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今日美语MP3:少管闲事 Mind One's Own Business

2015-04-08    来源:Englishbaby.com    【      美国外教 在线口语培训

少管闲事
Mind One's Own Business

【intro 今日导读】

If you see two people shouting and pushing each other on the street, do you stop? It’s a dilemma, for sure. It’s likely that most of us would say to ourselves, “I should mind my own business,” and keep walking. But what if one of the people is an adult and the other a child? Then do you get involved? Often your ethics make that decision for you.

In everyday situations, this expression is most often used to tell someone to stop trying to help when his or her help isn’t wanted. You might hear a boy tell his sister to mind her own business if she’s telling him how to do something and he wants to figure it out himself. Or if a student hears two friends talking about a guy and she tries joining the conversation without being invited, she may be told to mind her own business. It’s not very kind, but it sends a clear message!

Brian saw someone cheating during an exam, but he doesn’t want people thinking he’s a tattle-tale. Should he tell his professor, or should he mind his own business? Read on to learn Marni and Jessica’s opinions in today’s English lesson.

【Dialogue 情景对话】

Brian:  Hey!

Marni:  Shhhh!

Jessica:  Shhhh!

Brian:  Are you guys almost done?

Jessica:  No. What’s up, Brian?

Brian:  I’m having a dilemma.

Marni:  What kind of dilemma?

Brian:  I know I should just mind my own business, but I saw someone cheating on the exam today.

Jessica:  No way. What did you do?

Brian:  Nothing. I didn’t want to get involved.

Marni:  Are you sure he was cheating? How do you know?

Brian:  He had a little piece of paper in his back pocket. And he would take it out and glance at it discreetly when the professor wasn’t looking.

Jessica:  That sure sounds like cheating. So, it wasn’t an open book test?

Brian:  No.

Marni:  Look, Brian. I know you want to mind your own business and not get involved, but this is about ethics.

Brian:  I know, I know. I just don’t want everyone to think that I’m a tattle-tale.

Jessica:  Don’t worry about what other people think.

Marni:  She’s right, Brian. You need to do the right thing.

Brian:  OK, OK. I just wish I didn’t feel so guilty about it.

Jessica:  Brian, the only person who should feel guilty is the guy who was cheating.

重点解析 Key Phrases/Words

1. dilemma n. 窘境,困境,进退两难

2. tattle-tale 爱管闲事,爱搬弄是非之人

3. cheat v.欺骗,作弊

4. get involved 掺和,搅和,介入,涉及

5. discreetly adv. 谨慎地,小心地

6. ethics n. 伦理学,道德规范
 



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