地道美语听力播客:优惠卷的价值
日期:2011-10-12 15:47

(单词翻译:单击)

情景对话

Torsten: What are you doing, clipping coupons? That’s a waste of time.

Cindy: You can think what you like, but these days, we have to cut corners wherever we can.

Torsten: No one actually saves much money using coupons.

Cindy: That’s what you think. The last time I went to the grocery store, I saved over $20 just by using coupons.

Torsten: How can you keep track of all of the expiration dates and the terms and conditions? It’s not worth the trouble.

Cindy: Do you feel that way about rebate offers, too? A month ago, I bought our new TV and saved 20 percent. And yesterday, I bought a pack of DVDs for just $2.

Torsten: Are you putting me on? A pack of DVDs for $2?

Cindy: Yeah, it was a great offer, but it was only for one day. I had to cut out the UPC code, fill out a form, and mail it in with the receipt to the manufacturer. Then, I sent a copy of the receipt to the retailer and got another discount. That’s how I got the DVDs for next to nothing.

Torsten: You might save money with rebates, but you have to sit around forever waiting for the rebate check.

Cindy: It’s true that the turnaround is often 8-10 weeks, but some of the offers are worth the wait.

Torsten: Do what you like, but I’m too busy to mess around with coupons and rebates.

Cindy: That’s why you married a penny- pincher. If I left it up to you, we’d be in the by now!
词汇注释

clip v.剪

coupon n.赠券,优惠卷

cut corners 省钱

That’s what you think. 那是你想的。

expiration dates 截止日期

terms and conditions 条款, 条件

rebate n. 折扣; 贴现

putting me on 拉某人入伙

UPC code 商品条码

receipt n. 收据

manufacturer n. 厂家

retailer n.零售商

discount n.折扣

turnaround n.周转时间

worth the wait 值得等待

mess around 浪费时间

penny pincher 守财奴;小气鬼

poorhouse n.救济院
参考译文
Torsten: 你在干什么吗?剪赠券?那真是浪费时间。

Cindy: 你怎么想都行,但是这些天,我必须尽可能地省钱。

Torsten: 用赠券实际上省不了多少钱。

Cindy: 那是你想的。上次我去百货商店,我用赠券省了20美元。

Torsten: 你怎么能记住截止日期和使用条款?太麻烦了不值得。

Cindy: 你对折扣也那样看?一个月以前,我买了新电视,节省了百分之二十。昨天我花了2美元就买了一套DVD碟片。

Torsten: 你想拉我入伙吗?花2美元就买了一套DVD碟片?

Cindy: 是的,很划算,但只限于一天。我必须剪下商品条码,填张表格,并将收据一起邮寄到厂家。然后,我又将收据的复印件邮递给零售商,又拿到了些折扣。那就是我几乎没花几个钱就买一套DVD碟片的过程。

Torsten: 折扣可能会帮你省钱,但是你必须一直盯住来等待打折。

Cindy: 折扣周期经常是8到10周,但是有些折扣值得等待。

Torsten:你喜欢就那么做吧,我太忙了,不会把时间浪费在等赠卷和折扣卷上。

Cindy: 那就是你和守财奴结婚的原因。如果我放任你,我们现在就得在救济院里了。

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重点单词
  • receiptn. 收据,收条,收到 v. 出收据
  • discountn. 折扣,贴现率 vt. 打折扣,贴现,不重视,不全信
  • clipn. 夹子,钳,回形针,弹夹 n. 修剪,(羊毛的)剪下
  • trackn. 小路,跑道,踪迹,轨道,乐曲 v. 跟踪,追踪
  • checkn. 检查,支票,账单,制止,阻止物,检验标准,方格图案
  • coden. 码,密码,法规,准则 vt. 把 ... 编码,制