connection without the owner’s permission. 在美国有些州, 一个人如果擅自上他人没有上锁的无线网络可以 判为重罪。 piggy backer 汽车或摩托车后面的小型拖斗车。 大一点的拖斗车叫 trailer。 9
  03. His forte is to show people around in the company. 他最拿手的就是向大家介 绍公司。 9
  04. Someone once said, “Journalism is the first rough draft of history.” No wonder journalists always get things wrong. 有人曾经说过,“新闻不过是历史的最初的、粗糙 的草稿”。难怪记者总是把事情搞错了。 9
  05. History doesn’t repeat itself--historians do. I am with Karl Popper in the belief that history has no laws, only some occasional recurring patterns.历史是不能重复的,但 历史学家却在不断重复着。我赞同卡尔波普尔的信念,即历史是没有规律的,有的 不过是一些偶尔重复的轨迹。 9
  06. History is a great teacher. 历史就是最好的老师。 9
  07. Think twice, dig deep, and you will find a good answer. 好好思考,多下工夫, 你会得到一个美好的答案。 Your English is poor now, but that is OK. If you dig deep and push yourself hard, you will be in good shape. 你的英语现在是不怎么样, 但这不要紧。 只要你用功努力,你就会很不错的。 9
  08. It seems the perfect solution everyone looks for is to minimize his work life while still getting the stuff done that needs to get done. work life 与 work-life 是有区别 的。work life 指的是工作时间,与 leisure life 相对应。“似乎每个人都在寻找一个完 美的生活方式,那就是尽可能减少工作时间,同时该干的工作又都干好了。”I would like to have my work life to be enjoyable, productive, low-stress and high fun. 我希望我 的上班时间能有趣、高效率、少压力、又快快乐乐。work-life 指的是工作与生活要 有平衡。You are not a robot. You need a good work-life balance. All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.你又不是机器人,你需要处理好工作与生活之间的平衡关系。 只有工作没有娱乐让 Jack 成为了一个枯燥的人。 9
  09. Is your plan still hazy?你的计划是不是仍旧模糊得很? 9
  10. The concept of language errors is a fuzzy one. Someone would say this sentence is right, while others say it is wrong.语言错误这一个概念实际上很不容易界 定。有人说这句子是对的,有人说这是错的。 9
  11. She has a sharp tongue and think fast. 她伶牙俐齿, 思维敏捷。 顺便再介绍三种舌 头:forked tongue: Those officials at the department all speak with a forked tongue, promising support they will never deliver. 这个部门的官员个个是谎话连篇,承诺解决 问题, 但是绝无行动。 tongue 来表示说谎最直接的说法是 a lying tongue. a flattering 用
tongue, 甜言蜜语 9
  12. Go bang your head against a wall, so that maybe it will stop making you say the stupidest things at the worst possible times. 你把头去撞墙吧,这样或许会让你不会在 最糟糕的时间说最蠢的话。 9
  13. 887 句学了 lifeline, 这里学另一句: is putting his life on the line to promote He democracy and freedom. 他冒生命危险去推动民主与自由。put one’s life on the line, 冒生命危险。That crazy driver puts everyone’s life on the line. 这个疯子司机在把大家 的生命当儿戏。 冒生命危险还有两个说法: May one lie when a life is at stake? 当生命 出危险时,能说谎吗?His life is at risk. 他的生命处在危险中。 9
  14. 中国人喜欢礼让, 但最后总有一方要让步, 这时我们可以说 if you insist, 如 果你一定坚持的话,那么。这是正规说法,口语的说法是:if you twist my arm. 例 句:If you twist my arm, I’ll stay for a second beer. 既然你这么客气,那我就再喝一杯 好了。 9
  15. Gentlemen, start your engines. 先生们,可以开始了。 (这是赛车时的用语,但是 也进入了日常生活中。 ) 9
  16. One would be hard-pressed to find a single scientific breakthrough that required evolution. 很难找得到这样的例子, 说是科学领域的某项突破是靠进化论的指导来完 成的。hard-pressed 面临极大的压力。Our company is financially hard-pressed. 我们 的公司面临极大的财务压力。You would be hard-pressed to explain to me what the government political and economic vision is. 你很难向我解释, 政府究竟有什么政治和 经济蓝图。 9
  17. You need to think creatively?outside the box. 你应该跳出狭隘的惯有思维方 式,去创造性地思考。 9
  18. Do you think the projected sales figures are realistic? They’re in the right ballpark. 你觉得预计的销售额还现实吗?大致正确。 9
  19.You want to control your own destiny? But you are in the wrong lane. 你想掌 握自己的命运吗?但是你的方向搞错了。 9
  20. They stand on the shoulders of the great people of the past, thus looking father and seeing more clearly than they. 他们站在历史伟人的肩上,所以可以比前人能看得 更远,更清楚。 9
  21. Reconciliation is the foundation for true harmony. Without it, harmony can only be a stupid idea. 和解是真和谐的基础,没有和解,和谐只能是一个极为愚蠢的观念。 9
  22. Can you force harmony at gunpoint? 你可以靠武力来强行推销和谐吗?at gunpoint 又可以说 by force of arms:Can you achieve harmony by force of arms? 能靠 武力来取得和谐吗? 9
  23. Probably you can argue that there was harmony behind the Iron Curtain of Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Republics. 或许你可以争辩说,在以前的东欧和 苏联的铁幕背后也有和谐。 Iron Curtain 铁幕。 the 从铁幕一词有人发展出 the Bamboo Curtain(竹幕)。 9
  24. Government agencies are finding themselves in increasingly rough waters as people know how to defend their rights. 当普通民众学会了如何保护自己的权利时, 政
府部门就发现他们的日子日益不那么容易过了。in rough waters 也可以说 in hot water:Don’t speak ill of your boss. That can land you in hot water. 不要背后说老板的 坏话,搞不好你会有麻烦的。fish in troubled waters:混水摸鱼。 9
  25.Citizens need to fight for a way to protect themselves from the ambitions of tyrants motivated by ideology, such as Hitler, Stalin and M. 有些暴君,如希特勒、斯大 林、M 为了一个主义而奴役人民,这时公民应该自强,学会保护自己。 9
  26. Government should play no role in the lives of the citizens of a free society except keeping orders. 在一个自由社会, 政府除了维持治安外, 不能干预公民的私生 活。 9
  27. One of the biggest problems about the Chinese culture is that people are brought up with the low expectations for themselves. They expect the government to solve all the problems for them. This kind of culture can only produce a dictatorship.中国 文化的最大的问题之一就是,人民被调教成了对自己的期望值过低,他们什么事都 希望政府来替他们解决。这种文化只能培养出独裁者。 9
  28. The tragedy of the younger generation is that they have no ability to think. They need debunk and clear away lots of wrong ideas first. 年轻一代人的悲剧是,他们丧失 了思维的能力。他们要做的首先是扫除许多错误的概念。 9
  29. I never watch CCTV 7 o’clock evening news, because it destroys our critical abilities and the ability to actually think. 我从来就不看中央台 7 点的晚间新闻,因为 中央台把我们搞得没有分别是非的能力,以及思维的能力。critical abilities: 批评能 力,分辨是非能力。 。 9
  30. Why does the government fear freedom of speech? Because ideas have consequences. 政府为什么这么害怕言论自由?因为思想必带来结果。 9
  31. I let my guard down. 我放松了警惕。 9
  32. In the news stand, you find a lot of cheap throwaway newspapers and magazines. 在报刊亭,大量的报纸和杂志都是看完就扔掉垃圾。 9
  33. On the street, you will find lots of free, throwaway handbills. 走到大街上,总 会有人塞给你大量的免费垃圾推销广告。 9
  34. Home, sweet home. 这是旅途人回家常常感叹的一句话。大概相当于“金窝 银窝不如自家的狗窝。”也可以译成“甜美之家”。 9
  35. I know this is a tough job, but someone’s got to do it! 我知道这是项不容易的 工作,但总得有人做吧! (说这话时,实际上就是你自告奋勇愿意来做别人不想做的 事。 ) 9
  36. For many sufferers, the drugs have been a godsend. 对于许多患者,这些药就 是上帝的礼物。 9
  37. After some back-and-forth, we finally settled on a name for our new company: the New Century. 经过来来回回地讨论,我们最后决定了公司的名称:新世纪。 9
  38. Right here, right now. 此时此刻,就在此地。 (不要找借口拖延。 ) 9
  39. Just do it. 这三个字很有用。 你要别人做件事, 他??嗦嗦, 你就说这句话。 或者强调: Just do it, OK! 动手吧,拜托! 9
  40. If you can’t beat them, join them. 打不过土匪,就加入土匪。这是一些潜在
腐败分子喜欢的哲学,例如刚刚大学毕业的学生,刚毕业,他们还有满腔热情,厌 恶腐败,但过了不久,发现根本不可能斗过腐败,于是他们就说这句话。当然也可 用在完全不同的语境,例如,你竞争不过人家,就加入他们,这样你也就有了成功 的机会。 9
  41.You must be kidding me. You wanna be a singer? You even can’t carry a tune. 你真 是在给我搞笑,你想成为歌星?你五音都不全!也可以说:You are tone deaf. 你是 什么高音低音统统分辨不清楚。 can’t read music. 我不识谱。 cannot carry a tune, no I I matter how I try. 我尽了力,但还是拿不准调。 9
  42. Put the past behind you before you can move on. 你得忘记过去,才能重新出 发。 9
  43. You can’t argue with success. 成者为王。 9
  44. There are many cultural lies in our society. If a movie star is a spokesperson for a product, that product is worthy of trust. This can be said to be a cultural lie.我们社会有 许多文化谎言(就是大家都接受的谎言) 。如果一个明星做了一个产品的代言人,那 个产品就值得我们的信赖了。这就是文化谎言。 9
  45. Another one of them is that the Party is the engine of our civilization. It indicates that the Party members are better than other people. It is just another version of Nazi’s race theory.另外一个是,党是文明的火车头。这意味着党员就比其他人优秀, 这简直就是纳粹种族理论的翻版。 9
  46. We need to tell our people to actively resist cultural lies that limit our potential. 我 们得告诉大家, 要竭力抵制那些束缚我们发挥潜力的文化谎言。 Potential 可为名词, 也可为形容词:a potential danger to safety 安全隐患。 9
  47. Evolutionists often speak of missing links. The bridge between man and the apes is the “missing link”, the hypothetical ape-like ancestor of both. 进化论者常常谈到 缺失链(又译为“迷失的环节”,或译“缺环”) 。进化论假设猿与人享有共同祖先,所 以人与猿之间的那座桥就是“缺失链”。 9
  48. But the challenge is that missing links are everywhere all over the evolutionary tree. For instance, dogs and bears are thought to be evolutionary cousins, related to each other through a missing link. 但是难题是,在进化论的树枝上,缺失链是比比皆是。 例如,狗与熊按进化论解释是属表兄妹,只是中间少了一个缺失链。 9
  49. So far, there is no evidence of any fossil record for so-called missing link. 但到 迄今为止,找不到一块化石证据来证明有缺失链这回事。So evolution is a theory of circular argument which is never proved. 所以进化论是一种靠循环论证建立起来的理 论,得不到证实。 9
  50. Real truth stands up to be tested and be debated. There are two theories you are not allowed to debate in our country: communism and evolution.真正的真理是经得起试 验与辩论的。但是在我们国家,有两个理论是绝对不允许辩论的,即共产主义与进 化论。 9
  51.You are defined by what you do, not by what you say. 是你的行为而不是你的言语 在揭示着你的为人。 company is defined by its product, not by its commercial. 一个公 A 司是由其产品而不是由其广告所决定的。define 给什么下定义。 9
  52. Violet is, by any standards, easy on the eyes. 紫罗,无论用什么样的标准来
看,都是一个很养眼的漂亮女孩。She may be easy on the eyes but she is totally conceited.她或许很漂亮,但她却是个狂妄之徒。 9
  53. Can you just translate his complicated comments into straight-shooting advice? 你能把他难以明白的言辞化为直截了当的主意吗?He is a straight shooting man caught up in the politics of a crooked little town. 他是一个直爽的人,却陷入了一个充 满是非的小镇的官场政治之中。Branch is a straight shooter, a no-nonsense kind of guy who says what he means.布兰是个直来直
 

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