Larry跟李华约好，下班后一起在餐馆吃饭，李华先到了一步。今天我们要学两个常用语：have a full plate和to kill time.
LH: (远远地) Hey, Larry! 我在这儿呢！
LL: Hi Lihua. Phew! It's so good to finally sit down and relax.
LL: I'm just a bit tired...I've got quite a full plate at work right now; it's been a very stressful couple of weeks.
LH: A full plate? 什么？你在办公室已经吃了满满一盘子饭菜？不是说好跟我一起吃饭的吗？
LL: Oh, I don't mean a real plate of food, Li Hua, it's just a figure of speech. Saying you have a full plate at work means that you are very busy, it doesn't actually have anything to do with food.
LH: 哦，我明白了，说自己have a full plate意思就是在有限的时间里有许许多多的事情要做。
LL: That's right. That's exactly how I would describe my situation at the office right now.
LH: 那我期末考试前没日没夜地复习功课，也可以说I had a full plate？
LL: Yea, that would be a perfect example. Everyone feels like they have a lot on their plate when finals come around. Or, last fall when my friend Steve was working two part-time jobs while going to school - I could say he really had a full plate back then.
LH: 好，我明白了，说了这么半天a full plate, 我肚子已经咕咕叫了。服务员来了，你想好点什么了吗？
LL: You bet I am! I've had such a full plate at work, I didn't even have time to eat lunch today!
LL: (Sounding satisfied) Ah! That was a superb bacon-cheeseburger. Now if only I didn't have to worry about going back to work tomorrow morning....
LL: Lihua, You don't know how lazy I can be. Killing time is one of the things I do best...
LH: Killing time? 什么是kill time?
LL: Killing time is just another way of saying "wasting time." Of course I wouldn't actually kill anything!
LH: 哦，killing time就是中文里说的打发时间。
LL: That's right. And I am an expert at killing time.
LL: Very funny...So I like to kill time with my Playstation on the weekends, there's nothing wrong with that. And besides, I'm not the only one who knows how to kill time...I always see you playing those online games with your friends.
LH: 这倒是真的，上网玩游戏确实是消磨时间的好办法，可以让我放松。Well, I guess I am good at killing time too.
LL: Now if I didn't have such a full plate at work, we could have more time to kill together.
LL: Well...I think I'd rather go shoe shopping before staring at the walls in some library...
LH: Shoe shopping? 对啊，好主意，我们去逛鞋店。
LL: Uhh...Let's just say I'd much rather kill some time at home rather than spending a few hours at the library or the shoe store.
LL: (Reluctantly) OK,,,Can I at least listen to my mp3 player while you try on the shoes. Listening to music is a very relaxing way to kill time.
今天李华学了两个常用语。一个是have a full plate, 意思是在有限的时间里有好多事情要做。另一个是to kill time, 意思是打发时间，消磨时光。