今天我们要学两个常用语：make light of something和in over one's head.
LH: Larry, 我早就想学冲浪了，听说夏威夷是世界上最适合冲浪的地方。
LL: Really? I've also heard that the waters have big sharks. Are you sure you wouldn't rather build sand castles?
LH: 在海边用沙子堆城堡？哈，Larry, 你是不是害怕了？放心，鲨鱼看见咱俩，一定会选择我。
LL: I wouldn't make light of the situation, Lihua. There really are sharks!
LH: Make light of the situation? 那是什么意思啊？
LL: You can say that you make light of a situation when you joke about something that is actually very serious.
LH: 哦， to make light of 一件事情就是拿正经事当儿戏。那你是说海水里真的有鲨鱼，我不应该拿咱俩谁的肉更香开玩笑喽？
LL: Right! Now, Lihua, you're a good swimmer, right? The ocean is pretty strong here.
LH: 我以前上中学的时候还是游泳校队的呢。这点海浪难不倒我，Larry, 你怎么今天好象特别的婆婆妈妈。
LL: Well, I just wouldn't make light of the fact that the currents can be very dangerous.
LL: Haha, very funny. You know, you can also say that you take something lightly when you don't treat it as seriously as you should.
LH: 哦，就是不把正经事当回事儿的意思。Larry, 我是来渡假的，不是来学英语的，咱们还是赶快下水吧！
LL: Wait! First we should put on some sunscreen. Getting a sun burn is really unhealthy, so we don't want to take that lightly.
LL: Yeah, we shouldn't take skin cancer lightly, so I always try not to get a tan.
LL: Sure. You go in first and make sure the sharks aren't hungry. I'll follow once I know it's safe.
LH: Wow, Larry, 太过瘾了。我准备辞掉工作，留下来做职业冲浪运动员。
LL: Not me. I think half the water in the ocean went up my nose.
LL: I don't know, Lihua. I think I might be in over my head.
LH: 你说什么？In over your head? 你意思是站在深水里，水快要没过头了吗？
LL: Right! You can say that you are in over your head when you are facing a challenge that you aren't able to handle.
LH: 哦，我明白了，in over one's head意思是太难了，难以驾驭。你是说自己学不会冲浪吗？
LL: Right. For another example, in college, I once tried to take a physics class, but I soon realized I was in over my head because I'm really bad at math.
LH: 这我太能理解了，我数学也不好，所以物理课一直是我的弱项。你说Larry, 咱们明天到底干嘛？去爬山如何？
LL: You want to hike on one of the volcanoes?
LL: Well Lihua, neither of us is an experienced hiker. I don't want to go far out in the forest and realize we are in over our heads.
LH: 要不找个导游？对了，Larry, 我有个更好的主意。我们可以骑车环岛游！
LL: I don't know....I'm not in good shape, and that is a really long bike ride. I think I would be in over my head.
LH: 那你说，咱们干点什么才能不让你in over your head呢？
LL: Well you know, our hotel offers an all-day massage and spa treatment. I think I could handle that.
LL: Well, it's important to rest on vacation. I don't take relaxation lightly.
LL: Really? What's that?
LH: Sailing! 坐船出海去。
今天李桦学了两个常用语。一个是make light of, 意思是不认真，当儿戏。另一个是in over one's head, 意思是太难。
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