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  • - Hello, this is Jack from tofluency.com

    - 你好,我是tofluency.com的Jack。

  • and this is my wife Kate.

    這是我的妻子凱特。

  • - Hi!

    - 嗨!

  • - Now we are back with another conversation

    - 現在我們回來了 另一種說法

  • that will allow you to learn English

    能讓你學習英語的

  • in a very natural way.

    以一種非常自然的方式。

  • And in this conversation, we're going to talk about summer.

    而在這次談話中,我們 要談的夏天。

  • But before we do, be sure to go to tofluency.com/summer

    但在我們這樣做之前,一定要 前往tofluency.com/summer。

  • to get the transcripts,

    以獲取成績單。

  • to find out how you can get the transcript

    以瞭解如何獲得成績單。

  • and different words and phrases

    和不同的詞句

  • that are taken from this lesson.

    是取自本課的。

  • So yeah, we're going to talk about summer today.

    所以,是的,我們要 今天說說夏天。

  • It was Kate's idea for the topic.

    這是凱特對這個話題的想法。

  • So why don't you lead us off.

    那你為什麼不帶領我們離開呢?

  • - Sure.

    - 當然可以

  • So summer actually starts next week for us,

    所以夏天其實 下週開始我們。

  • when we're making this video.

    當我們在做這個視頻的時候。

  • So even though the weather's hot,

    所以即使天氣很熱。

  • it's just about to be summer.

    它只是即將是夏天。

  • So my question, if I can kick it off with a question,

    所以我的問題是,如果我可以 以一個問題作為開場白。

  • is summer your favorite season?

    夏天是你最喜歡的季節嗎?

  • - No. - Explain your answer.

    - 不知道 - 解釋一下你的答案。

  • - Okay, my favorite season is spring.

    - 好吧,我最喜歡的季節是春天。

  • It used to be summer.

    以前是夏天。

  • When I was growing up in the UK.

    當我在英國長大的時候。

  • And that's because that's when we, potentially,

    那是因為那是 當我們,有可能。

  • had the best weather.

    有最好的天氣。

  • Spring was always chilly,

    春天總是很冷的。

  • it was never really that warm.

    它從來沒有真正的溫暖。

  • But then summer also used to be the time

    但夏天也曾經是

  • when you had the break from school.

    當你從學校休息的時候。

  • You had the break from whatever you were doing at that time.

    你有休息從什麼 你當時在做什麼。

  • Like university, college, well we call it college,

    比如大學,學院。 我們稱它為大學。

  • and school.

    和學校。

  • So I used to love the summer holidays.

    所以我以前很喜歡暑假。

  • I used to love them.

    我以前很喜歡他們。

  • We did so many fun things.

    我們做了很多有趣的事情。

  • But now I think it's spring.

    但現在我覺得是春天了。

  • Because it's a lot fresher, it's not as humid.

    因為它是一個很大的 比較新鮮,沒有那麼潮溼。

  • And you have all the period of

    你有所有的時期

  • warm weather ahead of you.

    溫暖的天氣在你面前。

  • So you start and you say, "Okay, from now on

    所以你開始,你 說:"好,從現在開始

  • "we're going to have so many months,

    "我們會有這麼幾個月的時間。

  • "where it's not gonna be cold.

    "在那裡它不會是冷的,

  • "Where we can do things outside,

    "我們可以在外面做事的地方。

  • "we can go swimming, et cetera."

    "我們可以去游泳,等等。"

  • - So almost like the anticipation of summer

    - 所以幾乎像 夏天的到來

  • is better than summer?

    是比夏天好?

  • - Yes.

    - 是的,我知道

  • Yeah because every week is another week where

    是啊,因為每個星期 又是一個星期,在這裡

  • it's going to get darker earlier.

    天色會更早的變暗。

  • Not really cooler, but you just have less time

    雖然不是很酷,但 你只是沒有時間

  • of that season.

    的那個季節。

  • And we're getting very close

    我們已經非常接近了

  • to the summer solstice, aren't we?

    到夏至,不是嗎?

  • - Mm-hmm, yeah absolutely.

    - 嗯,嗯,是的,絕對的。

  • - It's gonna be in a week or so.

    - 一個星期左右就會到了。

  • - Yeah, less than a week.

    - 是啊,不到一週的時間。

  • - Yeah and this is the time when

    - 是啊,這是時間,當

  • it's the longest day of the year.

    這是一年中最長的一天。

  • What about you?

    你呢?

  • - To be honest, it's the same.

    - 說實話,這是一樣的。

  • Summer has been my favorite season.

    夏天一直是我最喜歡的季節。

  • I would say right now, it's not my favorite season.

    我想說,現在,它是 不是我最喜歡的季節。

  • Because again, it's just a little bit too hot

    因為同樣,它只是 有點過熱

  • to enjoy the days outside.

    來享受外面的日子。

  • Because we live in the south of the United States,

    因為我們生活在 美國南部。

  • it gets up into the mid 80s and beyond.

    它得到了到80年代中期和以後。

  • We have a lot of thunder showers in the afternoon.

    我們有很多雷電 下午有陣雨。

  • So I think that it's not my favorite season,

    所以我認為,這是 不是我最喜歡的季節。

  • but there's just something special about summer.

    但就是有些 夏天的特別。

  • All of the light and the outdoor activities, and the food.

    所有的燈光和戶外 活動,以及食物。

  • - Yeah, like what I enjoy about it,

    - 是啊,喜歡我喜歡的東西。

  • and you have to try and make the most of it,

    你必須嘗試和 充分利用它。

  • going swimming.

    去游泳。

  • So to find an outdoor pool,

    所以要找一個室外游泳池。

  • and just to feel really fresh and cool

    只是為了讓自己感到新鮮和涼爽

  • when it's hot outside.

    當外面很熱的時候。

  • I also like staying out late, like outdoors.

    我也喜歡呆在外面 晚,像戶外。

  • So we don't get the opportunity to do this

    所以我們沒有機會這樣做

  • as much these days, but just to sit on the porch,

    這年頭 只是為了坐在門廊上。

  • have a cup of tea, or have a beer.

    喝杯茶,或者喝杯啤酒。

  • Listen to the insects, the noises that they make

    聽聽昆蟲的聲音。 嘩啦啦

  • and just relax, that's what I like about summer.

    放鬆,那是 我喜歡夏天的原因。

  • - And around here, we also have lightning bugs.

    - 而在這裡,我們 也有閃電蟲。

  • Do you have lightning bugs in the UK?

    英國有閃電蟲嗎?

  • - It's very rare to see one.

    - 很難得一見。

  • I remember one time when I saw one,

    我記得有一次我看到一個。

  • but that might have been on holiday or something.

    但那可能是 放假或什麼的。

  • But no we don't.

    但不,我們沒有。

  • Lightning bugs, they're also called fireflies?

    閃電蟲,他們是 也叫螢火蟲?

  • - Yes.

    - 是的,我知道

  • - You can call them both.

    - 你可以叫他們兩個。

  • And they're these little flies that,

    他們是這些小蒼蠅,。

  • I guess, what category of insect?

    我猜,是哪一類的昆蟲?

  • - I'm not sure. - Maybe a beetle?

    - 我不確定 - 也許是甲蟲?

  • - Yeah, they look like beetles.

    - 是啊,他們看起來像甲蟲。

  • - And they light up.

    - 他們就會亮起來。

  • And I think about mid-July,

    而我想大概在7月中旬。

  • it's incredible isn't it?

    不可思議吧

  • - Yeah.

    - 是啊。

  • - So they start in the ground, and then they move up

    - 所以,他們開始在 地面,然後他們向上

  • into the trees.

    到樹上。

  • And then they just flash don't they?

    然後他們就閃了,不是嗎?

  • - Yeah, it's like a light show.

    - 是啊,這就像一個燈光秀。

  • Not the most exciting light show,

    不是最精彩的燈光秀。

  • but I think that it's still just incredible to me.

    但我認為,它仍然是 對我來說只是不可思議。

  • Like even as an adult.

    就像即使是成年後。

  • Just to watch, it's really exciting.

    只是看,真的很刺激。

  • And that to me, sitting on a porch after dark,

    而這對我來說,坐在 天黑後在門廊上。

  • watching the fireflies is like the ultimate summer activity.

    看螢火蟲就像 夏天的終極活動。

  • - Yeah, and listening to the crickets at the same time.

    - 是啊,聽了 蟋蟀在同一時間。

  • But then, what can happen is,

    但後來,能發生的是。

  • that's when the mosquitoes come.

    那是當蚊子來了。

  • - Yes.

    - 是的,我知道

  • - So I think summer is one of those times when

    - 所以我認為夏天是 屆時

  • a lot of things improve.

    很多事情的改善。

  • You can do different things outside,

    你可以在外面做不同的事情。

  • but they're also different problems,

    但它們也是不同的問題。

  • with the heat and the mosquitoes.

    炎熱的天氣和蚊子。

  • It's the same for every season.

    每個季節都是一樣的。

  • There's always going to be advantages

    總是會有優勢的

  • and disadvantages to it.

    以及它的缺點。

  • - So I was thinking too that we could talk about

    - 所以我也在想 我們可以談論

  • what are some activities for the summer

    暑假有哪些活動

  • that are really unique to where we live

    在我們生活的地方,真正獨特的

  • to Asheville, North Carolina?

    到北卡羅來納州的阿什維爾?

  • - Yeah, splashville? - Splashville.

    - 是啊,Splashville? - Splashville.

  • - Yeah, that's like these fountains downtown,

    - 是啊,這就像 這些噴泉在市中心。

  • you can see it in movies, don't you?

    你可以在電影中看到它,不是嗎?

  • They're not as spectacular as movies,

    它們沒有電影那麼壯觀。

  • but you have like a flat area with these fountains

    但你有像一個平 泉域

  • that spring water out.

    那泉水出來。

  • Is that the right verb to you, spring water?

    是這個動詞嗎? 對你來說,泉水?

  • - Spring water, shoot water?

    - 泉水、射水?

  • - Yeah, they shoot water out of the fountains.

    - 是的,他們射水 出的噴泉。

  • And the kids and some adults as well,

    還有孩子們和一些成年人也是如此。

  • they just go around and enjoy it.

    他們只是到處去享受它。

  • And it's a really good way to take your kids somewhere

    這是一個非常好的方法 帶你的孩子去一個地方

  • that isn't a pool, but they can still get that water.

    這不是一個游泳池,但他們 還能喝到那種水。

  • What else is there around Asheville?

    阿什維爾周圍還有什麼?

  • - So river, river activities.

    - 所以河,河活動。

  • - Yeah river.

    - 是啊,河。

  • - So you mentioned going out to an out door pool?

    - 所以你說要去 出到門外游泳池?

  • I think what's even probably more typical around here

    我想更可能的是 比較典型

  • is to find swimming holes.

    是為了尋找游泳洞。

  • So if you go out into the woods,

    所以如果你到樹林裡去。

  • and there are places where the river's a little bit deeper,

    而有些地方 河水有點深。

  • because we're in the mountains

    因為我們在山上

  • and there's a lot of mountain rivers,

    而且有很多山河。

  • there's places where the river is deeper

    水深火熱

  • and you can actually go swimming

    你可以真正去游泳

  • and waterfalls to swim near too.

    還有瀑布也可以在附近游泳。

  • So it's always very cold and refreshing.

    所以總是很冷清,很清爽。

  • And it's just exciting to kind of be out there

    而這只是令人興奮 某種程度上,在那裡

  • in the middle of nature

    荒郊野嶺

  • and explore.

    和探索。

  • - Yeah, no that's another one yeah,

    - 是的,不,這是另一個是的。

  • the swimming holes.

    泳洞。

  • So it's basically like why the river is very quiet

    所以,它基本上像為什麼 水深火熱

  • it's kind of like a swimming pool within the river system.

    宛如游泳 河系內的水池。

  • Yeah, they are god fun.

    是啊,他們是神的樂趣。

  • And also tubing as well.

    還有管子也是。

  • - Yes, tubing.

    - 是的,管子。

  • - Which is where you float down the river.

    - 也就是你在河裡漂流的地方。

  • Are you gonna talk about the last time you did it?

    你要談的是 你最後一次做的時候?

  • - No, well we can just say in one sentence.

    - 不,好吧,我們可以只是 一言以蔽之。

  • I got a terrible, terrible sun burn.

    我被嚴重的,可怕的晒傷。

  • So always remember sun screen when you're tubing.

    所以要永遠記住太陽 屏,當你在管。

  • All over.

    遍地都是。

  • - Yeah, we were rushing and Kate missed a bit.

    - 是啊,我們是衝著來的 和凱特錯過了一點。

  • It was really bad, wasn't it?

    這真的很糟糕,不是嗎?

  • But, it was a lot of fun while we were on the river.

    但是,這是很有趣的 當我們在河邊的時候

  • And my sister was here.

    而我妹妹也在這裡。

  • And usually it's between two and five hours, I'd say.

    而且通常是在 兩到五個小時,我想說。

  • You can get into the river at different points

    你可以進入 各處

  • and you can use any kind of like flotation device,

    而你可以使用任何類型的 的類似浮選裝置。

  • what's it called, a tube?

    這叫什麼,管子?

  • - A tube, yeah.

    - 一根管子,是的。

  • - But there were different kind of things you can have.

    - 但也有不同的 樣的東西,你可以有。

  • But the most basic one is like a rubber ring

    但最基本的一個 猶如橡皮圈

  • where it's like round, it's like a donut.

    在那裡它像圓形,它像一個甜甜圈。

  • And you sit in it.

    而你坐在裡面。

  • But then they realized I think that,

    但後來他們意識到,我認為。

  • "Hey let's make this more comfortable."

    "嘿,讓我們讓這個更舒服。"

  • So they'll put something at the bottom, so you can sit on.

    所以他們會把東西放在 底部,所以你可以坐在。

  • Like a back support as well.

    像背靠背一樣。

  • And then usually people will take another tube

    然後通常人們 再拿一管

  • and fill it with things to drink and eat

    並裝滿了喝的和吃的東西

  • while you're floating down the river.

    當你在河上漂流的時候。

  • And then there are these different bars and restaurants

    還有這些 不同的酒吧和餐廳

  • that you can stop at, get out the river and just go there.

    你可以停在那裡,下車 河,就去那裡。

  • And it creates a very

    而且它創造了一個非常

  • like a really fun atmosphere, doesn't it?

    像一個非常有趣的氣氛,不是嗎?

  • Because people, they've been on the river for hours,

    因為人們,他們已經 已經在河上呆了幾個小時了。

  • then they come into a bar and they're happy.

    然後他們就進入 吧,他們很高興。

  • They're really happy.

    他們真的很高興。

  • - And there's other sports too.

    - 而且還有其他的運動項目。

  • Like paddle boarding is really popular now.

    就像划船一樣 現在真的很流行。

  • Kayaking, and people going canoes.

    皮划艇,還有人去劃獨木舟。

  • So it's just nice, it always has a little bit of

    所以它只是很好,它 總有一點

  • that festive atmosphere

    喜氣洋洋

  • of people really enjoying getting out

    的人真的很喜歡出去玩

  • in the sun on the river.

    在河邊的陽光下。

  • - Another thing that people do as well

    - 另一件事,人們也在做

  • is they go on hikes to higher altitudes

    是他們去徒步到更高的海拔。

  • so that you can escape the heat a little bit.

    好讓你逃脫 熱一點點。

  • So there is one, Mount Mitchell,

    所以有一個,米切爾山。

  • which I think is the highest peak

  • in the eastern United States.

    在美國東部。

  • Did you know that?

    你知道嗎?

  • - I didn't know that.

    - 我不知道這一點。

  • I'm sorry, I didn't hide my surprise very well.

    對不起,我沒有隱瞞。 我的驚喜非常好。

  • - So you can go there and it's a lot cooler.

    - 所以你可以去那裡 而且還涼快多了。

  • You also got incredible views too.

    你也得到了令人難以置信的觀點了。

  • - Oh yeah, there's some really beautiful views.

    - 哦,是的,有一些 真的很美麗的景色。

  • So there's a road called The Parkway

    所以有一條路叫百匯路

  • that goes through our town

    穿城而過

  • and you can take it up really far into the mountains

    你可以把它 深山老林

  • and just see these incredible vistas

    看到這些不可思議的景色

  • of mountains all the way around.

    的山脈,一路走來。

  • - And there are different stop off points where you can

    - 而且有不同的 停靠點

  • go and take in the view.

    去欣賞一下風景。

  • What are they called?

    它們叫什麼?

  • Like they call them observation?

    就像他們所說的觀察?

  • A look out. - look outs, yeah.

    一個看出來。 - 瞭望,是的。

  • - Yeah, look outs.

    - 是啊,看外面。

  • Which just means that you look out

    這只是意味著,你看出來

  • at everything that you see.

    在你看到的一切。

  • But that's a lot of fun to do as well.

    但這也是一個很有趣的事情。

  • - And in some of our favorite look outs

    - 而在我們最喜歡的一些外觀

  • and places to stop, there are wild blueberries

    和停靠的地方,有 野生藍莓

  • that grow in the summer.

    長在夏天的。

  • So I think also going out and getting to eat wild berries,

    所以我覺得也要出去 得到吃野生漿果。

  • there's blueberries and black berries.

    有藍莓和黑莓。

  • It's just that extra little bit of fun.

    就是多了那麼一點樂趣。

  • So we can't wait.

    所以我們不能再等了。

  • We've only been on one big hike

    我們只參加過一次大的徒步旅行而已

  • with our son since he was born.

    自從我們的兒子出生後,和他在一起。

  • But that's something that's on my summer bucket list.

    但這是的東西,是 在我的夏季清單上。

  • What's on your summer bucket list?

    你的夏季清單上有什麼?

  • - I mean just to try and take advantage of things

    - 我的意思是,只是為了嘗試和 佔便宜

  • and to get out earlier.

    並早些離開。

  • Because if you wait until 11,

    因為如果你等到11點。

  • it's usually a little bit too hot then.

    它通常是一個有點太熱了,然後。

  • - Yeah, definitely.

    - 是的,絕對的。

  • - To get outside and to do things.

    - 到外面去做事情。

  • But we also really enjoy going to

    但我們也非常喜歡去

  • different, mainly breweries.

    不同,主要是啤酒廠。

  • Ironically, I think we might have talked about this before

    諷刺的是,我認為我們可能 早就說過