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美语咖啡屋 Lesson 8: Powerball Lottery

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Y:大家好, 我是杨晨! 欢迎您到美语咖啡屋!

J: Hello and welcome to American Cafe! I'm Jody. Here, Yang Chen. I bought you something. An instant Lottery1 Ticket. See, you scratch off the surface to see if you have won. Let me do mine first. (scratch, scratch) Come on Lady Luck! Make me a winner! (scratch, scratch) Damn2! Nothing.

Y: Hmm, 好象幸运女神不太喜欢你。

J: I guess not. Well, you try yours and see how you do.

Y: 好,我来试试我的运气。(scratch, scratch) 哇! 我赢了五块钱!

J: What! Let me see that. You won five bucks3! I think I gave you the wrong ticket. I think I gave you mine. Can I have it back?

Y: No way!

J: Now, what would really be exciting is if you won the BIG Lottery.

Y: 你说的好多州一起办的那个超级乐透奖,对不对?

J: Yes. That's right! The POWERBALL!

(Enter sharp lightning crack)

Y: 这个声音好恐怖啊!

J: What our listeners may not know but a well-timed lightning bolt sound is meant to signify4 the mysterious, the awesome5, like the POWERBALL!!!

(Enter sharp lightning crack)

Y:好了,好了,我现在已经感受到超级乐透的威力了。现在你这个音响效果可不可以停止了呢?

J: Okay. No more lightning bolts. For a while.

Y: 可是,我们是不是先来解释lottery这个词,然后再发挥你的音响效果。

J: Let's do. The Lottery is gambling6. It's a drawing of numbers. And you have to get all six numbers right AND pick the right number as the Powerball to win.

Y: 噢,对,Lottery是以买彩票或奖券的方式进行赌博。

J: The jackpot recently is really high: $210 million!

Y: 哇! 两亿一千万美元!! 啊,我要昏倒了。

J: That's right, Sister! You go ahead and faint. The night before the drawing, I stopped at my neighborhood store and there was a line of about 50 people waiting to buy their lottery tickets. Here's some on-site interviews of people actually buying their lottery tickets.

Here's Carl from Miami...

实录1 Carl: Lottery ticket is a gambling format7 for a winning of a ticket for $210 million. 

J: $ 250 million. What are the odds8 that you can win? 

Carl: one in 250 million, I think. 

J: So why are you here? 

Carl: Someone's gotta win, that's basically it. The chances are low, but someone does have to win.

Y: 他刚才提到一个词“odds”,我看我们需要先给大家解释一下。

J: Sure. O-D-D-S. You know, your chances of winning. What are your odds of winning? But for this lottery, the odds were 1 in 250 million.

Y: 那么这里就是说赢得机律是1比2亿5千万。

J: So the odds are very low. And this woman Susan had a very funny way of describing how she views her odds and why she still plays.

Y: 好,我们听听Susan的见解。

实录2 Susan: Your have a better chance of getting hit by lightning than you do of winning the lottery. However, people do get hit by lightning. So it does make sense to give it a try.

J: So, you're willing to risk a couple of dollars and see if you can win the jackpot.

Susan: Yes!

J: See! She mentioned the word "lightning!"

(Enter sharp lightning crack)

Y: 你知道吗,你听起来象个巫婆一样。

J: Okay. Now, get serious, Yang Chen. You know, after I started interviewing people they all started talking about the big "what if?" You know what if I win?

Y: 就是,我都替他们发愁。如果赢了,那么多钱怎么花呀?

J: Here's what Susan had to say.

Y: 好吧, 我们来听听Susan的宏伟计划。

实录3 Susan: Well, that's what everyone always thinks as they're waiting in line ... "What would they do if they won." And of course, the first thing you think is quit your job and buy all those things that are on your list, that you wanted to get...you know...

J: Another woman, Olivia from New Orleans, Louisiana, said that after she paid off her and her family's debt she would give some of her winnings to charities.

实录4 Olivia: I would definitely donate some to charity, because there are a lot of good courses. And pay off all my debts, my mother's debts, my sister's debts and travel.

Y: 每个人都那么说。如果赢了以后先把工作辞了,然后买下所有以前买不起的东西,还要捐一部份给慈善机构。

J: Well, that's what they say before they win. I don't know what they say after they win.

Y: 好,我们的时间到了。谢谢大家收听美语咖啡屋。

J: Yeah! Thanks for joining us today at American Cafe. I certainly enjoyed talking with you about the American tradition of the...

Y: Stop it, Jody! 如果你再让我听到...

J: ...POWERBALL!!

(Enter sharp lightning crack)


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1 lottery 43MyV     
n.抽彩;碰运气的事,难于算计的事
参考例句:
  • He won no less than £5000 in the lottery.他居然中了5000英镑的奖券。
  • They thought themselves lucky in the lottery of life.他们认为自己是变幻莫测的人生中的幸运者。
2 damn jnyzC     
int.该死,他妈的;vt.指责,贬斥,诅咒
参考例句:
  • Damn this useless typewriter!这台破打字机真该死!
  • I knew damn well what he was going to say.我非常清楚他要说什么。
3 bucks a391832ce78ebbcfc3ed483cc6d17634     
n.雄鹿( buck的名词复数 );钱;(英国十九世纪初的)花花公子;(用于某些表达方式)责任v.(马等)猛然弓背跃起( buck的第三人称单数 );抵制;猛然震荡;马等尥起后蹄跳跃
参考例句:
  • They cost ten bucks. 这些值十元钱。
  • They are hunting for bucks. 他们正在猎雄兔。 来自《简明英汉词典》
4 signify Ky8wH     
vt.表示...的意思,意味,预示
参考例句:
  • State ownership in itself does not signify collective control.国家所有本身并不意味集体控制。
  • The striped band round a policeman's sleeve is to signify that he is on duty.警察袖子上的袖标标明他正在执勤。
5 awesome CyCzdV     
adj.令人惊叹的,难得吓人的,很好的
参考例句:
  • The church in Ireland has always exercised an awesome power.爱尔兰的教堂一直掌握着令人敬畏的权力。
  • That new white convertible is totally awesome.那辆新的白色折篷汽车简直棒极了.
6 gambling ch4xH     
n.赌博;投机
参考例句:
  • They have won a lot of money through gambling.他们赌博赢了很多钱。
  • The men have been gambling away all night.那些人赌了整整一夜。
7 format giJxb     
n.设计,版式;[计算机]格式,DOS命令:格式化(磁盘),用于空盘或使用过的磁盘建立新空盘来存储数据;v.使格式化,设计,安排
参考例句:
  • Please format this floppy disc.请将这张软盘格式化。
  • The format of the figure is very tasteful.该图表的格式很雅致。
8 odds n5czT     
n.让步,机率,可能性,比率;胜败优劣之别
参考例句:
  • The odds are 5 to 1 that she will win.她获胜的机会是五比一。
  • Do you know the odds of winning the lottery once?你知道赢得一次彩票的几率多大吗?
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