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369 so somehting till your face is blue...

李华正为了完成一项作业而焦头烂额。她和Larry要用到两个常用语:Do something till you're blue in the face和run a tight ship. Larry: Hey, Lihua, are you ready to go to dinner? I'm starving. LH: 吃饭?我可没心情吃饭。我没想出这作业要怎么写。我们小组的组长肯定饶不了我! Larry: You've been sitting there for almost four hours! Let's go get something to eat, and then you can come back and think about it some more. LH: 不行,我发誓,不写出个提纲我就绝食! Larry: Look, Lihua, if you don't eat anything, you can sit there and think about your project till you're blue in the face and you still won't get any good ideas. LH: 啊?我的脸变成蓝色?这怎么可能? Larry: That's just an expression, Lihua. If you do something till you're blue in the face, you're doing something over and over again for a very long time - and making no progress. LH: 哦,Do something till you're blue in the face,就是说反复做一件事,但一直不成功。你是说我瘪了半天也写不出论文,可还拼命地想。但是,我不管,我非写出来不可! Larry: But, Lihua, I'm starving! LH: Larry, 别嚷嚷了,就算你一直抱怨到you're blue in the face! 我是不会理你的。 Larry: OK, OK. I get the point. Maybe I can help you. What's the project about? LH: 这就对了! 这个作业是美国历史课的。我们小组的每个人都要介绍一个美国历史人物,可是别的组员都是美国人,他们的历史知识当然比我丰富啊! Larry: Don't put so much pressure on yourself. Why don't you ask your group for some help? That would be more productive than sitting here until you're blue in the face. LH: 可是,我们组长凶巴巴的,特别不好说话,还让我们明天都要交一份提纲出来! Larry: Hmm...I think I have an idea, Lihua. Why don't you do your report on George Washington! He was a military leader who ran a very tight ship in the American Revolution. LH: A tight ship? 一艘很紧的船?乔治华盛顿不是美国第一任总统吗?难道他还在美国独立战争期间当过船长?? Larry: No, he wasn't the captain of a ship; he was the Commander in Chief of the entire army! And he ran a very tight ship with his soldiers - meaning, he was a very strict leader. LH: 原来如此! To run a tight ship就是指纪律严明的领导风格,严格管理。 Larry: That's right. He ran such a tight ship, in fact, that he was able to lead an army of largely untrained soldiers through a very harsh winter during the war. LH: 率领没受过什么训练的士兵在寒冬作战,这可不简单! Larry: Well, Lihua, a good leader can run a tight ship no matter how bad the situation is. LH: Larry, 这倒让想起了我们的组长。她对我们特别严格。 Larry: It certainly sounds like your group leader runs quite a tight ship, but a good leader can command the respect of his soldiers by setting a good example, not yelling. Without that respect, you could yell until you're blue in the face and you still wouldn't be able to lead effectively. LH: 没错! 严格管理并不等于每天冲手下人大喊大叫。我们这个小组的组长人特别厉害,可说实话没什么威信。我真希望下次分到别的组,不要再待在她的tight ship上。 Larry: I hope so, too. Now, since you have your topic, let's go eat pizza! LH: Pizza?? 不行! 我在减肥! Larry: Oh, Lihua, you're so skinny already! You could diet until you're blue in the face and it won't make any difference. Don't be so hard on yourself! LH: 啊?你说我已经很瘦了,所以再怎么减肥也不会变更瘦?得了! 我现在比在中国时胖了好多,我要看牢自己的嘴,I'm going to run a tight ship,只吃健康食品! Larry: Not another tight ship! I think I'm getting sea-sick. 今天李华学了两个常用语。一个是 Do something till you're blue in the face,意思是“重复做某事,但是不成功”。另一个是run a tight ship,意思是“严格管理”。