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Michael 和李华都在纽约上大学,最近他们结束了期中考试,今天准 备坐火车去
华盛顿参观访问。现在Michael 正在火车站等李华。今天 他们在谈话中会用到两
个常用语:drained 和wired.

L:嘿,Michael。这火车站好大,总算找到你了。
M:The trainjust aboutleave. Good thing you got heretime.
L:我当然会准时到,我什么时候迟到过?嗨,火车就要开啦?要多少时间才能
到华盛顿呐?
M:Only about four hours. I'm probably goingsleep the entire way.
L:(train leaving station, announcerbackground) 你想在火车上睡觉?不行,你睡
觉我跟谁说话呐?
M:Li Hua, you are fullenergy. But I'm drained, I'm goingsleep.
L:我是精力充沛。可你说你是什么?Drained?
M:Yeah. Drained,means exhausted.
L:Drained 就是累的意思。那drained 这个词还能用在其他什么场合呢?
M:The word can be used two ways. To be physically drained and emotionally drained.
For example, if a couple fight all the time, they would be emotionally tired, which you
can also call drained.
L:噢,drained 可以指体力很累,也可以指一个人在情绪上压力很大。要是一对
夫妇老是吵架,那肯定情绪很不好。你是这个意思吧?
M:Yeah, you understand. You don't even seem drained after the mid-terms.
L:考试倒没让我觉得累,可是,两天前我跟我哥哥为了他的女朋友吵了一架。
他那女朋友很任性,还老想管别人,真讨厌。跟我哥哥吵完后,我真是感到很累。
M:Yeah, you were emotionally drained. Well, if you don't want mesleepthe train,
we'd better go get more coffee. Let's gothe Cafe Car.
L: 那好呀,走,去食品车厢买咖啡!
M:This coffeegoingkeep me awake the entire trip.
L:这杯咖啡就能让你一路上不困啦?我可不行,到华盛顿之前,我至少还要喝
两杯。
M:Geez, Li Hua,don't thinkwill be nearly as wired as you are.
L:Wired?我猜这是说我精力旺盛,是不是?
M:You are right. This word has a couplemeanings. One meansbe energetic and
the other meanshave nervous energy.
L:这么说,wired 可以指对某件事很兴奋,也可以说对某件事感到紧张而努 力
去做。要是我精力充沛,可以说:I am wired; 要是在大考前我感到很紧张而抓紧
时间复习功课,也可以说:I'm wired。是这个意思吗?
M:Yeah, that's right. Buthas one other meaning as well. Wired meansbe
connectedsomething, such as being wired into the Internet, or being wired into a
discussion.
L:噢,跟什么东西联系在一起也可以说是wired,例如和因特网连接。你最后说
的 wired into a discussion 我不太懂,那是什么意思啊?
M:You have been participatingthe meetingsmake decisions about our college,
right?
L:对啊!我是参加一些会议,讨论有关学校的某些决定。
M:Ok, your participationthe college's meetings and being involvedthose
decisions means you are wired into the discussion.
L:噢,我参加这些会议,参预决策的讨论,这就可以说:I'm wired into the discussion.
M:Yep. After all this coffeehave had,don't feel so drained. In fact, after the next
cup,think I'm goingbe pretty wired.
L:喝了咖啡你就不感到那么累了。再喝一杯,你就精神百倍了。那好,我 再去
给你买一杯,要不要?
M:Thanks so much, Li Hua!

今天Michael 和李华在谈话中用了两个意思相对的词,一个是drained,意思是非
常累;另一个是wired,意思是精力充沛. 这次[流行美语]就到此结束,下次节目
再见。


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