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流行美语第254课

 

Larry和李华在纽约参加长跑比赛。李华今天要学两个常用语,eat my dust和sore loser.

LL: It's a good thing you've been training for this race, Li Hua. But you are still going to eat my dust.

LH: Eat your dust? Yuck. 吃你的土?这是什么意思啊!

LL: When someone says ''eat my dust," they are saying to their competitors in a race situation that they are confident they are going to win the race, leaving everyone else far behind.

LH: 赢比赛跟让别人吃土又有什么关系呢?

LL: Well, when you run, you kick up dust from the road. So, if I run very fast and you are behind me, you'll be getting my dust in your face - and eating my dust.

LH: 噢,我明白了,跑在前面的人掀起的尘土,会落在后面人的脸上,原来是从这儿来的。不过,Larry, 我为今天的比赛已经训练两个多月了,也许你会eat my dust呢!

LL: But I've been running for years, and I've been in many races. And most of the time, the other runners end up eating my dust.

LH: 那也许你能象环法自行车大赛七连冠阿姆斯特朗一样,让其他人都ate his dust.

LL: Now that I think about it, Li Hua, I prefer to think of myself as the cheetah of the running world. As the fastest animal on land, all the other animals eat the cheetah's dust.

LH: 你还真自信!大话说出来,可千万别落在别人后面噢。

LL: Actually, Li Hua. I am just joking. I'm not really the cheetah of the running world. There are so many runners in this race, I am pretty sure I will be eating someone else's dust.

LH: 输赢并不重要,重在参与嘛!

LL: You are right, Li Hua. And since this is a race for charity, it doesn't matter if you eat my dust - or I eat yours. In the end, everybody wins.

LH: 对呀,比赛收益全都要用来帮助无家可归的人。Okay, Larry. 准备好,你要eat my dust了!

******

LL: Whew! That was a great race. Even though I didn't place, I'm pretty happy about my overall time. I'm just disappointed by the guy who placed second - what a sore loser!

LH: Hmmm...得第二名的那个人好像特别不高兴,又跺脚,又挥拳头,嘴里还骂骂咧咧的。你说,这就叫sore loser吗?

LL: Yes, He clenched his fists and stomped around, saying things that weren't very nice. That is a sore loser!

LH: 在中文里,我们说这种人输不起。

LL: But I don't know why he was being such a sore loser, to place second out of the hundreds of people participating in the race should be something to celebrate.

LH: 就是啊。我要是得了第二名,一定乐死了。这种输不起的人,让所有人都觉得扫兴。

LL: It's true. Do you remember when you were a kid, Li Hua - and you were playing a game? If one of the kids started acting like a sore loser, the game wasn't so fun anymore.

LH: 我当然记得。小孩子都不愿意输。我有个外甥,一输就哭鼻子。

LL: Yeah, but most people grow up and become adults - and grow out of being sore losers.

LH: 但是有的人就是长不大,我就见过很多sore loser.

LL: That is true. I'm trying really hard not to be a sore loser myself.

LH: 你怎么会是sore loser呢?

LL: Well, I am kind of embarrassed that you beat me in the race, Li Hua. Especially since I told you that you were going to eat my dust. But I am not going to be a sore loser - I'm proud of you and how well you did in the race.

LH: 噢,原来是因为这个。谢谢你,Larry, 我确实花了很多时间为这次比赛做准备。

LL: Say, maybe we should celebrate the outcome by racing over to the ice cream store for an ice cream cone!

LH: 好啊!但是你肯定会eat my dust, 你知道我一见冰激凌就没命了。

今天李华学到了两个常用语。一个是eat my dust, 是输给我的意思。另一个是sore loser, 是指输不起的人。

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