Give Me a Dollar 给我一块钱
Son: Dad, give me a dime. Father: Son, don't you think you're getting too big to be forever begging for dimes? Son: I guess you're right, Dad. Give me a dollar, will you? 儿子:爸爸,给我一角钱。 父亲:儿子,你不认为你已经长大了,不该再老是一角一角地要钱了(该自立了),不是 吗? 儿子:爸爸,我想你是对的,那给我一块钱行吗?
What's Going to Be? 做什么? 做什么?
Neighbor: What's your daughter going to be when she graduates? Mother: An old lady! 邻居:你女儿大学毕业后要做什么? 母亲:老太婆。
I Hope So 我希望如此
Neighbor: Do you think your son will forget all he learned at college? Father: I hope so. He certainly can't make a living by kissing girls! 邻居:您认为您的儿子会把在大学里学的东西全忘光吗? 父亲:我希望这样--他当然不能以吻女孩子谋生吧!
Who's Afraid Now? 是谁害怕? 是谁害怕?
A neighbor told us about a trip he took with his two-and-a-half -year-old son. It was the first time the father and the boy had been away by themselves. The first night they spent in a hotel, the father moved his bed close to the boy's and when they were both tucked in, he turned out the light. After a few minutes, a little voice said, "It surely is dark, isn't it?" "Yes," said the father, "it's pretty dark, but everything is all right." There was silence for a few more minutes, and then a small hand reached over and took the father's hand, "I'll just hold your hand," said the little boy, "in case you get frightened." 一位邻居告诉我们,他曾带着两岁半的儿子旅行。这是父亲头一次带着儿子单独出门。 他们住在旅馆的第一个晚上,父亲将自己的床移近儿子的床。他们掖好被子后他就关了 灯。 几分钟之后, 一个细小的声音说: “屋子里真够黑的, 是不是?”“是的, ”父亲说, “屋 里是够黑的,但是一切都正常。”又过了一会儿,一只小手伸过来握住父亲的手。“我握 住你的手,”小男孩说,“免得你害怕。”
I'll Change My Name 我会改一个名字
At the age of 16, Edely decided to leave home and join a theater company. His father was appalled, "A son of mine on the stage? It's a disgrace!" he wailed. "What if the neighbors find out?" "I'll change my name," the comic-to-be volunteered. "
Change your name!" His father screamed. "What if you're a success? How will the neighbors know it's my son?" 埃迪十六岁了,他决定离开家去参加一个剧团。他的爸爸气坏了。 “让我的儿子上舞台 演戏?真丢脸!”他大叫道,“邻居们知道了怎么想?” “我会改一个名字。”这位未来的滑稽演员主动提出。 “改名字!”他爸爸喊叫着,“那如果你出了名怎么办?怎么让邻居们知道你就是我的儿 子呢?”
Thinking Back 回忆
We were gathered together, all ten of us, for our widowed mother's 80th birthday. The conversation was of early struggles, walking to work and saving up in clothing clubs, when my elder sister said, "Of course, we were bound to be poor because we were such a big family. Mom, why did you have so many children?" Mother looked around at us all and said, "Well, where did you want to me to stop?" 我们总共十个人,聚在一起祝贺已成为寡妇的妈妈的八十岁生日。谈的话题是我们家早 年的艰辛,走着去上班,在“新衣会”里存钱准备买衣裳。这时我姐姐说:“当然,我们 的生活没法子不艰难, 因为我们家孩子太多了。 妈妈, 您为什么要生这么多的孩子呢?” 妈妈看了我们一圈说:“那么,你想让我在哪儿停住呢?”
You Will Save Much More 你会省得更多
"You will be pleased with me today, mother," said Dick to his mother, coming home from school. "I saved on fares. I didn't go to school by bus, I ran all the way after it." "Well," said his mother laughing, "Next time you should run after a taxi, you will save much more." “妈妈,你今天一定会对我满意的,”迪克放学回家后对妈妈说,“我省下了车钱。我上 学时没乘公共汽车,而是跟着公共汽车一路跑到学校的。” “哦,”他妈妈笑着说,“下次你跟在出租汽车后面跑,那会省得更多。”
I'll Carry You Down 我会把您背下去
My 15-year-old son came bounding in from school and found me in bed. "Don't you feel well, Mom?" he asked with concern. "No, I don't," I said. "Well, don't you worry about dinner," he reassured me. "I'll carry you down to the stove." 我十五岁的儿子连跑带颠地跑回家里发现我躺在床上。“妈妈,您觉得不舒服吗?”他关 心地问。“是的,我有点不舒服,”我说。“那么,您别担心晚饭了。”他向我打保票说:“我 可以把你背到楼下的炉灶前去。”
Prize 奖品
Little Albert came home from school with a new book under his arm. "It's a prize, mother," he explained. "A prize? What for, dear?" "For natural history. Teacher asked me how many legs an ostrich has, and I said three." "But an ostrich has only two legs." "I know it now. But all the pupils said four, so I was the closest." 小阿尔伯特腋下夹着一本新书从学校回家来了。“这是奖品,妈妈。”他解释道。 “奖品?因为什么得的。亲爱的?” “因为自然课得的。老师问我鸵鸟有几条腿,我说有三条。” “但是鸵鸟是两条腿啊。” “我现在知道了。但其他学生都说有四条。所以还是我最接近正确答案。”
She Ate All My Bait 她把所有的诱饵都吃了
The young boy protested vigorously when his mother asked him to take his little sister along fishing. "The last time she came," he objected, "I didn't catch a single fish." "I'll talk to her," his mother said, "and I promise this time she won't make any noise." "It wasn't the noise, Mom," the boy replied, "She ate all my bait." 当妈妈提出让小男孩带着妹妹一起去钓鱼时,他坚决反对。“上次她跟着我,”他反对说, “我连一条鱼都没能钓上。” “我会告诉她,”妈妈说,“我保证这次她不再发出响声了。” “妈妈,不是响声,”男孩回答,“是她把所有的诱饵都吃了。”
Something I Didn't Do 我没做的事
Mother: What are you crying for? Tommy: Teacher kept me in for something I didn't do. Mother: Something you didn't do? What was it? Tommy: M-m-my lessons. 妈妈:你哭什么? 汤米:老师为了一件我没做的事把我留下了。 妈妈:一件你没做的事?什么事? 汤米:我……我的作业。 注:"for something I didn't do"的意思是:“为了不是我做的事 情”,但也表示“为了我没有做的事情。”
Settle Down and Settle Up 一字之差
When my brother, a notorious spender, came home for a visit, he told my father he was going
to get married and settle down. Dad said, "Why don't you stay single and settle up." 我的哥哥是个有名的挥霍者。他回家来时,告诉父亲说他要结婚了,要安定下来。父亲 说:“你为什么不实行独身主义,先把欠债还清呢?” 注:settle down 是“安定下来”,而 settle up 是“还清欠债”意思,二者虽只是 up 与 down 不同,但意思却完全不同。
A Thank-you Letter 感谢信 感谢信
"Are you writing a thank-you letter to Grandpa like I told you?" "Yes, Mum." "Your handwriting seems very large." "Well, Grandpa's deaf, so I'm writing very loud." “你是在按照我说的给爷爷写信感谢他吗?” “是的,妈妈。” “你的字好象写得太大了。” “嗯,爷爷的耳朵不好,所以我写得大声点儿。”
A School-report 学校成绩单 学校成绩单
The father was reading the school report which had just been handed to him by his hopeful son. His brow was wrathful as he read, "English, poor; French, weak; mathematics, fair;" and he gave a glance of disgust at the quaking lad. "Well, Dad." said the son, "It is not as good as it might be, but have you seen that?" And he pointed to the next line which read, "health, excellent." 父亲在看他那满怀希望的儿子带回来的学校成绩单。他边看边露出愤怒的表情: “英语,差;法语,差;数学,中。”他厌恶地瞥了在发抖的儿子一眼。 “爸爸,”儿子说,“可能成绩不够理想。但您看到那一项了吗?”他指了指下一行:“健康 状况,优。”
Is Ink So Expensive? 墨水很贵吗? 墨水很贵吗?
Son: Is ink so very expensive, father? Father: Why, son, what makes you think so? Son: W...well. Mother seems quite disturbed because I spilled some on the carpet. 儿子:爸爸,墨水很贵吗? 父亲:不贵呀,你为什么这么想? 儿子:哦,我把墨水洒了一点在地毯上,妈妈好象挺着急的。
It's Not My Fault 这不是我的过错
"Aren't you ashamed of yourself, Victor? You're the worst pupil in your class." Said the father. "What's that got to do with me? Is it my fault that the worst one was yesterday transferred to another school?" was the answer. “维克多,你是班里最差的学生。你不觉得害臊吗?”爸爸说。 “这能怨我吗?谁让昨天最差的一个转到另一所学校去了呢?”维克多回答。
The Result of Laziness 懒惰的结果
Mother: Why were you kept after school today, Johnny? Johnny: Teacher told us to write an essay on "The Result of Laziness", and I turned in a blank sheet of paper. 妈妈:约翰尼,你今天放学以后为什么被留下了? 约翰尼:老师叫我们写一篇题为“懒惰的结果”的作文,我交了一张白卷。
Clever Bobby 聪明的博比
Brown was very proud of his young son. Once he was talking to a visitor, telling the man how clever his son was. "The boy is only two years old," he said, "and knows all animals. He's going to be a great naturalist. Here, let me show you." He took a book of natural history from the bookshelf, placed Bobby on his knee, opened the book and showed him a picture of a giraffe. "What's that, Bobby?" " Horsey, " said Bobby. Next of a tiger was shown, and Bobby said, "Pussy." Then Brown showed Bobby a picture of lion, and Bobby said, "Doggy." And when a picture of a chimpanzee was shown, Bobby said, "Daddy!" 布朗非常欣赏他的小儿子。一次他和一位客人聊他的儿子有多聪明。 布朗说:“他只有 两岁,就认识所有的动物了。他长大一定会是一个出色的自然学家。来,我让你看看。” 他从书架上拿下一本自然书,把博比抱到膝上,打开书。指着一张长颈鹿的画片。 “博比,这是什么?” “马马,”博比回答。 他又指了一张老虎的画片,博比回答说:“猫 咪。” 然后布朗又指了一张狮子的画片,博比说:“狗狗。” 他又指了一张黑猩猩的画 片,博比说:“爸爸!” [注]horsey: 马(儿语) pussy:猫咪(儿语)
Stupid Orders 愚蠢的命令
When Nasreddin was a boy, he never did what he was told, so his father always told him to do the opposite of what he wanted him to do. One day, when the two were bringing sacks of flour home on their donkeys, they had to cross a shallow river. When they were in the middle of it, one of the sacks on Nasreddin's donkey began to slip, so his father said, "That sack is nearly in the water! Press down hard on it!" His father of course expected that he would do the opposite, but this time Nasreddin did what his father had told him to do. He pressed down on the sack and it went under water. Of course, the flour was lost. "What have you done, Nasreddin," his father shouted angrily. "Well, father," said Nasreddin. "This time I thought that I would do just what you told me to show you how stupid your orders always are." 当纳斯雷金还是个孩子时, 从来不按照别人所说的去做。 所以他爸爸想要他去做某事时, 常叫他做相反的事。 一天,父子俩用毛驴驮着几袋面粉往家走,路上必须经过一条不深的小河。父子俩走到 河中心时,纳斯雷金牵的那头毛驴上有一袋面粉开始往下滑了。他爸爸说:“那个袋子 快掉进水里了,使劲往下按!”他爸爸当然是希望他象以往一样,干和他所说的相反的 事。可这次纳斯雷金却按照他爸爸所说的去做了。他使劲一按,袋子沉进水里了。当然, 这袋面也没有了。 他爸爸愤怒地喊道:“你干的什么事!” 纳斯雷金说:“嗯,爸爸,这次我想按你所要求的去做,好证明你以往的命令是多么的 愚蠢。”
A Pledge 誓约
Grandpa was celebrating his 100th birthday, and everyone was complimenting him on how well he looked. "I'll tell you the secret," he said. "My wife and I were married seventy-five years ago. On our wedding night we made a pledge that whenever we had a fight, the one who was proved wrong would go out and take a walk. I have been in the open air continuously for the past seventy-five years. 爷爷过一百岁生日,大家都祝贺他,说他看上去很健康。 “我来告诉你们这里的秘密,”他说,“我和妻子结婚七十五年了。在新婚之夜我们订了 一个誓约,那就是无论我们什么时
 

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