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BBC地道英语-Penny Pinching 小气,不愿花钱

 

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Helen: ThisReal English from BBC Learning English. I’m Helen.

Zoe: 你好! 欢迎收听今天地道英语. 我刘佳.

Helen: Today we’re goinglook at wordsphrases that have recently become partthe English language.

Zoe: 地道英语带大家起学习原汁原味英式英语, 及时带大家更新英语中流行词汇,还习惯表达.

Helen: The English languageconstantly changing, with new wordsexpressions entering alltime. You needkeep update with real English.

Zoe: Helen, 今天要学新词什么呢?

Helen: Today’s new expression‘penny-pinching’. That’s penny – P.E.N.N.Y.pinching – P.I.N.C.H.I.N.G. Penny-pinching.

Zoe: Penny-pinching, 便士和pinching,紧 压, 起说什么意思呢?

Helen: Well, listen carefully. If you say someonepenny-pinching, you mean that they don’t wantspend moneythings.

Zoe: 哦,原来这样啊. Penny pinching意思啊,就人特别小气,愿意花钱.

Helen: That’s right. Remember it’snegative thingsay about someone, so be careful how you use it. 过要记住, 这可贬义词, 我们用时候可得多加小心.

Zoe: 那Helen, 能给我们举例子吗?

Helen: Of course. If your friend didn’t wantgoa restaurant with you. 如果你朋友愿意和你起出去吃饭, 你就可以对他说‘don’t be so penny-pinching!won’t cost that much!’ 别那么小气,这花多少钱!

Zoe: 所以它贬义词.

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A: $30? I’m not paying that forpairshoes!

B: Don’t be penny-pinching! It’sreally good price.

 

 

A: Why areschools so bad these days?

B: Well,government hasreally penny-pinching approacheducationwon’t give schools any money.

Zoe: Are you penny-pinching, Helen?

Helen: Oh, no ,don’t think so. I’mopposite,fact.always spend too much money.

Zoe: Really?don’t.

Helen: Yes. Look at your shoes. You needbuy some new ones.

Zoe: No – these will doanother 6 months at least.

Helen: See? You’re being penny-pinching!

Zoe: Am I?

Helen: Yes, You really need some new shoes. Those ones you are wearing must be 0 years old.

Zoe: Well maybe I’ll think about it.

Helen: Anyway, let’s recap – penny-pinching –

 

Zoe:形容愿意花钱, 特别小气. Well,looks like we needbe finishing there.

Helen: Yes, that’s all we have time for. You’ve been listeningReal English from BBC Learning English. Join us again soonmore up-to-the-minute Real English. Bye.

Zoe: See you next time.


 

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