a full-time job. I'm retired. But I'm bored.
Susan: Well, there must be something. Maybe I can help.
Grandpa: Let's go into the kitchen, and maybe you can help me set the table.
Susan: Sounds good to me. What are we having?
Grandpa: I prepared lamb chops, mashed potatoes, and a tossed green salad to begin with.
Susan: Grandpa, you are a terrific guy!
[A little later, Grandpa and Susan are eating dinner in the kitchen.]
Susan: You're still thinking about something to do, aren't you? A job of some kind.
Grandpa: That's right. I've been thinking about it for weeks now. There must be some way to put my mind to good use.
Susan: We'll find a solution. A positive solution to your finding a way to use that wonderful mind of yours.

 

【语言点精讲】

1. But at my age, I'm not looking for a full-time job. I'm retired. But I'm bored.
可是我这把年纪了,我不想找一个全职的工作。我是退休了,可是我腻烦得要命。
a full-time job: 全职工作,全天工作。
retired: 退职的,退休的。这种形容词由动词加-ed构成,类似的词还有 bored(厌烦的)、interested(感兴趣的)等。

2. Sounds good to me.
这(主意)听着不错。sound: 意思是“听来像,令人觉得”。
这个句子省略了主语it。省略主语在口语里比较常见,例如: “Want something to drink?”的完整形成为“Do you want something to drink?”。

3. I prepared lamb chops, mashed potatoes, and a tossed green salad to begin with.
我做了羊肉块,土豆泥,还有拌蔬菜色拉当头道菜。
lamb chops: 羊肉块。chop这里指(一块)排骨,肋条肉。
mashed potatoes: 土豆泥。
tossed green salad: 蔬菜色拉。

4. A job of some kind.
找个什么工作之类的。
some在这里表示“某一种、未知的”,后面带单数可数名词。

5. I've been thinking about it for weeks now.
我想了有几个星期了。
have been thinking about: 使用了动词的现在完成进行式,表示“想”这个行为在过去发生并持续到现在。

6. There must be some way to put my mind to good use.
总该有个办法让我施展我的才能。
put my mind to good use: 施展我的才能。

7. We'll find a solution. A positive solution to your finding a way to use that wonderful mind of yours.
我们会找到一个解决办法的。为让你能使用你那了不起的头脑寻找一个积极的解决办法。
find a solution: 找到一个解决办法。与后面的find a way同义。
to use that wonderful mind of yours: 使用你那了不起的头脑。最后面的of yours起强调作用,强调“你的”,这样说更有感情色彩。