The english we speak(BBC教学)第178期:Smell a rat 起疑心

发表时间:2018-01-12内容来源:VOA英语学习网

Li: Hi Neil. How are you today?

莉:嗨,尼尔。你今天怎么样?

Neil: Hello Li. I'm a bit worried. All these bills to pay... there'll be no money left for my holiday.

尼尔:你好,莉。我有点担心。所有这些账单都要付……那我就没有钱去度假了。

Li: My problems are over and so are yours, Neil! I'll pay all my bills, and yours, and... where do you want to go for a holiday? How about Dubai? Five star hotel, by the beach, drinking champagne...

莉:尼尔,我的账单已经解决了,你的也会解决的!我会付清我的账单和你的……你想去哪里度假呢?迪拜怎么样?五星级酒店,在海滩旁边喝香槟……

Neil: Well, it's very generous of you, Li, but where are you going to get the money for that?

尼尔:嗯,你真是太大方了,莉,不过你的钱是哪儿来的?

Li: I won the lottery!

莉:我中彩票了!

Neil: The lottery?! That's brilliant! How much?

尼尔:彩票?!太棒了!你中了多少?

Li: Yes. I won US$10m! It's a lot of money, Neil! They sent me an email this morning.

莉:对啊。我中了1000万美元!好大一笔钱呢,尼尔!今天早上他们给我发了封电子邮件。

Neil: An email?

尼尔:电子邮件?

Li: Yes. The only thing that the organisers are asking is for me to pay them a small fee and give them the details of my bank account so that they can transfer the money. I'm a millionaire!

莉:对啊。组织者唯一的要求就是让我付他们一点儿费用,把我银行账户的详细信息告诉他们,这样他们就能转账了。我就要成为百万富翁了!

Neil: Mmmm... I smell a rat!

尼尔:嗯……我觉得不太对劲!

Li: A rat?! Where?! I am terrified of rats! Where is it? I can't see a rat!

莉:老鼠?!哪儿呢?!我非常害怕老鼠!在哪里呀?我没看到老鼠!

(Li stands on her chair)

(莉站在椅子上)

Neil: No, no, no! No need to stand on the chair, Li. There's no rat, no mouse, there're no rodents at all here. In English, when we say we 'smell a rat' we mean we're suspicious of someone: we feel there's something wrong.

尼尔:不,不是,不是!莉,没有必要站在椅子上。没有老鼠,没有老鼠,这里完全没有啮齿动物。在英语中,我们用smell a rat来形容我们怀疑某个人:我们觉得有些问题。

Li: So you think there is something wrong with this lottery?

莉:所以你认为这个彩票有问题吗?

Neil: Yes, I'm afraid so. Let's hear some examples of how to use 'smell a rat', today's expression in The English We Speak.

尼尔:对,恐怕是的。这就是今天地道英语节目要学的表达,我们来听一些例句,看看如何使用这个短语。

A: I read an article about a diet which makes you lose six kilos in one week. It says there is no need for exercise.

A:我刚看了一篇有关节食的文章,可以让你在一周内减掉6公斤。里面说没有必要锻炼。

B: Six kilos in one week?! That's impossible! I smell a rat!

B:一周内减掉6公斤?!那根本不可能!我很怀疑!

Jane smelt a rat when she read a job advert for actresses In the Newspaper. It said "no training or experience required", but they wanted someone "good-looking and open-minded".

简在报纸上看到一份招聘女演员的广告,她对此很怀疑。上面说“不需要培训或经验”,但是他们却想找“漂亮又开放的人”。

Li: Oh. No money for me then... but are you sure, Neil? Maybe this one is for real...?

莉:哦。那我就没有钱了……但是尼尔,你确定吗?也许这个是真的呢……?

Neil: No, it's not, Li. And you shouldn't send emails around with your bank details. It's very dangerous. Someone might steal your money!

尼尔:不是,莉,不是真的。你不应该把你的银行账户信息用邮件发过去。这太危险了。有人可能会偷走你的钱!

Li: Yes. I should be careful with my email.

莉:是啊。我发邮件应该更小心。

Neil: Think: have you ever entered the Australian lottery? Did you buy a ticket?

尼尔:你想想:你去过澳大利亚的彩票站吗?你买过彩票吗?

Li: No. I've never even been to Australia.

莉:没有,我从来没去过澳大利亚。

Neil: So how could you be the winner? It's a scam, Li. It's a dishonest way to make money by deceiving people like you.

尼尔:那你怎么可能中彩票呢?莉,这是个骗局。这是通过欺骗像你这样的人来赚钱的不正当手段。

Li: You are right, Neil. I wanted to win the lottery so much!

莉:尼尔,你是对的。我是太想中彩票了!

Neil: So let's go out and buy a proper lottery ticket. One we know is real!

尼尔:那我们去外面买张彩票吧。买张真的彩票!

Li: Maybe we will win.

莉:也许我们会中奖的。

Neil: Maybe we will! Let's go. Bye.

尼尔:也许会的!我们走吧。再见。

Li: Bye.

莉:再见。

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