英语常用口语16 – three strikes and you are out

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再来介绍一个和棒球运动相关的常用口语:three strikes and you are out。这个短语的意思是你只有三次机会,之后你就玩完了。在棒球比赛中,击球手没有击中球的情况叫”strike”,每个击球手最多有三次击打不中的机会,如果第三次击打都不中的话,击球手就被淘汰出局,换下一个击球手上场。

在日常生活中的应用例子,譬如有些网站给用户三次机会输入正确的用户名和密码,这种情形就可以用three strikes and you are out这个短语来描述。

引申短语:two strikes against someone。因为three strikes and you are out,所以当你已经有two strikes,那么就意味着你只剩下一次机会了,或者剩下的机会很小了,所以这个短语的意思通常指处于一种很不利的情况之下。

造句:

1. The policy for missing homework is three strikes and you are out. (家庭作业的政策是缺交三次你就玩完了。)

2. I can’t win. I’ve got two strikes against me before I start. (我无法赢。在我开始之前情况就已经很不利了。)


英语常用口语15 – throw someone a curve

目前是美国棒球季节,全国棒球大联盟(Major Leagure Baseball)比赛正进行得如火如荼,借此机会介绍一个和棒球相关的常用短语。

To throw a curve / To throw someone a curve (curveball)

  1. To pitch a curveball to someone in baseball
  2. To confuse someone by doing something tricky or unexpected, to surprise someone with something that is difficult or unpleasant to deal with

在棒球比赛中,throw a curve的意思是投球手投出一个弧线球(curveball)。弧线球对于击球手来说是个噩梦,因为弧线球很难打,容易将击球手淘汰出局。这个短语在棒球运动之外的意思通常指突如其来,意料之外的事情发生在某人身上,或者是用意料之外的事情让某人措手不及,无法应对。

造句:

1. The pitcher threw John a curve, and John swung wildly against thin air. (投球手向约翰投出一个弧线球,约翰拼命一挥但是落空了。)

2. If we put our trust in Jesus Christ, then we can still have peace and joy even when life throws us a curveball. (若是我们把信心建立在耶稣基督里,那么即使当生命中有突如其来之事发生时,我们仍能有平安和喜乐。)

LifeThrowsCurveballs


油条

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网上看到一个做油条的食谱,先记下来,有机会试试看。

面粉:250克
Baking Powder:5克
Baking Soda:5克
盐:2克
食用油:2汤匙
温水:110克
鸡蛋:1颗

将所有的料混合搅拌均匀,揉成面团,用保鲜膜包好,醒6个小时。

然后将面团压扁切条,将每两条叠在一起,用筷子在中间压一下。在200度下,入油锅炸至金黄即可。

出处:http://www.backchina.com/blog/321419/article-223933.html


英语常用口语14 – low-hanging fruit

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low-hanging fruit(s): 1. things such as goals, targets that can be easily achieved. 2. people who can be easily persuaded, talked into, tricked, or fooled to do or buy things.

这个短语从字面上来看,意思是指那些挂在树上很低的果子,最容易被摘取。有了这个背景知识,就比较容易记住这个短语的常用意思。这个短语的第一个意思是这那些很容易达到的目标或很容易做到的事情。第二种意思是第一种的引申,是指那些很容易被说服或被蒙蔽而去做某事或买某样东西的那些人。

造句:

1). In order for us to succeed in the short term, we need to first go after the low-hanging fruit. (为了让公司在短期内有成效,我们首先要实现那些容易达到的目标。)

2). As a personal financial adviser, when looking for clients you should always start with the low-hanging fruits, then move on to those who are harder to be persuaded. (作为个人理财顾问,当你寻找客户时,应该总是从那些容易被说服的人开始着手,然后再去说服那些比较难说服的人。)


英语常用口语13 – the rubber meets the road

(where/when) the rubber meets the road:

1. at the point in a process where there are challenges, issues, or problems.

2. when something is about to begin, get serious, or be put to test.

解释:

这个短语通常和where, when合用,意思是:

1. 当实际问题或挑战出现的时候

2. 当某件事要付诸于行动的时候

造句:

1. We need to try our best to help our customers when the rubber meets the road for them.

2. The plan sounds great, but we cannot be sure if it works unless when the rubber meets the road.