277 quals; in the bag

        李华在图书馆里埋头读书,为下个月的博士资格考试做准备。她今天要学两个常用语,quals和in the bag.

        LL: So, Li Hua, how is the studying for your quals going? I can hardly see you behind those stacks of books.

        LH: My qual? 你是说我的资格考试吗?

        LL: That's right - Quals is short for qualifying examinations.

        LH: 还可以吧,不过马上就要考试了,我特别紧张。

        LL: Oh? When exactly are your quals, Li Hua?

        LH: 下个月!我只有不到一个月的准备时间了。

        LL: One month is still quite a bit of time, Li Hua. What do you have left to do to get ready for your quals?

        LH: 让我想想....我还有好几本书要读,而且还要做一些模拟试题。

        LL: I know you'll study hard, Li Hua, and you will have no trouble passing your quals.

        LH: 谢谢你,Larry。我现在特别需要鼓励。

        LL: Say, Li Hua, you know, doctoral students aren't the only people who have quals.

        LH: 什么,不光是博士生要通过资格考试,难道还有其他人吗?

        LL: Athletes have quals, too. For example, if an athlete wants to be part of the Olympic team, he has to make the quals.

        LH: 哦,你是说运动员啊。他们那叫资格选拔赛,比如说要想代表美国去参加奥运会,就要先过选拔赛这一关。

        LL: You are right. The quals that athletes participate in are generally qualifying races or qualifying rounds of sporting events.

        LH: 你知道吗,最近中国队在世界杯预选赛中输给了伊拉克。

        LL: That's too bad. I didn't know China had lost. Who made it through the quals?

        LH: 我知道入围的队有沙特阿拉伯-、伊朗、日本和韩国。

        LL: See, you just have to work hard like these winning athletes, Li Hua, and you'll have no problem with your quals.

        LH: 好在我的资格考试在教室里就能完成了,我不用去跑马拉松。


        LL: You really shouldn't worry about the quals, Li Hua. I tell you, you have it in the bag, Li Hua.

        LH: Hmmm....我皮包里只有钱夹、钥匙、墨镜、手机,怎么会有资格考试呢?

        LL: Ha, ha. I didn't mean you *really* had the qualifying exam in your bag, Li Hua. To have something "in the bag" means that you are guaranteed of success.

        LH: 我懂了,你说I have the quals "in the bag" 意思就是说没问题,我肯定能通过。

        LL: That's right, Li Hua. You always study so hard. I know you've got it in the bag.

        LH: 你真够朋友!不过,我对这次考试可没有百分之百的把握。可不是所有人都能考过的。

        LL: Don't think that way, Li Hua! You are going to do great!

        LH: 可是你看看中国足球队。他们原以为稳操胜券,结果却败在了伊拉克队的手下。

        LL: Well, it is sometimes true that people *think* they have something in the bag and it doesn't quite turn out the way they thought it would.

        LH: 就是说啊。所以,我绝对不能掉以轻心。

        LL: But I don't think that is the case with you, Li Hua. Say...I've got some news I've been meaning to share with you.

        LH: 有什么好消息吗?你是不是升职了? is your promotion in the bag?

        LL: You know, Li Hua, I think it is in the bag. My boss called me into the office and told me I was first in line for a promotion and that he was very pleased with my work.

        LH: 恭喜你!Larry, 看起来你又要请客了。

        LL: Thanks, Li Hua. I tell you what, after I find out my promotion is in the bag - and you find out your quals are in the bag, let's go out for a big celebration!

        LH: 好,一言为定。

        今天李华学到了两个常用语。一个是quals, 是资格考试,或是资格选拔赛的意思。另一个是in the bag,,意思是有百分之百的把握。

            Larry陪李华一起找公寓。李华今天要学两个常用语,Up for grabs和psyched.

            LL: Wow! Check out the price for this place...

            LH: 很便宜吗?多少钱?

            LL: Wait...what's your budget? I forgot - $2000 per month? Hahaha! How much you should be able to afford after getting that new job!

            LH: 两千块的房子我可住不起。我的标准是,房租不能超过一千美金!

            LL: Well...it's $1200 per month. I guess I'll keep looking...oh - hey - this one looks tempting - "one bedroom in group house for $675 up for grabs.

            LH: 跟别人合租,675美元一个月,价钱倒是满便宜的,可是 Larry, 广告上说的up for grabs是什么意思啊?

            LL: "Up for grabs" is a casual, informal way of saying that something is available - but you have to compete for it!

            LH: 啊?还要跟别人争啊,是不是看谁出价高呢?

            LL: In this case, it means that the room is available to the first suitable person who is willing to take the room and pay for it.

            LH: 哦,那咱们下手为强。太好了,我们现在正好有时间。快打电话给他们。

            LL: (Calling) Hello? Hi there. Is your room still available? Ok, if it's still up for grabs, we'll be there in half an hour.

            LH: 太好了,Larry, 你看。那一带还有好几处价格比较合适的房子,咱们正好一块看了。


            LH: Larry, 你觉得这个公寓怎么样?

            LL: Well, I can understand why it's still up for grabs...the bedroom is small, the house smells of cigarette smoke, and the housemates seems strange!

            LH: 就是,怪不得没人愿意租,不仅地方小,屋里都是烟味,而且那两个室友也都怪怪的。我们还是去看下一家吧,就在街对面。

            LH: WOW! 这里简直太棒了,而且还配家具,价钱只稍微贵一点。Excuse me, is this room still up for grabs? It is? Fantastic! I'll take it!

            LL: You should see the expression on your face, Lihua! You seem totally psyched!

            LH: 简直难以相信!哎,Larry,我刚才是不是特不正常?

            LL: Well - 'psyched' in this situation means that you are really excited because you're happy.

            LH: 能找到这么好的房子,我当然高兴了。I am totally psyched! 这个周末就搬家。

            LL: I'm glad that you're psyched. I was worried that you wouldn't find a new place for a reasonable price that is close to your new office.

            LH: 现在想想,搬家又要打包,高兴劲儿一下少了一半。不过有些家具我不打算要了。Any extra furniture I leave behind is up for grabs.

            LL: I'd be psyched if you left behind that new leather couch you got for Christmas last year. I'll take that one off your hands!

            LH: 原来你在惦记我去年圣诞节买的新沙发。我还想让你帮我搬过来呢!哈哈!

            LL: Well, it was worth a try! You've got so much to be psyched about, Lihua - you've got your new, cool job, a new place, and the best friend in the world to help you move your stuff!

            LH: 还真是,好事都让我赶上了。

            LL: I'm psyched for you.

            LH: 那我们得庆祝庆祝。Now. What is something Larry would get psyched for...ah yes, - a free dinner! 晚上我请客。

            LL: Larry certainly would be psyched about that! In fact, he's so psyched that he can't wait! This apartment hunting makes me really hungry.

            LH: (Laughing) 别说,我肚子也开始叫了。那你想吃什么?

            LL: I'd be the most psyched for some Burger King! Their new triple cheeseburger sounds delicious! What do you think?

            LH: 汉堡王?太不健康了。这样好了,我点一份中餐,带到汉堡王去陪你一起吃。

            今天李华学到了两个常用语。一个是 Up for grabs, 可以得到的,待价而沽的。另一个是 Psyched, 指特别高兴。

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