新酷口语秀

新疆 无争

Top 1 : I’m flat broke. 我现在穷得身无分文。

【Definition】

I’m so poor that I have no penny in my pocket.

【Scene】

A :I hear the hot dogs and hamburgers in this fast food restaurant are delicious.

Let’s go to taste some, OK ?

B :But I’m flat broke.

A :Never mind. I’ll pay for you.

B : Thank you.

【Analysis】

Flat 的原意是“平坦的”,想象一下一个人身无分文的时候,他的口袋是什么样子,我们就可以理解I’m flat broke. 的意思了。

Top 2 :I think I can swing that. 我寻思我能凑合着给你借点钱。

【Definition】

I think I can manage to lend you a little money.

【Scene】

A : Come over, Jack. Look ! How nice the new type of car is !

B : But its price is a little expensive.

A : My old car at home doesn’t work sometimes, and I want to buy a new car. I think this type of car fits me very much. But I have no enough money…

B : If you want to buy one, I think I can swing that.

A : Thank you very much.

【Analysis】

当你的好朋友开口向你借钱,你本来自己的经济状况也不是很好,但你又不好意思回绝他,此时你就可以用I think I can swing that. 来表达你的意思,这是最好不过的了。

Top 3 : What are you ,nuts ?你怎么了,疯了吗?

【Definition】

Are you crazy ?

【Scene】

A : Anyway, I must go to see the manager and tell him why I did so.

B : What are you, nuts ? The manager is angry with you at the office now. If you do so, he’ll fire you.

A : That’s nothing. I can get another job from other companlies.

B : Well, think over yourself.

【Analysis】

Nut 的原意是“坚果”,当别人对你说What are you ,nuts ?时,你可千万别以为他是在赞美你“像坚果一样坚强”呢!因为这里的nuts 是“疯子”的意思,现在你明白了吧。

Top4 : I can’t hear myself think. 我连自己想什么都不知道了。

【Definition】

I don’t know what to do now.

【Scene】

A : Betty, many friends are dancing in the waiting-room, and the music is so beautiful. Why do you sit here alone ?

B : I can’t hear myself think now. You go out to join them.

A : It seems that you have come across some trouble. Can you tell me about it ?

B :Please don’t disturb me again. I only feel a little tired and want to have a rest here.

【Analysis】

每当我们自己在想问题的时候,就好像在跟自己说话,所以说hear myself think 是很有道理的。I can’t hear myself think. 这句话同时含有言外之意,这就是:“求你让我安静一会儿吧。”

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