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以贾乱真 地道英语 playing up  

2011-11-14 19:21:22|  分类: English |  标签: |举报 |字号 订阅

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Rob: Hello, I'm Rob.

Rendong: Hi 大家好,我是Jia Rendong 欢迎收听地道英语。

Rob: Hold on. We can't hear you properly.

Rendong: What's happening?

Rob: I think your microphone's playing up.

Rendong: Playing up 玩起来?

Rob: Sorry, sorry, I didn't quite catch that.

Rendong: Let me just push this button. There! 我的麦克刚才出问题了。But Rob you said the microphone was playing up?

Rob: That's right. It wasn't working properly. You see, if something isn't working as it should be, we sometimes say it's playing up.

Rendong: 如果什么东西不像原来那么好用了,或者出现小故障,那么我们就可以说 it's playing up. 只能是 playing up – not down?

Rob: Nope. Playing down something is a different expression that means something totally different.

Rendong: OK. So as the picture on my TV at home is flickering, I can say my TV is playing up?

Rob: Exactly. And let's hear about some other things that are playing up…

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I don't think I'll be able to give you a lift to work today; my car's been playing up.

My phone keeps playing up. Every time I dial a number, it just switches itself off.

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Rendong: That sounds like my phone! 如果一个东西时好时坏,那么它表现可真不好,它失灵了 it's misbehaving.

Rob: Ha ha! You could say that. And it's just like people. When they misbehave we say they're playing up. Like this…

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Sorry, but I'm going to be late. The children have been playing up and I've still got so much to do.
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Rendong: 当小孩子们表现不好时,我们也可以说他们不听话了。I think it's usually because they want attention.

Rob: Mmm, now Helen, could I have your attention now please, because playing up is also something you can say to describe to a part of your body that's not working properly.

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Ow! I'm going to have to lie down; my back's playing up again.

Count me out of this weekend's football match; my leg's playing up so I need to rest it.
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Rendong: 我们可以说我们的身体部位出现小故障,比如今天腰疼了,不好使。So it seems playing up refers to anything that's not working or behaving as it should. Now Rob, my leg's also been playing up so I wonder if you could give me a lift home in your car?

Rob: No way – oh it sounds like my microphone's playing up now!

Rendong: No Rob, it's you who's playing up – now switch it back on!

Rob: Oh, oh OK then!

Rendong: Let's go then. 再见!

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