李华和Larry一起去骑马。李华今天要学两个常用语，mean streak和soft spot.
LL: If this is your first time riding a horse, Li Hua, I think you shouldn't ride that black one over there. That horse looks like he's got a mean streak.
LH: A mean streak? 你说那匹黑马吗？如果我没理解错， mean streak就是mean, 坏脾气的意思吧。
LL: That's exactly what I am saying, Li Hua. A mean streak is the potential for meanness.
LL: A horse with a mean streak might refuse to let a rider get on - or even worse might try to throw a rider off their back.
LH: 我在电影里看过，有的马性情暴躁，会把骑手从马背上摔下来，看来真得小心。那匹灰色的小马看着挺随和的。那我就骑它吧。It can't possibly have a mean streak.
LL: You know, Li Hua, it isn't only horses that can have mean streaks. People can, too.
LH: Mean streak也能用在人身上？
LL: Do you remember the super model Naomi Campbell? She was in the news for throwing her cell phone at her housekeeper.
LL: That super model reminds me of a famous basketball coach in the U.S. who also had a mean streak.
LL: The former coach of the Indiana University basketball team Bobby Knight was famous for his mean streak.
LL: There was one time he got so mad, Li Hua, he threw a chair out on the basketball court during a game!
LH: 他竟然在比赛的时候把椅子扔到赛场上？太暴躁了！Boy, that coach really did have a mean streak.
LL: Well, it is time to get on our horses, Li Hua. You can take the nice gray horse, and I'll try the black one with the mean streak.
LL: Don't worry, Li Hua. I'll show that horse who is boss! I have a mean streak, too!
LL: So, now that we have been riding for a while, Li Hua, I don't think this black horse is so bad. I am actually developing a soft spot for him.
LH: A soft spot? 什么是soft spot啊？
LL: A soft spot is a feeling of tenderness or affection for a person or thing.
LL: I know it may seem funny, but, yes, even though this horse tried to bite me and throw me off his back, I do have a soft spot for him.
LL: Well, ever since I showed him I was in control, he's been very good. And he's a handsome horse, too. It's hard to explain, but sometimes you end up having a soft spot for a thing or a person that isn't perfect.
LL: So, why do you have a soft spot for this particular student, Li Hua?
LL: This person doesn't sound like the kind of person I'd have a soft spot for if I were a teacher, Li Hua.
LL: You are such a dedicated teacher, Li Hua. I know there are students who have a soft spot for you.
LL: Oh, I don't believe that. Say, why don't we ride back to the ranch now, Li Hua. I'm getting a little thirsty and could use a drink.
LL: It looks like your horse is hungry, Li Hua. He apparently has a soft spot for that clump of flowers!
今天李华学到了两个常用语。一个是mean streak, 指坏脾气。另一个是soft spot, 指为什么事情动心。