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VOA慢速[词汇典故]与Easy相关的短语

2015-04-15    来源:普特英语听力    【      美国外教 在线口语培训
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Now, the VOA Special English program Words and Their Stories.
 
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Every people has its own way of saying things, its own special expressions. Some of these expressions are easy to understand. The words create a picture in your mind.
 
As easy as falling off a log is one such expression. It describes a job that does not take much effort.
 
If you ever tried to walk on a fallen tree log, you understand what the expression means. It is easier to fall off the log than to stay on it.
 
The expression is often used today. For example, you might hear a student say to her friend that her spelling test was as easy as falling off a log.
 
There are several other expressions that mean the same thing. And their meaning is as easy to understand as falling off a log. One is, easy as pie. Nothing is easier than eating a piece of sweet, juicy pie. Unless it is a piece of cake.
 
Piece of cake is another expression that means something is extremely easy to do. A friend might tell you that his new job was a piece of cake.
 
Another expression is as easy as shooting fish in a barrel.
 
It is hard to imagine why anyone would want to shoot fish in a barrel. But, clearly, fish in a barrel would be much easier to shoot than fish in a stream. In fact, it would be as easy as falling off a log.
 
Sometimes, things that come to us easily, also leave us just as easily. In fact, there is an expression -- easy come, easy go -- that recognizes this. You may win a lot of money in a lottery, then spend it all in a few days. Easy come, easy go.
 
When life itself is easy, when you have no cares or problems, you are on easy street. Everyone wants to live on that imaginary street.
 
Another "easy" expression is to go easy on a person.  It means to treat a person kindly or gently, especially in a situation where you might be expected to be angry with him. A wife might urge her husband to go easy on their son, because the boy did not mean to wreck the car.
 
If it is necessary to borrow some money to fix the car, you should look for a friend who is an easy touch. An easy touch or a soft touch is someone who is kind and helpful. He would easily agree to lend you the money.
 
And one last expression, one that means do not worry or work too hard. Try to keep away from difficult situations. Take it easy until we meet again.
 
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You have been listening to the VOA Special English program, Words and Their Stories. I'm Bob Doughty.

文本来源于普特论坛[report整理] SENEWS-2015-03-08
 


这里是美国之音慢速英语词汇掌故节目。

每个人都有自己特定的表达事物的方式和词语。有些短语简单易懂,能在你脑海中浮现图像。

小菜一碟(as easy as falling off a log)就是这样一个短语。它用以形容毫不费力的职业。

如果你曾经尝试行走于圆木上,你就会明白这个短语的意思。相比呆在圆木上,人更容易摔下来。

今天也时常用到这个短语,比如,你可能听到一个学生告诉她朋友她的拼写测试简直是小菜一碟。

另外几个意思相同的短语,这些短语的意思也简单易懂。其中一个是easy as pie。没有什么比吃香甜多汁的馅饼更简单了,除非是它是(a piece of cake也有小菜一碟的意思。)

Piece of cake是另一个表达做事极其容易的短语,有朋友可能告诉你他的新工作简直是小菜一碟。

另一个表达小菜一碟的短语是as easy as shooting fish in a barrel。

很难想像为什么有人要在木桶里叉鱼。但是,很明显的在木桶叉鱼比在河里容易多了。事实上,这就像从圆木上摔下来一样容易。

有时候,东西来得容易,去得也容易。事实上,有个短语正好说明了这个现象---- easy come, easy go。你可能中彩票得了多很钱,接下来的数天就花光了。来得容易,去得也容易。

当生活本身很惬意,你也无忧无虑,你就是走在"Easy Street"(康庄大道)。每个人都想生活在康庄大道。

另一个和“easy”相关的短语是宽容待人(go easy on a person),表示对别人宽容友善,特别是在你本该对别人发脾气的情况。一个妻子可能让她丈夫宽恕儿子,因为儿子并不是故意把车弄坏的。

如果必须借钱修车,那你应该找个有求必应的朋友(easy touch)。“easy touch”或“soft touch”是指善良且有求必应的人。他很容易同意借钱给你。

最后一个短语意思是不要太紧张或太拼,试着摆脱困境,"Take it easy"(别着急,别紧张,放松些),我们下次节目再见。

你正在收听的是美国之音慢速英语词汇掌故节目,我是Bob Doughty。



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