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Larry在咖啡馆里碰见了李华。他们会用到两个常用语:take someone under your wingtake someone for a ride.

(Sound of caf□door opening - chimes)

Larry: Hey, there you are, Lihua.

LH: (Sounding tired) Oh, hi Larry.

Larry: I haven't seen you since last weekend. What have you been up to? Don't tell me you're having midterms already.

LH: 我连看书的时间都没有! 尽忙着照顾我表妹了。她从中国来美国上高中,初来乍到,什么都不会,所以我这两天一直在帮她安顿。

Larry: I'm sure it's a very tough transition for both of you. But, it's so nice of you to take her under your wing.

LH: "Take her under my wing"? 这是什么意思?

Larry: To take someone under your wing means to give them a great deal of personal guidance and protection while they are learning something of which you have experience.

LH: 我明白了, to take someone under your wing,就是指导、保护和照料某人。我现在就是这样像母鸡带小鸡一样照顾着我表妹呢!

Larry: It takes time to learn how to cope with living in a totally new environment - it's only natural to need a little bit of help at first. As a matter of fact, I can remember a time not so long ago when I took a certain confused girl from China under my own wing...

LH: 你说你也曾这样帮助过一个女孩? 你不是在说我吧?Larry, 虽然你给了我很多帮助,但这和我给我表妹的帮助是不同的。我要是不在她身边,她连出门买吃的都不敢!

Larry: But Lihua, you couldn't buy groceries on your own either when you first moved here. One time at the grocery store, your bill came to $7.50 and you pulled out a dollar bill, asking me if it was enough!

LH: Haha, 这个我记得。刚到美国时,每次需要跟美国人打交道我都会非常紧张,就算不说钱柜娱乐qg999,还是觉得很恐怖。

Larry: Luckily, I was there to take you under my wing while you got used to living in the United States - just like how you're taking your cousin under your wing now!

LH: 哈,看来我们都是好心人! 最近我在帮我表妹找房子。她以前的房东欺负她是新来的,把房租提高了两倍!我表妹已经傻呼呼地交了一个月的钱!

Larry: Yeah, you have to be really careful. It sounds like that landlord was taking your cousin for a ride.

LH: Taking her for a ride? 开车带她出去?那个房东可没这么好心!

Larry: Um, I mean "taking her for a ride" as in, taking advantage of her situation - playing a trick on her for his own benefit.

LH: 哦! 原来to take someone for a ride还有欺负人,宰人的意思!

Larry: Yea, that's right. For example, when I went to New York City, my cab driver noticed that I had never been to New York before, and so he took a longer route to my hotel in order to run up my bill. This is a classic case of "taking someone for a ride."

LH: 啊?司机看你是第一次来纽约,就带着你绕远路,多收你的车费。这可真差劲,欺负人!

Larry: Unfortunately, some people will take advantage of other people like that.

LH: Larry, 咱们是愿意take others under our wings, 不遗余力地帮助别人,可这个房东和那个出租司机却会take people for a ride, 占别人便宜。所以这两个说法的意思正好相反嘛!

Larry: Yea, you could think of it like that. So, it's a great thing that you are taking your cousin under your wing! Otherwise, it would be easy for people to take her for a ride.

LH: 好吧,为了防止她受欺负,我就继续努力吧。

Larry: I'm sure your cousin is a smart girl. Before you know it, she'll be just as capable to live on her own in the United States as you are - and you won't have to worry about people trying to take her for a ride.

LH: (叹气) 不过,在她完全自立前,我可有的忙了,估计不能常和你见面了!

Larry: That's OK. Taking someone under your wing is a quite a full-time job!

今天李华学了两个常用语。一个是to take someone under your wing,意思是“照顾和帮助某人”。另一个是to take someone for a ride,意思是“占人便宜,欺负人”。

网友的学习评论(13条):
作者:luccy
I think here is "Taking someone under your wing is quite a full-time job!
作者:luccy
I have experienced something taking me for a ride like Larry's .
作者:Bruce
Take someone under my wings ,I like the filling just like i like taking someone for a ride ,hha
作者:weini
Hate the people who take the new for a ride ,i am the one take someone under my wing, and you?
作者:lilian
I take my sister under my wing
作者:nissan
I take my little brother under my wing so that somebody cann't take him for a ride!
作者:Melody
I hate people to take someone for a ride . It is so selfish . If all people can take someone under their wings , the world will be full of happiness .
作者:taylor
I just know "take care of sb" and "look after sb" before,but now,I have goe another phrase to express take care of sb or look after sb,that is "take sb under one's wing".
作者:helen
I hate people who takes other people for a ride!
作者:dresam
i will take you under my wing so no one will take you for a ride
作者:duyan
when our friend is newcomer here ,we should take he or she under our wring,because friend can help each other . lots of person thought they are freshman ,they ofen take them for a ride.
作者:lulu
if u go to china ,i ll take u for a ride.haha just pull u legs,actually,i ll take u under my wing,welcome to china!
作者:包容
My mother takes me under her wing.
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