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Test the water 试探,摸底

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Neil 特别兴奋地告诉Li 他的网页greatmindsshakehands.com 即将完成设计,推出前需要“test the water”。怎么Neil的网页还需要水呢?原来这个短语另有说道!

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Li:大家好。欢迎收听BBC英语(精品课)教学节目《地道英语》。今天我的搭档是Neil.

Neil:Hello everyone.

Li:Neil, you're looking very happy today, what are you up to?

Neil:I'm quite excited about my website: greatmindsshakehands.com. I've been designing it for months and it's nearly completed.

Li:真的?我不知道你还会设计网页呢。Wow, I like the sound of it. I didn't know you could design websites, Neil.

Neil:Well, it's for fun really. My website will be a public site where people can share ideas, you know like-minded people. I want to launch1 it next week but first I must test the water.

Li:Test the water? 你要测试水?难道你的网页还需要水吗? Does your website depend on water? I'm very confused!

Neil:No Li, to test the water means to test the idea, try it out and see if it works2.

Li:Oh I see. 'Test the water' 就是探测,摸底,看看别人有什么反应。

Neil:That's right. 'Test the water' is the phrase for Authentic3 Real English today. Let's hear some examples of how people use it.

Examples

Woman A: Have you started on your new book?

Woman B: Yes, I've written three chapters and I've sent it to the publishers to test the water.

Woman A: Oh, what perfume4 are you wearing? It's lovely.

Woman B: Oh thanks. It's just a sample a company sent me.They're testing the water to see if people like it.

Woman A: How is your Shakespeare project going?

Woman B: It's early days; we're still testing the water.

Woman A: Well, good luck with it.

Woman B: Thanks.

Li:So Neil, how much testing have you done, have you got good feedback5? 摸底的结果如何?

Neil:Well, my wife loves it, but most other people say they don't understand how to use it.

Li:It sounds like it's not user-friendly.

Neil:You're right. I think, I need to make a few changes and then I'll test the water again.

Li:如果需要我也可以充当你的摸底对象哦。I'm happy to be your guinea pig when you're ready.

Neil:A 'guinea pig', I think that's an expression for another programme. For now, it's goodbye from both of us.

Li:Goodbye.

Neil:Goodbye.


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1 launch b29xY     
vt.发动,推出;发射;n.发射,下水,投产
参考例句:
  • The makers are about to launch out a new product.制造商们马上要生产一种新产品。
  • Would it be wise to launch into this rough sea?在这样汹涌的大海中游泳明智吗?
2 works ieuzIh     
n.作品,著作;工厂,活动部件,机件
参考例句:
  • We expect writers to produce more and better works.我们期望作家们写出更多更好的作品。
  • The novel is regarded as one of the classic works.这篇小说被公认为是最优秀的作品之一。
3 authentic ZuZzs     
a.真的,真正的;可靠的,可信的,有根据的
参考例句:
  • This is an authentic news report. We can depend on it. 这是篇可靠的新闻报道, 我们相信它。
  • Autumn is also the authentic season of renewal. 秋天才是真正的除旧布新的季节。
4 perfume ESyzl     
n.香水(料,气);vt.使充满芳香;洒香水
参考例句:
  • The air was heavy with the perfume of the flower.空气中充满了花香。
  • Those roses perfume the whole garden.那些玫瑰花使满园飘香。
5 feedback Wk7xk     
n.回授,反馈,反应
参考例句:
  • I was getting great feedback from my boss.老板对我的评价很高。
  • You need feedback to monitor progress.你需要利用反馈信息来监控进展。
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