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VOA流行美语 - Lesson 313 - space cadet...

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流行美语第313课

 

李华打电话给Larry,提醒他说好了晚上一起看电影。 今天我们要学两个常用语: space cadet和running around like a chicken with its head cut off.

LL: (Pick up phone) Hello?

LH: Hi, Larry.

LL: How are you, Lihua?

LH: 我挺好。你别忘了,说好了一起看电影,还有半个小时开演。

LL: Oh shoot. I'm so sorry Li Hua. It completely slipped my mind. I feel like such a space cadet.

LH: Space cadet? 太空学员?太空学员常忘事儿吗?

LL: Well not real space cadets, but as a saying "space cadet" means someone who is off in space, or often forgets things that they need to do.

LH: 噢,Space Cadet原来是说心不在焉,爱忘事儿的人。那你绝对合格!不然怎么会忘记约好跟我一起看电影呢。

LL: I guess I just got caught up with this project for work. My space cadet coworker forgot to save it earlier, so we are back to square one.

LH: 啊?你们的项目白做了,要从头开始?我以前写论文也出过忘记存盘的事。I've acted like a space cadet before. 那你们要怎么办呢?

LL: It hopefully won't be too big of a problem, but because he was a space cadet we will have to work a bit late tonight.

LH: 就算是这样,你也不能忘了陪我看电影的事儿啊?This is no excuse for you being a space cadet!

LL: I know. I am sorry.

LH: 没关系,谁都有这种时候,我们教授星期一来上课,居然说把我们的作文落在了地铁上。Talk about a space cadet!

LL: I'll say! What did he do?

LH: 最后他找到地铁总站才找到。

LL: Wow, he is lucky that he was able to find them again.

LH: 可他还是很不好意思,所以给我们所有人一律加分。

LL: That sounds like a pretty good trade off to me.

LH: 是不错。看来有个做"space cadet"的教授,也不一定是坏事。言归正传,电影到底还看不看?

LL: Let's shoot for the 8:30 showing. I think I will have the work done by then. Meet you at the theater?

LH: 好,一言为定。

******

Larry和李华在电影院大厅里碰头。

LH: Larry, 你来得正好,电影马上就要开演了。

LL: Yes, though I've been running around like a chicken with its head cut off.

LH: What? 你为什么要说自己象没头公鸡一样跑来呢?

LL: Running around like a chicken with its head cut off means I have been running around frantically all over the place.

LH: 噢,你是说自己忙得跑来跑去,中文里我们说,象没头的苍蝇一样,英文里说象没头的鸡,真有意思。你忙什么?

LL: It turned out that there was more to the project than I originally thought, but I really wanted to come see this movie. I had to rush and wound up running around like a chicken with its head cut off.

LH: 那Larry, 你说鸡真的会砍掉脑袋还跑来跑去吗?

LL: I am not sure Li Hua. But the point is that if they do run around, it is chaotic. Similarly I was running all over the place at my office to try and get this project done.

LH: 这倒让我想起我同学Carrie. 她星期天才知道星期一有项目展示,所以一整天都忙得昏天暗地。She was running around like a chicken with her head cut off!

LL: What do you mean, Lihua?

LH: 她一直在自习室和图书馆之间跑来跑去,手忙脚乱的。

LL: That certainly does sound right. After running around like a chicken with its head cut off, I feel pretty flustered too! How did Carrie's presentation turn out?

LH: 说实话,我还真不知道,整个过程,我都在开小差儿。

LL: It sounds like you were a total space cadet. What about you, have you ever had to run around like a chicken with its head cut off because you left something to the last minute?

LH: 我?怎么可能!我做事从来都是井井有条,绝不会临时抱佛脚。

LL: Sure. Well let's get our tickets and watch this movie.

今天李华学了两个常用语。一个是space cadet, 指心不在焉,爱忘事的人。另一个是running around like a chicken with its head cut off, 意思是忙得象没头的苍蝇一样。

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