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VOA流行美语 - Lesson 131 - be hard up / pick on sb.

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Larry和李华准备到银行去,李华要开一个帐户,而Larry需要取一些现金。今天李华会学到两个常用语:to be hard up和to pick on someone.

LH: Larry,我要去银行开个户头,你去银行做什么?

LL: Well, my friend is a little hard up for cash right now, so I'm going to withdraw some money and let him borrow it.

LH: 原来你是要提现金借给朋友啊!你的朋友怎么啦?你说他hard up for cash。Cash是现金。这个我懂,但hard up是什么意思?

LL: To be "hard up" for something means that you don't have enough of it.

LH: Hard up for something就是什么东西不够,所以你那朋友hard up for cash, 就是钱不够啦!对不对?

LL: Exactly. He's helped me when I was hard up before, so I feel that I should help him out now.

LH: 嗯,你朋友以前也借钱给你,帮过你,所以现在你帮他。这也是应该的。对了,Larry, 这个hard up除了指缺钱,还可以用在什么地方?

LL: Well, one is usually hard up for money. However, you can be hard up for time or for work, too.

LH: 如果我说I am hard up for time, 那就表示我很忙,时间不够,对不对?

LL: Right. I'm usually hard up for time during exams. I have so much studying to do that I hardly even sleep.

LH: 我也是,只要到了期中考,期末考的季节,我就觉得时间不够用,书都念不完。那hard up for work不能说工作不够,只能说找不到工作喽?

LL: I'm hard up for work means that I really need a job, but I'm having a hard time finding one.

LH: 嗯,那种需要工作却找不到工作的滋味一定很不好受。希望我毕业后不会经历hard up for work.

LL: So do I. I don't think anyone enjoys being hard up for time, money, or work.

LH:对,缺钱,缺时间,没工作都不好受。

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LL: Did you see those two children in the bank? The little boy was awful; he kept picking on his sister.

LH: 就是,那个小男孩真不听话,吵吵闹闹的。你说他picking on his sister,那是什么意思?

LL: Oh, to pick on someone is to annoy or to be mean to that person. The little boy kept picking on his sister by calling her ugly and pulling her hair.

LH: Pick on someone就是欺负,招惹别人,或者老是批评别人的意思。那个小男孩不断拉他姐姐的头发,还说她丑,真是很让人讨厌。我小时候我哥哥也喜欢捉弄我。他总是踩我的脚,却说是我踩他!

LL: Well, at least your brother stopped doing that when he got older. My parents still pick on each other.

LH: 你说什么,你的爸妈也老是互相指责?

LL: They just criticize each other over stupid things. For example, my dad likes to pick on my mom about her cooking. He thinks she's a terrible cook.

LH: 你妈妈帮全家人做饭已经够辛苦了,你爸爸居然还批评她做饭做得不好。你爸爸也真是的!

LL: I know, but they have been picking on each other for thirty years and old habits are hard to break. To be honest, I think they enjoy it.

LH: 那倒是,30多年都是这样,要改恐怕也难。可是,你说他们喜欢这样做,这不太可能吧!

LL: Sometimes, they are joking. When my mom picks on my dad about the kind of music he listens to, I know she's just joking. Other times, I think they are just being grouchy.

LH: 我想他们有时是开玩笑。你爸听什么音乐,你妈还要管呐?肯定是开玩笑。当然,有的时候互相闹别扭也是可能的。人都有情绪不好的时候嘛!

今天李华学到两个常用语。第一个是to be hard up for something, 就是缺乏某样东西,通常用来指缺钱或没时间。另一个常用语是pick on someone, 意思是批评别人,或者是欺负别人。

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作者:dresam
i am hard up for cash.i am hard up for time. i am hard up for time.i am hard up for work. dont pick on me. they have been picking on each other for forty years.
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