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Uriel Yak 尤里专线 (2)

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Uriel Yak1  尤里专线 (2)

 

Uriel: Crazy English-Land, welcome to Uriel Yak. This is Uriel, and with me in the studio, I have Alex....

Alex: Hi Uriel.

Uriel: Alex, a foreigner, a British person, who's living in China. Welcome, Alex!

A: Uh, hi Uriel!

U: Hi!

A: Thanks for having me on your show.

U: Ah, it's a pleasure. I understand that you like cellphones, however.

A: Ummm, yes.... And I understand that you don't.

U: Well, I am one of the last people in China not to have a cellphone.... And that does...

A: I think....

U: ... give a clue to my attitude about them....

A: In China, isn't a cellphone an actual status symbol?

U: Is it a status symbol?

A: Along with a car, yes.

U: How can.... I mean, that's like saying that having two arms and eyes is a status symbol. I mean, everybody seems to have a cellphone here. You were saying that you used to make thousands of cellphones every day....

A: Yes, I used to have links with the mobile2 phone industry.

U: Yeah....

A: Ummm.... But now they've been cut, I do still tend to look at mobile phones and I used to spend maybe two thousand yuan a day on mobile phones in my industry. And now I get worried when I spend over ten yuan.

U: What do you mean, you used to spend two thousand a day?

A: Ummm, I used to do testing for around the world... so it would put me on a plane... I'd go to somewhere like South Africa... I would phone up Finland and ask them, "Does this work?"

U: Making all those long distance phone calls, you were... you were using two thousand yuan a day of air time, is that right?

A: Easily.

U: Ok, ah.

A: Yeah, they loved me at the people who took the money, I can say.

U: You were actually travelling to a lot of places on behalf3 of these testing agencies4?

A: Uh yeah, travelling all around the world... I was based in Paris, and before that I was based in England, going around just testing bits here and there. Suddenly a mobile phone that was new would not work in the middle of Russia. So, they get to send poor me out to the middle of Russia, in the middle of the snow, to make a phone call.

U: Well, you were talking about your first arrival in China.

A: Oh, my first arrival in China! That was an experience. I think that first few hours in China is what China is for me. I basically5 came from Hong Kong straight in to the East train station. And I arrive into the station, I've got a huge back.... This is like....

U: Guangzhou station.

A: Guangzhou East Train Station.

U: Yup.

A: ... a huge backpack on, two huge suitcases.... I'm pretty big guy and carry a lot, but I been carrying this all day and it was a boiling hot day.... The sun was shining, the temperatures were soaring6, and I was meant to be meeting this Chinese person in the train station.

U: Who was it? Who had you connected with before you arrived?

A: Ummm.... Somebody who was gonna offer me a job. I'd organized and applied7 for and received, uh, a job when I arrived....

U: A teaching8 job?

A: A teaching job, yes.

U: Yeah, yeah....

A: And when I arrived at the train station... like... there was nobody....

U: Nobody there. You're on your own, and your Chinese language skills are....

A: Zip ... absolutely zip.

U: Nil9.

A: Nothing. Nada. And I'm, like, "OK, what do I do? What do I do?"

U: Panic.

A: Panic sets in. I run around the station. I'm running out of the station, I'm running into the station, and with this much luggage, you can see, in this heat, I'm starting to really get tired.

U: Surely a helpful policeman could save you?

A: Uh, that was my first option, yes. I ran to the policeman, I say: "Phone." He looks at me. I do a hand signal phone. He goes, "Ahhh...." You know, the usual phone hand gesture....

U: Yeah.

A: And he points behind me and goes: "Neuhhh neuhhh neuhhh neuhhh neuhhh." Something I can't understand. And I go.... I look behind. He turns around and he runs out of the exit, try not to speak to me.

U: Let me ask, with all this cellphone background, why didntcha have a cellphone just when you needed it most.... This is when you needed a cellphone.

A: I did have a cellphone, but unfortunately I didn't have a Chinese SIM which is one of those little cards that you put into a cellphone.

U: Ahhh.... OK, I see.

A: So I was stuck. In the end I just sat down on my suitcases in the corner feeling very sorry for myself, thinking, maybe I'm in the wrong city, maybe I'm in the wrong country.

U: What did you do for fun besides, in your free time, after work?

A: Talking to people, and getting day to day life stuff10, was pretty fun for me. Imagine walking into a restaurant, nobody understands you, you don't even know what the menu is, you look at something.... You can't identify it. Things crawl11 around. In England when you say, "I want a burger," it comes out cooked. In China when you say, "I want something to eat," they kill it in front of you, take out, point to the part you want, cook it, and then hand it to you. It was a new experience.

U: Alex, do you have any other final words for our listeners?

A: I have final words for listeners? Ummm ... yes. When you're shopping, could you refrain12 from hitting me... anybody... please?

U: Alright... please everybody, don't hit Alex when he's shopping.

A: And please, actually, stop looking at my shopping stuff.

U: Listeners, thank you for listening to Uriel Yak. So long.

A: Bye bye, Uriel.

U: Alex, thanks for joining us!

A: Thanks for having me!

 

 

 


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1 yak qoCyn     
n.牦牛
参考例句:
  • The most common materials Tibetan jewelry are Yak bone.藏饰最常见的材料当属牦牛骨。
  • We can sell yak skin,meat and wool.我们可以卖牦牛的皮、肉和毛。
2 mobile l6dzu     
adj.可移动的,易变的,机动的;n.运动物体
参考例句:
  • The old lady sits on a mobile chair every morning.那位老妇人每天上午坐在一把可携带使用的椅子上。
  • She's much more mobile now that she's bought a car.自从她买了汽车后,活动量就大多了。
3 behalf 0QLyb     
n.利益,方面;支持,赞成
参考例句:
  • Ken is not present,so I shall accept the prize on his behalf.肯没有出席,所以我将代表他领奖。
  • They fixed on him to speak on their behalf.他们已经确定他作为代表发言。
4 agencies 0e418dcec84ec1fd8f830787bb2c3325     
n.代理( agency的名词复数 );服务机构;(政府的)专门机构;代理(或经销)业务(或关系)
参考例句:
  • There are many specialized agencies in the United Nations. 联合国有许多专门机构。 来自《简明英汉词典》
  • The project is funded by the World Bank and other multilateral agencies. 这项计划由世界银行和其他多国机构资助。 来自《简明英汉词典》
5 basically 7POyW     
adv.基本上,从根本上说
参考例句:
  • His heart is basically sound.他的心脏基本上健康。
  • Basically I agree with your plan.我基本上同意你的计划。
6 soaring ziSzOe     
adj.往上爬升的;高耸的
参考例句:
  • The house prices in the city seemed soaring up without limit. 这个城市的房价好像在无限制地飞涨。
  • They were amazed at the soaring drive of our oil workers. 他们对我国石油工人的冲天干劲感到惊奇。
7 applied Tz2zXA     
adj.应用的;v.应用,适用
参考例句:
  • She plans to take a course in applied linguistics.她打算学习应用语言学课程。
  • This cream is best applied to the face at night.这种乳霜最好晚上擦脸用。
8 teaching ngEziT     
n.教学,执教,任教,讲授;(复数)教诲
参考例句:
  • We all agree in adopting the new teaching method. 我们一致同意采取新的教学方法。
  • He created a new system of teaching foreign languages.他创造了一种新的外语教学体系。
9 nil 7GgxO     
n.无,全无,零
参考例句:
  • My knowledge of the subject is practically nil.我在这方面的知识几乎等于零。
  • Their legal rights are virtually nil.他们实际上毫无法律权利。
10 stuff Itsw1     
n.原料,材料,东西;vt.填满;吃饱
参考例句:
  • We could supply you with the stuff in the raw tomorrow.明天我们可以供应你原材料。
  • He is not the stuff.他不是这个材料。
11 crawl cnGyV     
vi./n.爬行,匍匐行进;缓慢(费力)地行进
参考例句:
  • We learn to crawl before we learn to walk.我们学会走路之前先要学会爬。
  • She slowed the car to a crawl.她把车开得很慢。
12 refrain RtayQ     
n.重复,叠句,副歌;v.节制,避免,克制
参考例句:
  • I made a terrific effort to refrain from tears.我狠着心把泪止住。
  • They all sang the refrain.他们齐声合唱叠句。
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