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Lesson 199 - Birthday Bucks (1)

作者:VOA礼节美语 发布日期:2-25-2012

Sarah转到新部门工作不久,在去吃午饭的路上遇到原来的同事Amanda.

S: Hi Amanda, how are you? I've missed working with you and the whole gang since my transfer last week.

A: We've missed you too. The office just isn't the same without you. How is your new job?

S: It's great. I really get to focus on what I like to do and everyone has been very nice and welcoming. However, I'm having a small problem with my new colleagues.

A: What happened?

Sarah告诉Amanda她很想念原来的同事,I missed working with you and the gang. 大家都知道,Gang有团伙的意思,在这里指常聚在一起的一群人。 Amanda也说,The office just isn't the same without you. Sarah走了,办公室好像就不一样了。虽然Sarah很喜欢她新的工作, 但是在跟新同事相处时却遇到了一些小麻烦,我们继续听。

S: Well, three people are celebrating their birthdays this month and the policy here is for everyone to contribute ten dollars to a card and cake for each person.

A: Wow, so you'll be out thirty dollars on your first week at work!

S: I know. It is a lot of money and I haven't gotten to know any of the people celebrating their birthdays well enough yet. At our old department, it was only three dollars for each birthday and there were only ten of us.

原来,这个月有三个新同事过生日,Sarah不得不跟着一起凑份子,买卡片和蛋糕为同事庆祝。They want her to contribute to the card and cake. Contribute is spelled c-o-n-t-r-i-b-u-t-e, contribute 是贡献的意思。这样一来,She will be out thirty dollars. 一下要出三十块。Sarah跟这些同事还不熟,所以觉得有点亏。Amanda安慰她说,

A: Well, every department is different. You wouldn't want your new co-workers to think you're a Grinch, right?

S: What is that? It doesn't sound like a good thing to be.

A: A Grinch is a person who spoils the mood at a happy occasion by being selfish or unenthusiastic. You know - a party pooper.

S: I definitely don't want to be that! But, I still think it's unreasonable for them to ask me for such a big sum of money when we don't know each other very well. What should I do?

Amanda警告Sarah,如果她不出份子钱的话,同事会认为她是Grinch, Grinch is spelled g-r-i-n-c-h, grinch专门用来形容自私,而且没有情趣的人。Sarah当然不想让新同事觉得她是个败兴的人,a party pooper, 可她还是很不甘心,觉得新同事的要求不合理unreasonable. reasonable是有道理的,前面加上 un, unreasonable就变成了没有道理的。这笔份子钱,Sarah最后会出吗?我们下次继续听。

网友的学习评论(57条):
作者:Coffee
2-25-2012 11:24:56
Learnt it...
作者:paulina
2-26-2012 20:12:55
haha,it's funny like chinese banquet
作者:Peter
2-26-2012 20:42:38
Many people are grinch. It's a trouble when we meet.
作者:grace
2-26-2012 23:7:12
you cann't make everything goes as you like
作者:Black
2-28-2012 12:46:35
Grich=selfish
作者:Black
2-28-2012 12:46:58
Grinch=selfish
作者:Michael
2-28-2012 20:37:7
do not be a grinch!
作者:cindyqun
2-29-2012 11:4:47
don't want to be a party pooper
作者:oscar
3-1-2012 10:50:14
co-worker
作者:英语恋
3-2-2012 8:22:18
i learned some new words
作者:Gsnzhang
3-2-2012 15:48:27
It is a trouble to contribution. but, we have to do so.
作者:Penny
3-2-2012 19:16:18
Last week,I had to contribute 400 yuan. It really a lot of money.
作者:lewis
3-4-2012 11:37:31
i learned some good words, such as grinch ,gang, party pooper ,unreasonable ,out .
作者:stevenzou
3-4-2012 13:33:25
party pooper is unresonable
作者:lucky
3-5-2012 11:16:57
In fact ,I think we must do as the Romans do !The money isn't all !But more friend will be better than more enemy forever!
作者:TODD
3-5-2012 23:35:58
just 30dollors only,sarsh really a party-pooper womam.
作者:oliver
3-6-2012 21:15:20
lose my cool
作者:Meggie Mu
3-7-2012 15:38:54
Sarah has no reason to think it is unreasonable, because every department's rulr is different, she need to do as the Romans do. and in this way, she will have more friend. besides, it is equal, when she celebret her birthday, she also will receive the same gift.
作者:Meggie Mu
3-7-2012 15:40:43
By the way, I hate the Grich and party pooper!
作者:小企鹅
3-23-2012 12:39:48
No pain ,no gain.
作者:Fiver
3-23-2012 22:21:5
No pain no gain .I think so too.
作者:Fiver
3-23-2012 22:25:47
It is a good chance to meet new friends.
作者:yueyetu91509
3-28-2012 9:9:15
It very good for us to learn English.
作者:susana
3-29-2012 15:46:8
grinch ,a party pooper ,unreasonable,unenthusiastic.right?
作者:lily
3-30-2012 9:33:41
grinch
作者:lily
3-30-2012 9:35:15
We have a birthday party,but needn't to contribute for the cake.
作者:cool-xian
3-30-2012 20:26:17
learn it at the first time!!
作者:kelly
4-2-2012 17:30:52
sometimes everyone have no choice because they do not want to destory the ralation with other people, especially when your friends ask you to contribute money for birthday's present.
作者:cynthia
4-8-2012 0:26:29
not everyone is rich enough for the unreasonable party, so i agree with sarah. she isn't a grinch, she is just not that rich
作者:天涯
4-8-2012 21:26:18
Grinch, Grinch is spelled g-r-i-n-c-h, grinch专门用来形容自私,而且没有情趣的人. i've learned it.
作者:qinfen
4-9-2012 14:33:56
helpful...
作者:yushuo1895
4-19-2012 16:12:46
为什么没有更新了呢
作者:eva
5-6-2012 20:49:40
It's all right. Because there is a old saying:" When at Rome,do as Romens do".
作者:liangchen
5-12-2012 18:40:51
The party is the begining of getting along with the now co-workers, so , fortet the expense, go ahead to make friends.
作者:liangchen
5-12-2012 18:45:12
To be honest here, sometimes i am a party pooper,but that is not having anything to do with money!
作者:LuffyS
5-14-2012 20:56:11
This is an opportunity but not trouble
作者:jason
7-12-2012 14:39:25
30USD is quit a lot for a person only work in the dept. a week
作者:Stephen.Moyer
7-16-2012 10:32:36
Sometimes we need to follow the general custom,just to be open mind and not to be a grinch
作者:风笑笑
7-17-2012 14:43:38
Grinch is necessary,I think so.I met three times in different company,So I thought everyone is different,then let's be the different.
作者:Teresa
8-21-2012 10:30:49
After changing a new job, we need some time to communicate with new colleages. Maybe in this time , we think ourselves are lonely, but we will get with well after a few time. Everyone must experice this progress.
作者:zhangerqing
9-5-2012 15:39:24
when in Rome,do as the Romans do .in a new job,you need to get well with the new collegues.if a problem can be solved by money,it will not be a problem.you generous behavior will be of great help to you to integrate this team quickly.never to be a Grinch and a party pooper.
作者:mia
9-5-2012 16:27:58
so funny!!!Grinch
作者:selinadai
9-16-2012 16:59:49
She will be out thirty dollors
作者:spy
9-18-2012 22:2:27
you are a grinch ,why did you leave us and the party alone and just went away,what a party pooper
作者:Addicted.
10-7-2012 12:9:31
This is very interting and i'm very expecting the next one! thank you!haha
作者:liz
10-10-2012 9:48:7
learn a new word 'Ginch'A Ginch, A pooper, selfish or unenthusiastic
作者:liz
10-10-2012 9:51:0
you will learn to get well with each other in a new department, the first thing is do as Romas do
作者:林小鹿鹿
10-10-2012 22:7:23
I learned the two words: grinch & a party pooper.
作者:Nicole
10-12-2012 0:56:26
grinch,i learned a new Word
10-25-2012 14:39:52
I am a comom person
作者:koma55
10-31-2012 10:42:16
sometimes we have to do what we don't want to do .
作者:hup918
11-15-2012 12:4:45
Grinch is needed, but we must think about the situation and job enviroment.
作者:Lee
11-19-2012 10:30:14
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12-18-2012 11:40:23
Money is not all! If we are happy,it derves.
作者:邓彩凤
12-23-2012 23:14:9
Just be out thirty dollars , it is not worth of taking long time to think about this , except disturbing yourselft , nothing change.
作者:diamond
1-1-2013 18:44:39
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作者:Peter
11-7-2013 20:40:56
I agree with you too
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