地道美语听力播客:帮忙培训新手
日期:2012-01-30 14:09

(单词翻译:单击)

对话原文
Kazuko: I really appreciate you helping with the training of the newbies. I couldn’t have done it without you.
我真的很感谢你帮助培训新手。没有你的帮助,我没法做到。

Martin: Don’t mention it. I remember when I was still wet behind the ears and the veterans in the company gave me the benefit of their time and expertise. They propped me up until I could stand on my own two feet.
不客气。我记得当我初出茅庐的时候,公司的老人花费时间教给我专业知识和技能。他们一直帮助我,直到我能自己独立。

Kazuko: I can’t imagine you as a novice. Everybody here thinks of you as the cornerstone of the institution.
我无法想象你是一个新手。这里的每个人都认为你是该机构的基石。

Martin: Well, that may be, but you should have seen me in the early years. I was naive and reckless. I may be more adept at my job now, but I felt inept for years.
嗯,这可能是,但是你应该看到我早些年的表现。我幼稚且鲁莽。我现在可能更擅长工作,但是多年来我觉得自己很无能。

Kazuko: I saw you talking with some of the new recruits. What advice did you give them?
我看见你谈论一些新入职的员工交谈。你想给他们提些什么建议?

Martin: I gave them the same advice that an old hand gave me when I first started: Take every piece of advice you get with a grain of salt!
我给他们的意见和当我刚开始工作时,老手给我的意见相同,采取一切你一粒盐忠告!对于有保留地采纳每个意见。

重点讲解
1. wet behind the ears 少不更事的, 初出茅庐的
He was too wet behind the ears to bear such responsibilities.
他太年轻了,不能担此重任。

与ear相关的短语还有:
all ears【非正式用语】
聚精会神地听
If you want to tell your story, we're all ears.
你想讲故事的话,我们会全神贯注地听的
give an ear 或 lend an ear
倾听:注意;仔细地听
have an ear to the ground 或 keep an ear to the ground
敏锐,精明:注意新动向或信息
in one ear and out the other
左耳进右耳出:没有产生任何影响或效果;不留意
Since his mind was already made up, my arguments went in one ear and out the other.
既然他主意已定,我再怎么对他说,也只能是左耳进右耳出
on its ear 或 on someone's ear
兴奋:处于震惊、兴奋或恼怒状态
A controversial film that set the entertainment world on its ear.
一部有争议的电影使得娱乐界一片哗然
play it by ear【非正式用语】
即时应付:根据情势需要而行动;即席做
He plays his negotiations by ear, going into them with no clear or fixed plan( -- George F. Kennan)
他谈判时,没有清晰固定的计划,而是随机应变( -- 乔治F.凯南)
up to (one's) ears【非正式用语】
深深卷入或深陷
I'm up to my ears in work.
我全身心地投入到工作中去

2. prop up 支持,资助
The government does not intend to prop up declining industry
政府无意扶持不景气的企业

常用词组
prop up the bar
(非正式)喝个底朝天
prop someone/thing up
支持,维持
The government spent £3 billion in an attempt to prop up the pound.
政府用30亿英镑支撑英镑。

3. stand on my own two feet 独立
I tried to stand on my own two feet rather than turned to my parents.
我设法自立而不求助于我的父母。

4. with a grain of salt 有保留地
Take his words with a grain of salt. He always exaggerates.
对他的话要打折扣听。他总爱夸张。

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重点单词
  • decliningadj. 下降的,衰落的 动词decline的现在分词
  • institutionn. 机构,制度,创立
  • controversialadj. 引起争论的,有争议的
  • adeptadj. 熟练的,老练的 n. 名手,专家
  • novicen. 新信徒,新手
  • recklessadj. 不计后果的,大意的,鲁莽的
  • appreciatevt. 欣赏,感激,赏识 vt. 领会,充分意识 vi.
  • ineptadj. 不适当的,无能的,笨拙的
  • intendvt. 想要,计划,打算,意指
  • naiveadj. 天真的,幼稚的