第13课:一个真正的斯图尔特家的后代 ACT 3-3 没有必要小声说话

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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】

在Marilyn和Richard的房间里。Susan, Harry和Michelle 在看Max 睡觉的样子。这时Max突然哭起来了,这让Susan不知该如何才好。

 

【对话】

Harry: He's really cute.
Susan: It's not necessary to whisper, Harry. A baby gets used to voices.
Harry: I remember now. We always whispered when Michelle was born.
Michelle: And I didn't sleep well. Daddy told me. I never slept. And when I did, I woke up when I heard someone speak.
Susan: I bet you were cute.
Harry: She sure was.
Michelle: Not as cute as Max. He's like a little doll.
Michelle: Oh, good. Now I can help diaper him.
Susan: Let's get Marilyn. What do you do when he cries like that?
Harry: You pick him up.
Susan: He's so little…so new. Let's call Marilyn.
Marilyn: Time for a feeding and time for a diapering. You're a real Stewart.

 

【语言点精讲】

1. It's not necessary to whisper, Harry. A baby gets used to voices.
没有必要小声说话,Harry。婴儿会习惯于听见人声的。
be necessary to do sth.: 有必要做某事。
gets used to: 习惯于。get used to后接名词或动名词。get表示逐渐变化而达到某一状况的过程,也可以用be来替换。

2. And when I did, I woke up when I heard someone speak.
即使睡着的话,一听见人说话我就醒来了。
did: 睡了。此处的did代替动词slept。助动词经常可以代替动词,使话语更简炼。当助动词代替动词时要重读。

3. She sure was.
她确实是(很逗人喜欢)。这是非正式用法,正式用法是: She certainly was.

4. Not as cute as Max.
不如Max这么逗人喜爱。
not as…as…: 不如……。这个结构中的第一个as可以用so替换。

5.Time for a feeding and time for a diapering.
该喂奶了,也该换尿布了。
time for sth.: 是该做某事的时候了。time for是 It's time for的省略。英文里表达“该做什么事”的时候, 除It's time to do sth. 以外, 也可以说It's time for doing sth. 或It's time for sth.