垃圾。在中国人的印象里,他是个乐于做好事,很能体贴他人的好人。It rings a bell. 想起来了。heartwarming: 暖人心的,温馨的。inspiring: 鼓舞人的。come across as: 给人的印象是 8
  03. You know what, he was actually a criminal on the run. He was on the most wanted list of the International Police.但你知道吗,他实际上一直是一个在逃犯,是上 了国际刑警通缉令上的人。 the run: 在逃犯, on 又可以说 a criminal at large。 most the wanted list: 通缉令。the blacklist: 黑名单。 8
  04. What crimes was he engaged in? 他犯了什么罪呢?或者说,What crimes did he commit? 8
  05. He is a white collar coyote. He also did money laundering. He successfully stayed away from justice by hiding himself in China for three years, but finally he was picked up by American cops and taken back to the States the end of past June. 他是个专 做白领偷渡的蛇头,他也犯有洗钱罪。他在中国躲了起来,逃过了法律制裁达三年 之久,但最终还是被美国警方于六月底给带走了。Coyote 原意为小狼,但口语里指 蛇头,很多人将蛇头翻译为 snakehead,这是直译,但现在英语世界也渐渐接受了 snakehead 一词。Did you make it across with a coyote? 蛇头把你带过边境了吗?We paid a coyote ten thousand bucks a piece to get us in to the United States. 我们每人都付 了一万美元给蛇头带我们进到美国。 8
  06. Is that right? I also heard that he is a Mormon missionary. 是吗?我还听说他 是摩门教的传教士呢。 8
  07. Mormon sucks. A Mormon guy was found guilty of having ten wives recently. Mormon doctrine states that their members must be living in polygamy in order to enter the highest heaven. Their members have the rampant practice of taking underage girls as polygamous wives. 摩门教恶心。有个摩门家伙最近被判罪因为他娶了十个老婆。摩 门教教义说,一个人要进入天国的最高境地就要多娶老婆。他们成员盛行娶好些未 成年女孩做老婆。polygamy 一夫多妻制,underage girls as polygamous wives,这又 叫 child brides, 类似于中国旧时的“童养媳”。 8
  08. That is against modern precepts. 这是违背现代理念的呀。 8
  09. Well, not necessarily against every man’s modern concept. I bet that some Party members may want to be converted to Mormon, since they have lovers and concubines in droves. 嗯,但倒不见得是违背每个人的现代理念。我敢打赌,有些党员就想皈依摩
门教,他们可是二奶三奶成群结队呀。in droves: 成群结队。precept, concept 意思 相近,放在一起记比较好。 8
  10. There you go.Those guys can get off easily with just a slap on the wrist even if they get caught. ( or a slap-on-the-wrist punishment.) 你说得不错。这些人就算被发现了, 也会不了了之,轻易就走脱的。There you go. 表示赞同对方的说法。get off: 走脱。 a slap on the wrist, 在手腕上打一下,表示处罚很轻微。get caught 被发现。 8
  11. I am off the subject. 我走题了。Do they go off the subject often and get lost in their words? 他们是不是常常离题、信口开河?You are off the subject. I am lost in your words. 你走题了,你的话让我迷茫。 8
  12. 140 题是 Turnoff,相反的说法是 turn-on:Confidence will always be a major turn-on. 自信总是一个主要吸引人的优点。 8
  13. There are thousands of articles on English learning in Yingyu Zatan(英语杂谈). How can you keep up with all this reading? Well, focus on Teacher Xin’s. Teacher Xin’s column offers enough stuff to keep you abreast of today’s English. 英语杂谈有上千的文 章论说如何学好英文,你怎么可能把这些文章都读完?专心读信老师的文章。信老师 的文章足可以让你跟上当代英语。 keep up with 与 keep someone abreast of 是同一个 意思。 8
  14. Xin’s column helps you not only with your English learning, but also with a broad scope of knowledge, thus you gain confidence with people. 信老师的文章不仅帮 助你学英文,还让你获得较为广泛的知识,这样你在与他人交往时就会信心十足了。 8
  15. The most important thing is to develop a burning internal urge for improving and honing your English skillset. 最为重要的事是,你得有一股内在的激情想要改进 提高你的英语综合技能。a skillset, 通常写为 a skill set, 指综合技能, 不是单单一项。 例如, 说、 翻译技能都过关, 听、 读、 就是 a skill set, 如果只有其中一项, 就是 a skill。 8
  16. A. Teacher Xin, I think I suffer from shyness. What can I do?B. Winning the war with shyness takes practice. You should know that people generally are friendly, and you should not feel insecure and fear that you are being judged with every word you say. 要想战胜胆怯需要多练。你该知道,人通常还是非常友善的,所以你不必提心吊胆, 老是担心别人会对你的话去斤斤计较。 8
  17. Ordinary families do not have any savings to fall back on in an emergency. 一 般家庭没有任何储蓄可以对付意外事件。 fall back on 依靠。 8
  18. The computer is acting on me today. 今天电脑有点不正常。 8
  19. Soccer kind of fell upon me. 我是不由自主地爱上了足球。 8
  20. Here"s the tag line. 这是最重要的话。通常电影海报上会引用电影里一句给 人印象最深的话,这就是 tag line. 8
  21. A chance meeting with her has changed his life. 一次与她的邂逅相遇改变了他的 一生。a chance meeting, 偶尔相遇。I met him by chance. 我偶尔遇上了他。I am quite certain thechances are low. It has never happened before. 我敢肯定,这样的机率很低, 这事从来没有发生过。 8
  22. What exactly are you giving her besides an open wallet? 除了慷慨外,你还能 给她什么呢?an open wallet, 敞开的荷包,这里意思是“大方”。To those bureaucrats,
the government equals an open wallet. 对于这些官僚而言, 政府就是一个敞开的金库。 8
  23. I am not your ATM machine. 我不是你的自动提款机。 8
  24. I am not an open checkbook to you. 我又不是你的财主。an open checkbook 任由你填写的支票簿。比较 a blank check。 8
  25.I have two beefs with your argument. 对你的观点, 我有两点不同的意见。 beef 口语里意思是吵架,不同的意见。 Why do you want to have beef with me? 你为什么 要跟我过不去?I won’t buy that beef from you. 我才不会听你这套胡说。 8
  26. two sides: There are always two sides to every story, and there are two sides to this story.每个事件都有两个不同面,这个事件就有两个不同面。 (这是你陈述、辩护 自己观点比较好的开场白。 ) 8
  27. It generated strong feelings from people. 这引起了大家的强烈反应。 Those on both sides of the issue agree it generates strong feelings. 8
  28. If news media people had an ounce of integrity, they would not report such a one-sided story from the local government. 如果这些新闻从业人员还有一点点良知的 话,就不会仅仅报道来自地方政府的一面之词了。 8
  29. These are the two sides of the same coin. 也可以作:These are the two sides of a coin. Rewards and punishments are two sides of the same coin ? both are used to control people, and neither works very well. 奖励与惩罚实际上是一个硬币的两面,都 是用来控制人的,但是两者都不能取得很好的效果。This will always be a two-sided argument.比较:two edged sword,双刃的剑。 8
  30. I cannot understand why a minor disagreement escalates into a fist-fight. 我真 不明白为什么一点意见不合就变成了拳头相见。 8
  31. pass the buck 推诿责任。Passing the buck is a way of life for Chinese bureaucrats. 中国官僚最拿手的就是打太极拳。以前美国人打牌,怕有人做小动作,庄家前放一 把小刀,状如小公鹿,所以这刀叫“buck”,谁舞弊,刀就飞了过去。轮到下个人做 庄,刀就传到下一个人。也就是 pass the buck。后来美国人比较文明了,就改为放 一银元。所以后来美元就叫 bucks。杜鲁门有句最有名的话。I am the ultimate responsible person in this organization. Everyone can pass the buck to me, but I cannot pass the buck to others. The buck stops here. 我是这个组织的最高负责人, 谁都可以把 责任推到我这里,但我绝不会把责任推给别人。问责到此为止。胡哥什么时候也能 说同类的话呢? 8
  32. I don"t usually get peeved by misleading articles, knowing that they are merely for propaganda. 我知道那些专门误导读者的文章都是宣传工具,所以我通常是不会 对这些文章较真的。peeve 生气。a pet peeve 指让你生气不舒服的小事,但可能对 别人并不会产生什么影响。 That is a pet peeve. 类似 151 句: something get under one"s skin。My pet peeve is that so many people here are coping articles written by others. 叫 我头痛的是太多的人抄别人的东西。 8
  33. Whoever controls the flow of information controls the mind of people. 谁掌控 了信息传播谁就控制了大众的头脑。 8
  34. This is a small token of my appreciation. 感谢人送礼物时必说的话。a token
of my love 8
  35. Get over it. 算了,不要再计较。 You need to get over it. 你得忘记这事了。 I can never get over it. 我总是无法忘怀。 8
  36. City white-collar women who have succeeded educationally and professionally are the least likely to marry down. 城市白领女性受过良好的教育,事业有成,一般很难 与比自己条件差的男人结婚。 Men tend to marry down more easily. 男性不在乎与比自 己条件差的女性结婚。 marry down 与条件比自己差的人结婚。 8
  37.You are on top of the game today. 你今天表现出色。on top of the game 与 on the cutting edge (见第 187 句) 是同一个意思。 You need to stay on top of your game if you want to stay valuable and in demand.你如果想要得到重视、 重用, 你就得表现优秀。 in demand 得到重用。 8
  38.This is a classic David versus Goliath showdown. 这是一场典型的小人物挑 战巨人的决斗。 8
  39. I have now taken it upon myself to champion my two favorite causes, the English language and human rights. 我主动承担了全力以赴地来推动我所喜爱的两项 事业:英语与人权。 8
  40. You can’t be serious. 你不会当真吧!No one takes you seriously except yourself. 除了你自己,并没有人把你当根葱。You take yourself too seriously. 你太把 自己当回事了。 8
  41.This restaurant easily tops Beijing’s list when it comes to choice. Guests can find almost anything their tastebuds desire for dinner. 如果你想在北京品尝最好的烹饪,这 家餐厅肯定是榜上有名。 (或榜上排名前几名。 )可以说只要食客能想得到的佳肴在 这里都能找到。Come to choice 找最好的餐厅。 8
  42. Learn how to boost your powers of persuasion and get what you need in a business/relationship.学会提高说服人的本领,你就能在生意场上游刃有余。 (或在感 情方面) 。比较前面所学:to hone your ability。 8
  43. You know that to cross a street in China requires some special skill. You need to learn how to bob and weave around slow-moving pedestrians and cars at the traffic. 你知 道在中国过马路是需要点特别技能,你要学会在拥挤的交通中,在那些走得慢的行 人和汽车中穿梭自如. bob 轻轻地跳跃,weave 原意是织布,这里是指“在人群中穿 来穿去”。 8
  44. I am sorry I haven’t replied to you sooner, because my phone is on the fritz. 对 不起,我没有及时给你回电话,因为我的手机死机了。 8
  45. Freeze. Police! 站住,警察!freeze 在平时场合也能用,并不是只有警察才 这么说。例如你叫人不要动,就说:Freeze. 8
  46. Let’s give him a big hand. 让我们给他热烈掌声。Put your hands together for him. 现在给他热烈的掌声。 won a standing ovation. We can’t get enough of this guy. He 大家起立向他鼓掌,我们感到还不过瘾。 (还想听听他的更多发言。 ) 8
  47. The company is making money hand-over-fist. 这个公司赚得盆满钵满。也可 以是说花钱如流水:He is a playboy, and spends money hand-over-fist. 他是个花花公 子,花起钱来大手大脚惯了。 8
  48. You can cut the tension with a knife. 这里气氛紧张得可以用刀来削。
8
  49. It is just a feel-good move. 这不过是一种自我安慰的措施。 8
  50. She is a scatter brain. 她总是丢三落四。 相当于 absent-minded, 但也有“没有 头脑,傻瓜”之意。也有将两词合成一个词的:a scatterbrain。 8
  51. The Olympics brought friends to us from every corner of the Earth. 奥林匹克给我 们带来了来自五湖四海的朋友。也可以说 from four corners of the Earth. 8
  52. Olympic history abounds with tales of athletes who overcame crippling adversity to win gold medals, but Karoly Takacs" comeback may be the best. 奥运史册 记载了众多运动员历经磨难,顽强拼搏,最终夺取奥运金牌的事迹。然而在这些数 不胜数
 

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