【新概念英语三】第15课 Fifty Pence Worth of Trouble 五十便士的麻烦
Children always appreciate small gifts of money. Mum or dad, of course, provide a regular supply of pocket money, but uncles and ants are always a source of extra income. With some children, small sums go a long way. If fifty pence pieces are not exchanged for sweets, they rattle for months inside money boxes. Only very thrifty children manage to fill up a money box. For most of them, fifty pence is a small price to pay for a nice big bar of chocolate.
My nephew, George, has a money box but it is always empty. Very few of the fifty
pence pieces and pound coins I have given him have found heir way there. I gave him fifty pence yesterday and advised him to save it. Instead he bought himself fifty pence worth of trouble. On his way to the sweet shop, he dropped his fifty pence and it bounced along the pavement and then disappeared down a drain. George took off
his jacket, rolled up his sleeves and pushed is right arm through the drain cover. He could not find his fifty pence piece anywhere, and what is more, he could no get his arm out. A crowd of people gathered round him and a lady rubbed his arm with soap and butter, but George was firmly stuck. The fire brigade was called and two fire fighter freed George using a special type of grease. George was not too upset by his experience because the lady who owns the sweet shop heard about his troubles and rewarded him with large box of chocolates.
appreciate v. 欣赏，感激
thrifty adj. 节约的
nephew n. 侄子，外甥
bounce v. 弹起，跳起
pavement n. 人行道
stick v. 卡住，夹住
brigade n. 旅，（消防）队
grease n. 润滑油
英英：recognize with gratitude; be grateful for
1. I really appreciate your help.
2.He knows how to appreciate poetry.
3.We appreciate your efforts for the development of company.
1.Memories of hard years made the old woman excessively thrifty.
2.The thrifty man sets aside some money each month for a rainy day.
英英：move up and down repeatedly
1.If you drop it, it will bounce back.
2.Perhaps birth rates will bounce back.
3.How much damage can a famous brand take and still bounce back?
bounce back 反弹；迅速恢复活力
bounce off 弹开，反弹
bounce up and down 上下弹跳
英英：stay put in a certain place
1.A fish-bone stuck in his throat.
stick with 坚持；继续做；保持联系
stick it out 坚持到底
stick in 在家
stick together 在一起；团结一致；互相支持
stick on 保持在…之上；贴上
【go a long way】
【what is more】