第120课：give sth. a shot
今天Larry和李华要到体育馆去和几个朋友打篮球。李华会学到两个常用语：stick to something和give something a shot.
(Ambience sound in gym)
LL: Hey, Li Hua, are you looking forward to today's game?
LL: You'll get better. You've only been playing basketball for a few weeks. You have to stick to something if you want to become good at it.
LH: 对，我才打了几个星期的篮球！可是你怎么说要我stick to something. Stick不是黏的意思？这跟打篮球有什么关系啊？
LL: To "stick to something" means that you continue to do it and don't give up.
LH: 噢！我懂了，stick to something就是坚持不懈，继续做某件事。那不就像我们中文里说的"持之以恒"嘛！你的意思是，要是我想打好篮球，就得不断地练习咯！
LL: That's right. You've stuck to practicing English for a long time, and now your English is much better. Right?
LH: 你说的对，我学英文倒是尽量的多说，不断地练习。对了，Larry, 那stick to something除了运动，学语言，我还可以用在哪些地方呢？
LL: Well, a person can stick to a decision, too. If I decide to learn Chinese, and I stick to my decision, that means I don't change my mind or give up.
LH: 噢，如果一个人坚持自己的决定，也可以说stick to one's decision。那一个立场不坚定，经常flip-flop的人可就不能这么说咯！
LL: That's right. Very good use of the term flip-flop, by the way.
LL: Remember how hard English was at first? But you stuck to it and now it's much easier, right?
LL: I do. You'll see. So, have you decided to play in today's game after all?
(Sound of dribbling basketball)
LH: Larry, 那个篮球架子太远了，我肯定投不进！
LL: Come on, Li Hua, give it a shot. It's okay if you miss.
LH: Larry，我是在投球耶！你怎么叫我给它一枪？"Give it a shot" 那是什么意思啊？
LL: To give something a shot is to go ahead and try something, even if you don't expect to be successful.
LH: 嗨，我还以为give it a shot是开枪呢！原来，give it a shot就是试一试，不管会不会成功。好吧。那我就投喽！可是我一定投不进啦！
(Sound of basketball into the basket)
LL: Hey, look, you made it! That's three more points for our team! See, it never hurts to give something a shot.
LH: 哇！太棒了！我居然投进了！对了，Larry, give it a shot我是不是还能用在其他什么地方？
LL: Just about anything. For instance, I'd like to give sailing a shot, even though I've never sailed a boat before in my life.
LL: Hey, slow down. We all know what your driving is like. I don't think it's a good idea for you to fly a plane.
LL: Maybe if you stick to driving for a while and get better at it, then you can give flying a shot.
今天李华学到两个常用语。一个是stick to something.就是坚持不懈，继续做某件事。第二个常用语是give it a shot. 这是试一试的意思，哪怕你认为不会成功，但也可以一试。