Larry和李华一起去逛街，给Larry的朋友Tom买生日礼物。今天我们要学两个常用语： right on the money和crapshoot
LH: Larry, Tom平时有什么爱好啊？
L: Tom really enjoys sports, especially skiing. But he also loves video games too.
LH: 他喜欢滑雪和电子游戏？现在天气这么热，没法带他去滑雪...对了！ 我们给他买一个滑雪的电子游戏，这样他在家里就能滑了!
L: You want to buy him a skiing video game? I think you're right on the money. Great idea!
LH: Right on the money? 什么意思？你让我付钱买礼物么？
L: Actually, when you say that something is right on the money, that means it is exactly right.
LH: 哦，right on the money就是“完全正确”的意思。你是说，我提出给Tom买滑雪游戏是个特别好的主意，对不对？
L: Exactly. Here is another example. When Erica went to visit Karen she wasn't sure which apartment number was hers. Luckily her guess was right on the money.
LH: 我明白了。Erica不肯定Karen家的门牌号码，可是她一猜就猜中了，这就叫right on the money.
L: Exactly! You're right on the money.
L: Yup, you're right on the money. There is a big electronics store there.
L: There is a metro station nearby, so I think that will be the most convenient way.
L: Yup, you're right on the money again. It's the green line.
L: Larry, 这种滑雪游戏好像是新上市的，会不会很贵啊？得50块钱吧？
LH: Wow Lihua, good guess! You're right on the money. The most popular skiing video game is $49.99.
L: 哈！我今天怎么猜什么都那么准啊! 那我再猜猜，你买这个游戏给Tom, 其实是想和他一起玩儿吧？
LH: Actually, Lihua, you're right on the money!
LH: Larry， 这里至少有10种滑雪游戏！咱们买哪个啊？
L: Hmmm ... I don't know. Maybe we could ask a store employee to recommend one.
LH: 找店员问？他肯定给你推荐最贵的， 而且还不一定好！
L: I guess you're right. Since we don't have any idea which games are good, it's really just a crapshoot.
LH: A crapshoot? 什么意思？
L: A crapshoot is something that depends totally on luck.
L: Exactly. For example, becoming a movie star is extremely competitive. Even if you're a good actor, it's still mostly a crapshoot.
L: You got it.
L: Maybe, but there isn't any way to know which store would be cheaper. It would really be just a crapshoot.
L: Hmm ... I have no idea.
L: Well, we will just have to guess. It will be a crapshoot, but he can always exchange it later.
L: Well, it's not a total crapshoot. We know he likes skiing and video games, so it's likely he will like this gift.
LH: 我说 Larry, 你对Tom的生日礼物可真上心啊! 我猜，等到给我买生日礼物的时候，你一定会花更多的心思！
L: Of course, Lihua. You're right on the money!
今天李华学了两个常用语。一个是right on the money表示完全正确。另一是crapshoot, 意思是全凭运气的事。