第12课:顶尖高手 ACT 2-1 那么说我已经解决了你的问题了

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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想请自己的老板John Marchetta帮忙,为Grandpa找点事做。她叫来了自己的助手Sam“商量”这个想法是否可行。

 

【对话】

Susan: Sam, would you come in, please?
Sam: You sound like something's bothering you, Susan. The sketches for the cover of the new doll book?
Susan: That's not it. Please sit down.
Sam: Sure.
Susan: I need your advice on a personal matter, but it's not about me.
Sam: You need my advice on a personal matter, and it's not about you. OK.
Susan: It's about my grandfather.
Sam: What's the problem?
Susan: It won't sound like a big deal, but it is. I had dinner with him Saturday, and he's very unhappy about not working.
Sam: I thought he was retired and pleased to be living with the family.
Susan: He is, but there's so much energy and talent in the man, and he doesn't get to use it.
Sam: But what can I do? What kind of advice are you looking for?
Susan: Simply this. John Marchetta runs this company.
Sam: He founded this company.
Susan: Right. John Marchetta gave me my start here six years ago, when I first graduated from college. He gave me the chance to use my talents and made me feel more confident.
Sam: Right. Maybe he can do the same thing for your grandfather.
Susan: Or at least give him some advice.
Sam: Right. Then I’ve solved you problem.
Susan: I can always depend on you, Sam.
Sam: I'm glad to help. Shall I call Mr. Marchetta for you?
Susan: No, no. I'll do that. Thanks.

 

【语言点精讲】

1. You sound like something's bothering you.
听起来好像有什么事使你心烦。这是一种关心别人,询问别人怎么了、是不是有麻烦了的说法。bother: 使烦恼,打扰。

2. I need your advice on a personal matter, but it's not about me.
我有一件私事需要听你的意见,可并不是关于我自己的。Susan的话有些表面上的矛盾,这显然让Sam有点摸不着头脑,所以他说“You need my advice on a personal matter, and it's not about you.”这里Sam 重复了Susan的话。重复别人的话是确认对方意图的一种方式。
a personal matter: 个人的事情,私事。

3. It won't sound like a big deal, but it is.
听起来不像是一件重要的事情,可事实上是的。
sound like: 听起来好像…
a big deal: 指的是something very important(很重要的事情)。

4. I had dinner with him Saturday, and he's very unhappy about not working.
我星期六和他一起吃的晚饭,他因为没有工作很不高兴。
I had dinner with him Saturday: 正式的说法应该在Saturday前面加上一个on。但是在美国英语中,这个on常被省略。
be unhappy about: 因为……而不高兴。

5. Simply this.
简单说就是这样的。

6. He gave me the chance to use my talents and made me feel more confident.
他给了我使用我的才能的机会,使我更有信心。
give sb. the chance to do sth.: 给某人机会做某事。
made me feel more confident: 使我更有信心。 make sb. do sth.是make加不带to的不定式作宾补,其他类似的动词还有feel, let, see, watch, have等。

7. Then I’ve solved you problem.
那么说我已经解决了你的问题了。
solve the problem: 解决问题。这是个常用的搭配。

8. I can always depend on you.
我总是可以信赖你的。可以用这句话来感谢对方对自己的协助,这里的“对方”应该是和自己比较熟悉的人。
depend on: 依靠;信赖。也可写作 “depend upon”。

9. Shall I call Mr. Marchetta for you?
要不要我给Mr. Marchetta打电话?
表示主动为某人做某事时,如果主语是I或we时,一般用shall,例如: “Shall I/we wait for you?”。主语是you时则用would,例如: “Would you like me to help you?”。