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VOA流行美语 - Lesson 94 - on the fritz / hog

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今天李华到Larry的宿舍里去串门儿,李华会学到两个常用语:on the fritz和to hog。

LH: Hey, Larry, 我昨天晚上给你打电话,在你手机上留了言,你怎么没给我回电话啊?

LL: I didn't get your message. My cell phone has been on the fritz. I don't know what's wrong with it.

LH: 你没收到我的留言?还说你的手机怎么啦?On the fritz - 那是什么意思啊?

LL: I said my cell phone is on the fritz. If something is on the fritz, that means something is wrong with it and it is not working properly.

LH: 噢,要是说什么东西on the fritz, 意思就是"出了毛病,不能正常工作了"。哎呀,我的手机有时候也会on the fritz. Larry, 除了电话以外,还有什么东西也可以说是on the fritz呢?

LL: Well, usually it is machines that are on the fritz. For instance, sometimes my computer does not respond to my commands, so it's on the fritz.

LH: 原来on the fritz通常是用在机器设备上,比方说像你说的电脑。就是啊,有的时候电脑会出故障,不听指令,那就是on the fritz了。

LL: Now Li Hua, can you give me an example?

LH: 有了。昨天我在学校的食品零售机买coke,我明明塞进去一块美元,可是零售机一点反应都没有。It must have been on the fritz.

LL: Oh, some of the vending machines are often on the fritz.

LH: 哎,Larry, 除了说机器,我能不能说一个人on the fritz呢?

LL: Not really. However, the exception is that you can say that your stomach is on the fritz if it is uncomfortable.

LH: 噢,我们不能直接说一个人on the fritz, 但是,要是我的胃感到难受,我就可以说:My stomach is on the fritz.

LL: All right, Li Hua, forget about things that are on the fritz. You want to watch this DVD?

LH: Sure! 但愿你的DVD player is not on the fritz.

LL: Oh, come on, Li Hua!

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LL: Hey, Li Hua, stop hogging all the popcorn! I want some too.

LH: 得了得了,想吃爆米花就说话呀,给你!你说我什么?Hogging all the popcorn? 好像不是什么好意思,你可得给我解释清楚!

LL: Well, to hog something is to keep it for yourself and not share it with others. Just now you were eating all of the popcorn without sharing it with me. Therefore, I said you were hogging the popcorn.

LH: To hog something就是霸占着某样东西,不给别人。嘿,Larry, 你怎么能说我霸着爆米花不给你呢?我又不知道你也想吃,再说,我现在不是分给你了吗?

LL: Okay, I suppose you aren't hogging it anymore.

LH: 对了,Larry, 除了说食物以外,这种说法还可以用在别的地方吗?

LL: Well, we are now watching a DVD, if I don't let you use the remote control, then I'm hogging the remote.

LH: 噢,要是你一个人拿着遥控器,不让我用,那你就是hogging the remote. 那可比hogging the popcorn更气人了!

LL: Okay, now it's your turn to give me an example.

LH: 让我也举个例子啊?想起来了。我那个同屋啊,她有的时候用洗手间用好长时间,进去了就不出来,我真应该告诉她 - stop hogging the bathroom.

LL: That's a very good example. Hey, Li Hua, look at me - if I lie down on the couch and don't give you any room to sit down, then I am hogging the couch.

LH: 哎哟,Larry, 你干什么呀?你干嘛一个人把整个沙发都占了,一点儿地方都不给我留,你想让我坐地板啊?Stop hogging the couch, Larry!

LL: Calm down, Li Hua, I was just giving you an example.

今天李华从Larry那儿学到两个常用语。一个是on the fritz, 意思是"出了故障"。另外一个是to hog something, 意思是"把某样东西据为己有,不给别人"。

网友的学习评论(2条):
作者:dresam
dont hog the toilet. my computer has been on the fritz. stop hogging the toilet.
作者:魔羯座
I hate someone if he hogs the toilet wehn i want to go to the toilet.
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