2011-11-4 17:42:23 版主
1. A big family.
Terry: So Chris, I’ve heard that you’re from a big family. How many people?
Chris: Nine total. Seven children and my parents.
Terry: Seven children? That’s a lot. Why did your parents have so many?
Chris: Well, my mother came from a big family, and wanted to have one of her own. My father was an only child, and didn’t really care about having a large family, but my mother talked him into it.
Terry: Jeez, seven children. That must have a lot of problems. We have four children in my family and my grandparents can never get our names right.
Chris: It can be hard, and there are certain sacrifices1 you have to make.
Terry: Like what? I assume that there’s no privacy.
Chris: That’s one. Another is the lack of personal property2. Everything you have, from toys to clothes, is used by your brothers and sisters. Especially clothes. Three quarters of my wardrobe3 are hand-me-downs.
Terry: And the age gap4 is also annoying. There’s a ten-year difference between my younger brother and me. We have nothing in common.
Chris: Same problem here. There’s an 18-year gap between the oldest and youngest child in my family. The last child was born just as the oldest was going to college.
Terry: Well, at least going to college won’t be too bad. Since both of your parents are college professors, they must give you reduced tuition5 at the college.
Chris: They do, but it doesn’t help too much. Having seven children means that the money situation in my home is always pretty tight.
2. A troublemaker.
Mrs. Brown: I just got a call from Mrs. Fitzgerald. See what your Willie has just done.
Mr. Brown: My Willie? Why has he suddenly become my Willie?
Mrs. Brown: Because he takes after6 you, he’s got into trouble7 again.
Mr. Brown: What did he do this time? I remember last time he was painting her fence to repay her for breaking it, and he accidentally8 painted her cat.
Mrs. Brown: That was last time. This time it’s worse.
Mr. Brown: Ok, tell me.
Mrs. Brown: Well, he was playing baseball with some friends…
Mr. Brown: And the ball went through her window? That’s not as bad as last time.
Mrs. Brown: True, but that’s not all. The ball went through the window and hit the vase she has in her front window……
Mr. Brown: Ok, that’s probably expensive, but not that bad.
Mrs. Brown: And then, ricocheted9 off her fish bowl. Mrs. Fitzgerald at the last minute10 dived and saved her fish.
Mr. Brown: At least the fish were saved. If that’s the end of the damages, then everything isn’t that bad.
Mrs. Brown: Stop interrupting me. Finally, the ball flew through the air and knocked out11 Willie’s school principal12, who was having a cup of coffee with Mrs. Fitzgerald.
Mr. Brown: Hmm, that is bad.