发布时间：2012-3-25 14:13:00|| 点击：3879次|| 文章分类：口译专题|| 发布人：翻译家(Fanyijia.com)
Neil: Hello and welcome to The English We Speak, I'm Neil.
Li: And I'm Li. Neil, is that a new watch?
Neil: Yes I got it from my parents.
Li: Oh that's nice.
Neil: Did I tell you I'm going on holiday soon?
Li: No, where?
Neil: To Hawaii.
Li: Wow, how can you afford a holiday to Hawaii?
Neil: My in-laws paid for it. We told them it was too expensive but, you know,
we just need a holiday.
Li: Hmm… so your in-laws have paid for your holiday too…
Neil: I'm thinking of giving up work actually, Li.
Li: Giving up work? What about the cost of living?
Neil: Oh my wife can work. You know what, Li? I really need to move into a bigger house in a nicer part of London.
哦，我老婆能搞定啦。 你知道吗，Li, 我真应该住进伦敦好一点的地方并且住进大一点的房子。
Li: But you just said you're going to give up work! How can you afford a new house if you have no job?
Neil: My grandparents will give me some money. They always do.
Li: Neil, there's a word for people like you.
You're a sponger!
Neil: A sponger!? How rude!
A: When I was at university I didn't have no money at all. I had to buy second-hand clothes and I could never afford to go out for a meal even though I had a part-time job.
B: Yeah me too, but there were all these other students with cars and designer labels eating in expensive restaurants all paid for by Daddy. A: What a bunch of spongers.
是呀，我也是！ 但是到处会见到那些靠有钱老子开私家车用牌子货上高档餐馆的学生。 一群寄生虫！
Li: A sponger is a person who gets money, food and other things from other people without paying. Often it's used very negatively to describe people who live off state benefits.
Neil: Just like a sponge.
Li: Yes, a sponge.
Neil: A sponge soaks up the water all around it A sponger soaks up gifts, food and money without working. And it can also be used as a verb – to sponge off someone.
海面会把周围的水都吸收到。 一个寄生虫般的人会从别人那里蹭礼物蹭食物蹭钱。 同时也可以当作动词来使用to sponge off someone（向某人蹭东西）。
Li: It's also a verb 'to sponge off someone.' Be careful to use the word 'off' with this verb.
这个词也可以用做动词 to sponge off someone 啃别人。 注意这个动词词组里要使用 off。
Neil: Whether it's a verb or a noun, it's still not a nice thing to say about someone, Li.
Li: Well I'm sorry to be rude, but it's true – you are a sponger.
Neil: Yea,you're right. I'm a sponger but I'm proud of it. Do you fancy taking me out for dinner? There's a fantastic restaurant I've been meaning to go to. It's very expensive, but you can afford it Li.
你算是说对了！ 我是吃白食的人但是我以此为荣！ 想请我吃顿饭吗？ 有一家很不错的餐馆我一直都想去。 非常贵但是Li你一定吃得起！
Li: He's trying to sponge a meal off me! What a sponger…