今日美语MP3:于事无补 Too Little Too Late
于事无补 Too Little Too Late
It’s a hot summer day. All of the windows are open, but there is no wind. You’re so thirsty that you’re drinking a glass of water every hour. Suddenly, you remember the tomato plant your aunt gave you for your birthday. It’s in the garden, and you haven’t checked on it in two days. But when you go outside to water it, it has already died. The water you are bringing to your plant is too little, too late.
When you try to help a person or situation after a problem has ended or been solved, you’re too little, too late. Now matter how badly you want to help, if the help is too late to be useful, then it’s not needed. For example, if someone gives you an umbrella after you’ve been waiting for a bus in the rain for ten minutes, it’s not helpful anymore. You’re already wet, so you no longer need the umbrella.
Why does Jessica believe that their efforts to become friendly with the ghost are too little, too late? You can find out by reading today’s English lesson.
Jessica: So, I said, "Your apology is too little, too late. Next time, I’m telling Mom."
Gary: How much longer until you move out your parents' house and back into your apartment?
Jessica: One more week. Thank goodness.
Joun Kim: Look! The nuts and dried fruit are gone.
Gary: Look at that.
Jessica: Can you believe this? We’d better get to work cleaning this up.
Joun Kim: Where's the broom?
Gary: It's behind the door. We might need the vacuum, too. There are beans everywhere.
Jessica: We're going to need to scrub this with some type of cleanser. It's really dirty. Where are the paper towels?
Joun Kim: Over there. There are sponges, too. I think I saw a bucket in the closet.
Gary: Hold on a sec. I have to ask. Who do you think did this?
Joun Kim: It was Oscar, you mean?
Jessica: I think so. He's been causing trouble for weeks. And the beans all over the floor. He's saying, "I don't want your beans. This is all too little, too late."
Joun Kim: I agree with Jessica. This ghost/defmeans business.
重点解析 Key Phrases/Words
1. vacuum n. <口>真空吸尘器
2. scrub v. 用力擦洗，刷洗
3. cleanser n. 清洁剂，去污剂
4. sponge n.海绵