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VOA流行美语 - Lesson 143 - long shot / the buzz

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Larry和李华正在讨论暑假期间做什么。李华建议邀请一些朋友一块儿去露营。今天李华会学到两个常用语:long shot和the buzz.

LH:Larry,我们要不要叫Dave和Laura跟我们一起去露营呀?

LL: Well, it's a long shot, Dave and Laura probably already have something planned.

LH: 那倒也是,他们可能已经计划好了暑期活动。不过,这跟long shot有什么关系哪? Shot是射击。我邀他们去露营,不是去打猎......

LL:No, there's nothing to do with shooting!

LH:等等,我知道了。你的意思是,他们已经有计划了,所以不太可能和我们去露营,long shot就是不太可能,是不是?

LL: That's exactly what it means. A "long shot" is something that is not likely to happen or there is only a small possibility of success.

LH: 你看,我猜对了吧! Long shot是指不太可能的事。要不我们可以加入他们的活动啊?

LL: That's a long shot, too, because it's probably too late to make the necessary airplane or hotel reservations.

LH: 是吗?现在已经不太可能订到机票和旅馆啦?那...还有什么是可能的,而不是long shot呢?

LL: We could spend the vacation with my family at my parent's lake house. I'm pretty sure that my parents would be happy to join us there.

LH: 哇!到你爸妈的湖边别墅去度假,还能见到你爸爸妈妈。那真是太好了。Larry,你怎么没早点想到这个好计划嘛?

LL: Well, I thought it was a long shot that you'd be willing to spend your vacation with my family. My parents sometimes could be boring.

LH: 怎么会呢?我很喜欢你爸爸妈妈。他们很和善,也很风趣。你妹妹也是个很有意思的人。我想我们会玩得很开心的。

LL: It's a long shot that my sister will come home to spend the vacation. She said she's going to Europe this summer.

LH: 噢,她要去欧洲呀?我也很想去,但是现在没钱。Larry,暑假去你们家,我们会不会到湖里游泳啊?我要不要带游泳衣呀?

LL: You should definitely bring a bathing suit.

LH: 那么,要不要带件毛衣呀?

LL:You could, but it's a long shot that you'll need it.

******

LH: Larry,你准备好了吗?我们该出发了!

LL: Yep. I'm all packed. I decided to bring some new movies with us to watch, too, including a new horror movie. The buzz is that it's really scary.

LH: 你还带了电影哪?太好了,不过我可不爱看恐怖电影。对了,Larry,你刚才说,the buzz is...,什么是the buzz?

LL: Buzz is slang for what people are saying about a particular topic, person, or thing, not necessarily bad.

LH: 噢,buzz就是指大家谈论的话题,所以你的意思是大家都在说这部电影很可怕,是不是?

LL: Right. I brought that new Tom Cruise movie, too, because I know you've been wanting to see it.

LH: 真的,你还带来了Tom Cruise最新的电影。Larry,谢谢你!最近大家都在谈论,那就是: The buzz is Tom Cruise又有新女朋友了。

LL: I really don't pay any attention to the buzz about celebrities' personal lives. I'm just not interested in it.

LH: 我对关于名人的传说通常也不太感兴趣。但是,Tom Cruise是我喜欢的电影明星,所以有关他的事,我是比较注意的。

LL: Oh well, all the buzz in the media about their personal lives probably didn't help their marriage that much.

LH: 没错,那些媒体的报道对他们的婚姻不但没有什么好处,甚至还可能间接地破坏了他们的婚姻呢!

LL: That's right!

今天李华学到两个常用语。第一个是long shot,是形容某件事不太可能发生,机会不大。另一个常用语是the buzz,是指大家对某人或某事的谈论。

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