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012B 开车: 中级课程

Phil想去拉斯维加斯玩儿,可是没有租到合适的车。所以他决定向自己的朋友Tom借敞篷车。 Professor: Winnie, if you had a nice convertible, would you lend it to a friend to go to Las Vegas? 可以借,不过条件是,带我一起去拉斯维加斯! [Doorbell, door opening] Tom: Well hello Phil. This is certainly a surprise. What are you doing at my apartment? Phil: Oh ... no reason. I haven't seen you in a while, so I thought I would go see my very, very good friend Tom. Tom: Oh really. Well something tells me that isn't the only reason. You never come by unless you want a favor. Phil: What? Of course not! I came by just because I like you and wanted to say hello! Tom: Come on Phil, you can't fool me. What do you want? Professor: It sounds like Tom has given Phil lots of favors before. 可不是么,Phil以前一定经常麻烦Tom。这次,他虽然一直和Tom套近乎,但Tom似乎有点不为所动。 Phil: Well ... alright. I want to drive to Las Vegas this weekend. Would it be possible for me to borrow your car? Tom: You want to borrow my car? But it's brand new! I've only made one payment. Phil: I know, but I promise I'll be really careful. Tom: I don't know ... Las Vegas is a pretty wild place. I don't want anything to happen to my car. 看来Tom不愿意把车借给Phil,因为他的车是新买的,而且,拉斯维加斯那种地方什么人都有,把自己的新车交给别人还真不放心呢! Professor: Exactly. But do you know what Tom meant when he said he had only made one payment? Tom说的payments就是每个月要还的买车贷款。 他说,自己才只还了一个月的钱。 Phil: Oh please? I'm a really good driver. I'll return it without a scratch. Tom: You? A good driver? You don't even know how to parallel park! Phil: Don't worry, I won't park it on the street. I'll park it in the hotel parking lot. Tom: But people really like to party in Las Vegas. I'm worried someone who has been drinking and driving will hit my car and damage it. Phil: Don't worry, I'll only drive during the day. Tom担心有人drinking and driving - 酒后驾车,会撞坏自己的车,可却丝毫不担心车里的人 - Phil的安全,这算什么朋友! Professor: Well, it's a brand new car. It probably has airbags and plenty of safety features. 那倒也是,新车都会配备airbags - 气囊,和其它的safety features - 安全设备。不过,professor Bowman, Tom说Phil不会parallel park,这是什么意思? Professor: The word "parallel,", means extending in the same direction. So parallel parking is to park directly behind another car. 哦,parallel是“平行”的意思,所以parallel parking就是就在街上平行停车,或者叫“入库停车”。Phil不会parallel parking,所以他保证,只把Tom的车停在酒店停车场。 Tom: Alright Phil, I'll lend you my car but there are some rules. Phil: Sure, what are they? Tom: First, no speeding. If you get a ticket in a speed trap, I will never lend you my car again. Phil: Of course not. I'll drive really slow. Tom: Rule number two. No talking on your cell phone while you drive. Phil: Of course, I promise I won't talk on my phone. Tom: Rule number three. If you make any money gambling, you give half to me. Phil: Well, you drive a hard bargain, but it's a deal! Tom最终还是同意借车了。不过,他要求Phil,不能超速;不能开车时打电话;而且如果在赌场里赢了钱,就要分一半给他! Professor: Do you think that's a good deal? 我觉得,就象Phil说的,Tom "drives a hard bargain." 太能讨价还价了。 Professor: But I think it's a fair deal! Let's tune in next time to learn about Phil's trip to Vegas. 这次的美语三级跳就播送到这里。