Nick: Hey Aaron, what are you up to?
Aaron: I’m shopping for a birthday present for my girlfriend. She loves cats so I’m thinking of giving her some Hello Kitty merchandise.
Nick: I hate to break it to you man, but Hello Kitty is NOT a cat.
Aaron: Huh? If Hello Kitty isn’t a cat, then what the heck is she? I mean she’s got cat ears and her name IS “Kitty”. Next you’ll tell me that Snoopy is not a dog.
蛤? 凱蒂貓不是貓? 那牠是什麼鬼東東啊? 我是說，牠有貓耳朵，而且牠的名字是 Kittyㄟ! 難道下次你要告訴我史奴比不是狗嗎?
Nick: Well, according to the news, the makers of Hello Kitty revealed that she is actually a little girl. She even has a pet cat of her own named “Charming Kitty”. However, the creators of Snoopy have confirmed that Snoopy IS a dog.
Aaron: Gee! I wouldn’t have pegged you for a Hello Kitty fan. Maybe you should help me pick out a present for my girlfriend.
Nick: Not really. The Internet is abuzz with the revelation since her creators Sanrio set the record straight. Celebrities have been chiming in with opinions about it. I can help you pick out a present though; I’m pretty good at these things.
也不是啦。自從吉蒂的創作者揭露這件事情之後，網路上就鬧得沸沸揚揚的。名人們都想要插嘴表達自己的意見。我可以幫你挑禮物喔，我還頗在行的。[Browsing through the internet瀏覽網頁中]
Nick:Hey! How about this pink Hello Kitty Ferrari?!
Aaron: Nope. Don’t think so.
Expressions and vocabulary
1) up to忙於
He always has this look on his face like he’s up to no good.他總是一副不安好心的臉。
2) merchandise (n.)商品
I’ll give you a call when the merchandise arrives at the store.商品到店時，我會打電話給你。
3) I hate to break it to you很不想潑你冷水
I hate to break it to you, but you failed the upgrade test.我不想當掃興的人，但是你沒考過試。
4) what the heck?搞什麼?
What the heck is up with all these people wearing glasses with no glass?這些人帶著沒有鏡片的眼鏡到底是在搞什麼鬼?
5) reveal (v.)揭露
Lots of people were eagerly waiting for Apple to reveal the new iPhone 6.許多人渴望的等著蘋果公司發布蘋果第六代手機。
6) gee (interj.)老天爺啊
Gee, your hair smells terrific!天啊~你頭髮聞起來很香。
7) confirm (v.) 確認
I’m calling to confirm your appointment for tomorrow.我打來是想要確認明天的預約。
8) peg someone for標記某人…為
I pegged him for a teacher, but he’s actually an engineer.我以為他是老師，沒想到是一位工程師。
9) pick out 挑選
Could you help me pick out a costume for Halloween?可以幫我挑一件萬聖節變裝服嗎?
10) abuzz (adj.)嗡嗡作響沸沸揚揚
The internet is abuzz with news about the gutter oil scandal.網路上有關於餿水油的新聞鬧得沸沸揚揚。
11) set the record straight更正
Let me set the record straight. I’m not pregnant. I just gained a bit of weight.讓我釐清事實，我沒有懷孕，我只是變胖一點點而已。
12) chime in插嘴
Feel free to chime in anytime with a question or a comment.有問題或意見請隨時加入討論。