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      每日流行美語--on the edge of your seat & down to the wire

      上海外教網:李華和Larry在看世界杯足球賽,美國隊和阿爾及利亞隊。我們要學兩個常用語:on the edge of your seat和down to the wire.

      LH: Larry,今天這場比賽可很重要!美國要是贏了,就進16強,要是輸了就得回家了。

      L: I know! Who do you think will win? The U.S. or Algeria?

      LH: 這可說不好。

      L: I agree, it's hard to predict who will win. All I know is that I'm going to be on the edge of my seat the whole game.

      LH: 什么?你要坐在椅子邊兒上看比賽?這樣坐著你一會兒就得累。

      L: Actually, when you are really excited or nervous about something, you can say that you are on the edge of your seat.

      LH: 哦,on the edge of your seat不是真的坐在椅子的邊兒上,而是形容緊張的樣子。你是說,這場比賽讓你感到特別緊張、興奮,簡直坐也不是站也不是。

      L: Right! Or for another example, my friend Eddie loved the new Jack Nicholson suspense movie. He said it kept him on the edge of his seat for two hours.

      LH: 對!懸疑電影總是讓人的心提在嗓子眼,緊張得不行!哎,Larry, 你不是說你在網上買了一件美國隊的球衣么?寄來了沒有?

      L: I've been waiting on the edge of my seat all week for it to come, but it hasn't arrived yet. I hope it didn't get lost in the mail.

      LH: 別急,沒準今天球衣就到了。你看別的世界杯比賽了嗎?

      L: Yeah a few, but for me, none can keep me on the edge of my seat like a U.S. match does.

      LH: 這倒是!不過,足球比賽太緊張了!要不我們還是看“美國偶像”吧,輕松一下。

      L: No way! I'm always sitting on the edge of my seat whenever they announce the winner of American Idol.

      LH: 你怎么看什么都這么激動!對了,我還真沒看出來,你也是美國偶像的粉絲??!

      L: Well you never know when you might learn something surprising about me, Lihua.

      LH: 哈哈,那以后和你說話時我該緊張了,I'll be on the edge of my seat when I talk to you!

      美式英語培訓:美國對阿爾及利亞的比賽結束了,Larry和李華在談論這場比賽。

      LH: 真夠懸的!雙方一直是0比0,我還以為美國隊要被淘汰了呢!誰知美國隊居然在最后三分種里進了個球,這下就挺進16強啦!

      L: I know! That was so amazing! If I watch a few more games like that, I'm going to have a heart attack!

      LH: 心臟???不至于吧!不過,這場比賽最后幾分鐘確實挺刺激的。

      L: You're right. That game really came down to the wire.

      LH: Down to the wire? 這是什么意思?

      L: When something comes down to the wire, that means there isn't much time left.

      LH: 哦,down to the wire就是指到了最后關頭。 你是說這場比賽在快結束的時候居然難分勝負。

      L: Right. Here's another example. My big report for work is due tomorrow and I still have a lot of work to do, so it's really coming down to the wire today.

      LH: 你是說,明天有報告要交,可你還沒怎么寫呢,所以今天是你完成報告的最后關頭了!哎?既然要寫報告,干嘛還看世界杯?

      L: I'll just say that I know what's important in life. Say, how is your summer job search going?

      LH: 還在找呢。我已經快沒錢了,如果再找不到工作,我連房租也交不出來了。

      L: Gosh, it sounds like it's really coming down to the wire. Have you had any success?

      LH: 倒是有一份工作,我已經進入最后一輪面試了,公司說今天下午打電話通知我結果。

      L: Wow, it sounds like it's coming down to the wire. You must really be on the edge of your seat.

      LH: 是啊,已經快5點了,還沒來電話,我都要急死了!

      今天李華學了兩個常用語。一個是on the edge of your seat, 表示緊張興奮。另一是down to the wire, 意思是到最后關頭。

      原文鏈接:http://bbs.acadsoc.com.cn/thread-12048-1-1.html

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