Larry来找李华玩。今天我们要学两个常用语： the ball is in your court和happy hour.
LL: Hi Lihua, How's it going?
LL: Oh yeah? How's that going?
LL: That's great Li Hua, what did they say?
LL: Ah, it sounds like the ball is in your court now.
LL: No, Li Hua, the ball is in your court means that it's your responsibility now to call them back.
LH: 哦，原来你是这个意思，那倒没错，the ball is in my court. 不过我心里特紧张，又想要这份工作，又害怕打电话。
LL: Why is that Lihua?
LL: Well the important thing is to research the company before calling and remember what position you applied for.
LL: Well, the ball's in your court, so you can call them back when you feel comfortable. At least now they aren't catching you off guard.
LL: Well the boss just told me that a large client just dropped their old advertising agency, so they might go with us. Now the ball's in my court to come up with a good proposal and win them over.
LL: It sure is a good opportunity, but to be honest I'm pretty nervous about this. It's the first time I've gotten this much responsibility.
LL: Thanks Lihua.
LL: It's an ad for sneakers. Their sales have been down lately.
LL: Hello, Larry London speaking.
LH: Hi Larry!
LL: Oh hi Lihua, how's it going?
LL: You mean go to happy hour together?
LH: Happy? 跟你出去，我当然高兴了。
LL: Right, but happy hour means the hour after work when people often go out for a drink or some snacks.Usually the bar or restaurant will have some sort of discount.
LH: 哦，原来happy hour是说同事下班后一起去酒吧喝酒，而且酒吧为了促销，这段时间酒水往往比一般价格便宜。我以前好象听过这种说法。
LL: Yes, it is a pretty common phrase.
LH: 那你到底要不要跟我一起去happy hour呢？
LL: Sounds good to me.
LH: 我们去哪儿Happy hour?
LL: Wherever you want is fine with me.
LH: 我去找你怎么样？你公司附近有什么可以去happy hour的酒吧吗？
LL: There are a few places that have a happy hour, and that would be very convenient for me.
LL: Well I get out of work at five. We can go to the place across the street where they have a happy hour. Does that sound alright to you?
LL: Excellent. I will see you for happy hour.
LL: Important news? What sort of news?
LH: 天机不可泄露。You will just have to wait until we meet at the happy hour.
LL: Oh come on, you can't call me up and tell me you have news and then leave me hanging all afternoon. We're not meeting for a happy hour until 5:00, that's a long time from now.
LL: It's cruel! What about the topic at least?
LL: You and ....?
LL: Ok, that's fine. I'll see you for happy hour at five?
LH: See you then!
今天李华学了两个常用语。一个是the ball is in your court意思是现在该你采取行动了。另一个是happy hour意思是酒吧傍晚前后的减价时段，同事朋友可以一起去喝东西。