【英语学习】学习美国英语日常对话:在邮局(视频)

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想学说英语吗?我们的学习美国英语日常对话在这里提供一个练习机会。请点击以下录音链接,收听美国人在不同场景中的一段对话,同时还可以参照每篇对话的英文原文和对语言点的中文解释。今天的对话场景是在邮局



Postal clerk: What can I do for you today?

Carol: I need to mail this package to New York, please.

Postal clerk: OK, let’s see how much it weighs … it’s about five pounds. If you send it express, it will get there tomorrow. Or you can send it priority and it will get there by Saturday.

Carol: Saturday is fine. How much will that be?

Postal clerk: $11.35 [eleven thirty-five]. Do you need anything else?

Carol: Oh, yeah! I almost forgot. I need a book of stamps, too.

Postal clerk: OK, your total comes to $20.35 [twenty dollars and thirty-five cents].

语言点

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  • What can I do for you today?(我今天能为您如何效劳?——这是美国服务人员在与顾客打招呼时的常用语。)这个问题是以“What”开头的特殊疑问句,所以句尾用降调。

  • Or, you can send it priority … (或者,你可以选择用优先级邮件)。请注意“or”一词重读,强调有另外一种可能性。

  • $11.35 … $20.35 。请注意邮局工作人员在报价格时使用的两种表达方式。在第一种方式中,他只说数字eleven thirty-five,没有用dollars(美元)和cents(美分)这两个词。在后来第二种方式中,他用的是twenty dollars and thirty-five cents(20美元35美分)。

  • Oh, yeah!(哦,对了!)在这里用来表达“I just remembered something.”(我刚想起一件事)的意思。这句话后面常常是“I almost forgot.”(我差点忘了)。

  • Your total comes to …(你的总额为……)是表示“the cost is ….”(价格是……)的另一种方式。

希望更深入学英语吗?我们这里还有更多内容 。美国国务院也提供各种程度的可供英语教师和学生使用的资源

Everyday conversations for English learners: At the post office

Learning to speak English? Our Everyday Conversations help you practice. Click the audio link to hear a native speaker pronounce each word while you read. Key terms are explained, in your language, at the end of each conversation. Today’s conversation is about going to the post office.

Postal clerk: What can I do for you today?

Carol: I need to mail this package to New York, please.

Postal clerk: OK, let’s see how much it weighs.…It’s about five pounds. If you send it express, it will get there tomorrow. Or, you can send it priority and it will get there by Saturday.

Carol: Saturday is fine. How much will that be?

Postal clerk: $11.35 [eleven thirty-five]. Do you need anything else?

Carol: Oh, yeah! I almost forgot. I need a book of stamps, too.

Postal clerk: OK, your total comes to $20.35 [twenty dollars and thirty-five cents].

Language notes

  • What can I do for you today? Notice that this question starts with “what,” so the intonation drops at the end of the question.

  • Or, you can send it priority: Notice the stress on “or,” which emphasizes that there is another possibility.

  • $11.35…$20.35: Notice the two different ways the postal clerk says the price. First, he says “eleven thirty-five,” without the words “dollars” and “cents”, then he says “twenty dollars and thirty-five cents.”

  • Oh, yeah! is an expression used here to mean “I just remembered something.” It’s often followed by “I almost forgot.”

  • Your total comes to is a way of saying “the cost is….”

Ready to learn more English? Our materials can help. And the U.S. Department of State has great resources for English teachers and students of all levels.

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