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今日美语MP3:权衡利弊 Weigh the Pros and Cons

2015-07-29    来源:Englishbaby.com    【      美国外教 在线口语培训

权衡利弊
Weigh the Pros and Cons

【intro 今日导读】

We make choices every day. Sometimes they’re as simple as whether to have coffee or tea in the morning, or whether to walk to work or take the bus. When making bigger decisions, however, we have to think about both the good and bad parts of a situation before we can make a choice. We often have to weigh the pros and cons before deciding what to do.

Going away to school is a perfect example. The pros of leaving home might be spending time away from your parents, experiencing a new city, meeting new people, and learning how to live on your own. The cons of leaving home might be missing your family and friends, the cost of traveling to and from your new school, or having to say goodbye to a boyfriend or girlfriend. There is no doubt that making that choice can be truly difficult!

Kellie needs help weighing the pros and cons of two courses of study. Sara is helping in today’s English lesson about life’s big decisions.

 

【Dialogue 情景对话】

Kellie:  I’ve been thinking a lot about school, and I’ve narrowed it down to two courses of study.

Sara_R:  Awesome! And…?

Kellie:  I either want a degree in social media marketing, or one in medicine.

Sara_R:  Wow! Those are so different. Have you weighed the pros and cons of each?

Kellie:  I think so.

Sara_R:  What are the pros of social media marketing?

Kellie:  Everyone from businesses to schools to religious organizations knows how important social media is today. It would be easy to find a job, and the program only takes a year.

Sara_R:  That kind of sounds like a slam dunk.

Kellie:  I know. But I’ve dreamed of becoming a doctor since I was a girl. I could really make a difference if I studied medicine.

Sara_R:  There’s no doubt about that. What are the cons for each?

Kellie:  Well, the obvious con with med school is how long it takes. It would take me years to finish.

Sara_R:  True. And it would cost a lot of money.

Kellie:  I would be in debt for a long time. But I would make more money becoming a doctor!

Sara_R:  This is also true. So, that’s a pro.

Kellie:  The only con with social media marketing is…well, it’s not medicine.

Sara_R:  I don’t think you need to waste any more time weighing the pros and cons. Your heart is telling you what you want to do, Kellie.

Kellie:  You may be right.

重点解析 Key Phrases/Words

1. narrow down 使...缩小范围,更精确地分析,详解

2. weigh the pros and cons

weigh v. 权衡,衡量

pros and cons 利弊,正反两方面,赞成和反对的理由

3. slam dunk 扣篮,大满贯(在这里应该是指那很棒呀的意思~)

4. be in debt  负债,亏欠



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