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生活英语对话 Episode 14: Tim strikes it rich

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本单元是关于 Tim 发财了 的对话

Tim: Can I help you madam?
Customer: I'm looking for a man's watch.
Tim: Well we have a sumptuous1 selection2 here: sports, evening, everyday watches. Do you see anything you like?
Customer: Oh, I rather like that one.
Tim: Impeccable taste, madam. Now, just take it over to the cash till there and they'll wrap it up for you.
Customer: Thank you, goodbye.
Tim: Goodbye...Oh, you've dropped something madam. Madam! Oh she's gone. Let's see 50, 100, 150 pounds! Well you know what they say Tim, a fool and her money......

Vocabulary :
to strike it rich (informal): to get a lot of money suddenly or unexpectedly
sumptuous (adj): very expensive and impressive
to have impeccable taste: to be able to choose the best things
the till (n): the place where you pay for things you buy in a shop
to get good reception: when talking about mobile phones, this means that the signal is strong and that you can hear the other person clearly


本单元的语言点是英语格言,看看下面关于金钱和工作的格言。

Proverbs: money and work

A proverb is a well-known phrase that gives advice or says something that is generally true.

Proverbs are fixed3 groups of words so you can't change the wording of a proverb. For example you can say "Too many cooks spoil the broth4" (a lot of people will make a mess of trying to complete a task together) but you can't say "Too many cooks spoil the soup".

Proverbs are also so well-known that we often only say the first half of them (the rest we leave unsaid because everyone knows the ending). So for example, Tim said "A fool and her money?" when the whole proverb is "A fool and his money are soon parted" which means that stupid people find it difficult to hold on to their money.
In the examples below the part in brackets5 is often left unsaid.

Proverbs: money

Money burns a hole in your pocket.
You spend your money too quickly.
All that glitters6 (is not gold).
Don't judge something by its appearance. It may look like it's worth a lot of money but it might actually be quite cheap.
Money talks.
People who are rich have more power and influence than people who are poor.
Don't count your chickens (before they hatch).
You shouldn't spend money (or make plans) based on what you expect to have (or happen) in the future.
Where there's muck (there's brass).
You can earn a lot of money if you don't mind getting a bit dirty.

Proverbs: work

All work and no play (makes Jack7 a dull boy).
If you take your work too seriously you won't have time to have relax and have fun. You'll be a boring person if all you think about is work.
Many hands (make light work).
This is the opposite of "Too many cooks" and means that if we all work together we will complete the task more quickly than if we each work by ourselves.
A bad workman (always blames his tools).
If you don't do a task well it's because you don't have the skills to do it not because the instruments you used weren't good enough.
You can't teach an old dog (new tricks).
As people get older, they usually don't like to try new things or new ways of doing things.
Make hay (while the sun shines).
Don't wait till tomorrow to do what you can do today because tomorrow your circumstances might change and you may not be able to do it.
 


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1 sumptuous Rqqyl     
adj.豪华的,奢侈的,华丽的
参考例句:
  • The guests turned up dressed in sumptuous evening gowns.客人们身着华丽的夜礼服出现了。
  • We were ushered into a sumptuous dining hall.我们被领进一个豪华的餐厅。
2 selection EZ3xX     
n.选择,挑选,精选品,可选择的东西
参考例句:
  • We left the selection of the team to the captain.我们把挑选队员的工作交给了队长。
  • The shop has a fine selection of cheeses.那家商店有各种精美乳酪可供选购。
3 fixed JsKzzj     
adj.固定的,不变的,准备好的;(计算机)固定的
参考例句:
  • Have you two fixed on a date for the wedding yet?你们俩选定婚期了吗?
  • Once the aim is fixed,we should not change it arbitrarily.目标一旦确定,我们就不应该随意改变。
4 broth acsyx     
n.原(汁)汤(鱼汤、肉汤、菜汤等)
参考例句:
  • Every cook praises his own broth.厨子总是称赞自己做的汤。
  • Just a bit of a mouse's dropping will spoil a whole saucepan of broth.一粒老鼠屎败坏一锅汤。
5 brackets 4fb5752086a682013b5aacd00bc913fd     
n.括弧( bracket的名词复数 );等级;类别层次;壁架v.把…括在括弧内( bracket的第三人称单数 );把…归为一类
参考例句:
  • Publication dates are given in brackets after each title. 出版日期括于书名后面。
  • Put your name in brackets at the top of each page. 把你的名字填在每页上端的括弧内。 来自《简明英汉词典》
6 glitters f615e1e99b72c7a4f990e6e950a2cb96     
闪烁,闪耀,闪光( glitter的第三人称单数 ); 眼睛闪现(某种强烈情感)
参考例句:
  • I mean that all glitters is not gold. 我是说,不是所有闪光的东西都是金子。
  • All is not gold that glitters. 闪光的东西不一定都是金子。
7 jack 53Hxp     
n.插座,千斤顶,男人;v.抬起,提醒,扛举;n.(Jake)杰克
参考例句:
  • I am looking for the headphone jack.我正在找寻头戴式耳机插孔。
  • He lifted the car with a jack to change the flat tyre.他用千斤顶把车顶起来换下瘪轮胎。
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