第13课:一个真正的斯图尔特家的后代 ACT 1-4 一个真正的 Stewart家的后代

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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】

Grandpa听到了汽车的声音。Max终于被接回家了。他的到来使全家人都非常高兴。

 

【对话】

Grandpa: All the Stewart men are tall.

Ellen: Well, Grandpa, you're about five-nine or five-ten. I wouldn't call that tall.
Grandpa: I take after my mother's family. They were…they were…they were average.
Susan: Mother, Marilyn. Father, Richard. And lots of pages for Richard's photos of Max.
Grandpa: Speaking of mother and of father-and speaking of Max-I hear the car. They're here!
Ellen: Oh! Oh, quickly! Go, go, go!

[Ellen, Susan, and Grandpa rush to open the door. Marilyn, Richard, Philip, and Robbie enter the house. Marilyn is carrying Max. ]

Ellen: Let's see. Oh, welcome home. Oh, let her in. Wait with your pictures for a second. Come on, darlings. Sweetheart…Sit down right here.
Susan: Oh, he's so cute! Oh, Marilyn!
Robbie: Max looks just like Grandpa.
Grandpa: A real Stewart.
Marilyn: I'm so happy to be home with my family - and with Max.

 

【语言点精讲】

1. Well, Grandpa, you're about five-nine or five-ten. I wouldn't call that tall.
哦,爷爷,你大约身高5英尺9英寸或是5英尺10英寸。我不认为这叫个子高。
Grandpa 因为有了接辈人乐得几乎忘形。他夸口说All the Stewart men are tall. (斯图尔特家男人个子都高)时,Ellen委婉的纠正了他。
five-nine: 指的是five feet nine inches,5英尺9英寸。1英尺为12英寸,等于30.48厘米。
I wouldn't call that tall.: 我不认为这个身高很高。I wouldn’t call that是一种委婉的矫正别人的话的说法。

2. I take after my mother's family. They were…they were…they were average.
我像我母亲家的人,他们……他们……他们身材都是中等。
take after: 指像某个直系亲属,否则不能用这个短语,因为它的意思是“因遗传或血缘的关系而像”。例如,He takes after his grandfather. 他像他爷爷。
average: 平均, 一般。这里 average 指“中等身材”。

3. Speaking of mother and of father - and speaking of Max - I hear the car.
说起孩子的父亲和母亲——说起Max——我听见汽车来了
speak of:谈到, 说起。在这里等于speak about。

4. Let her in.
让她进来。相当于“Let her enter or come in. ” 反义词是“ Let her out.”

5. Wait with your pictures for a second.
先别忙着拍你的照片。

6. A real Stewart.
一个真正的 Stewart家的后代。Stewart一家人常用这个短语,指某一成员确实具备Stewart家族的优良品质。