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Part 1 Hardcore Gamer

原文作者:佚名

  (link makes an internet call to his fellow online gamer zelda.)
  link: hey zelda, can i ask you about something?①i’ve got a bit of a situation on my hands.
   zelda: sure, link. what can i do to help?
  link: well, you know how i spent all last week leveling up on that side mission?
   zelda: i remember. i still can’t believe you built up as many experience points as you did in such a short time.
   link: well that’s what a few all-nighters will do for you. anyway, cuz of all the intense sessions i’ve been getting into, i decided to 1)splurge on this new 2)ergonomic gaming chair. [论文网] 
   zelda: do you mean the new gamemaster 10,000? that’s over 500 bucks! how can you afford it?
   link: ②i borrowed some money from my mom, and told her it was for school supplies and what not.③anyway, i’ve only had the chair a few days and it’s already on the fritz! ④you know any place around here that can get to the bottom of it?
   zelda: wait a second! can we get back to the fact that you spent your mom’s hard earned money on such a 3)luxurious 4)accessory?
   link: but this wasn’t just some 5)impulse buy. i needed it.
  zelda: firstly, you’re the only kid i know who lives off-campus, and alone, for the sole purpose of gaming. does your mom provide your rent money as well?
   link: of course she does! i don’t have time for a job with so many missions to complete. and i just downloaded the newest expansion pack too.
   zelda: do you even go to class anymore?
  link: some of them, unless i’ve got urgent business to attend to online, if you know what i mean.
   zelda: this is no joking matter. i think you’ve got a serious online video-game addiction, and i don’t really feel comfortable further enabling your 6)obsession.
   link: you’ve gotta be kidding me?! so what if i like online fantasy worlds more than real-life? that’s not a crime.
   zelda: no, it’s not a crime. but it is a shame. i used to like hanging out with you in the“real world,” where people eat real meals and engage in real-life conversations about things 7)pertaining to reality. the real world misses you.
   link: well i don’t miss the real world. fantasy is much more fun and exciting.
   zelda: but it’s not exciting, for those of us who used to be your nearest and dearest, watching you slowly 8)wither away. i haven’t actually seen you, in a physical sense, in weeks. and the last time i did, you had lost nearly 30 pounds. ⑤you’re becoming a mere shell of your former self, and it’s just sad to watch.

 link: geez…9)dramatic much?
  zelda: i can’t take it anymore. you need help…real-life help…and i’m not equipped to deal with it.
   link: you don’t know what you’re talking about. i am perfectly fine. hello? zelda, you there?? hmmm… ⑥maybe things are

getting a bit out of hand…
   smart sentences① i’ve got a bit of a situation on my hands. 我遇到了一个难题。wWW.11665.Com
  on sb.’s hands: sth. sb. has to deal with(某人必须处理某事)。例如:
  the deadline is tomorrow and i still have a lot of work on my hands.
  明天就是截止日期了,我手头上还有许多工作。
  ② i borrowed some money from my mom, and told her it was for school supplies and what not. 我向我妈借了些钱,告诉她是用来交学校的费用等等。
   what not: refer vaguely to other things similar to some things mentioned before(在提到一些事情后,含糊地指其他类似的事情)。例如:
   it was a relaxing weekend. i spent time watching tv, reading and what not.
  这周末很放松,我看看电视、看看书,等等。
  ③ anyway, i’ve only had the chair a few days and it’s already on the fritz!总之,那张椅子我才用几天就出问题了!
   on the fritz: not operating, not operating correctly(出故障)。例如:
  the printer has been on the fritz for almost two weeks.
  打印机一直在出问题,都快两周了。
  ④ you know any place around here that can get to the bottom of it? 你知道这附近有维修它的地方吗?
   get to the bottom of sth.: find out the real cause/ answer of sth.(探明真相,弄清起因)。例如:
   if you want to get to the bottom of his falling grades, you probably need to talk to his teachers and school friends.
   如果你想弄明白他成绩下降的原因,你可能要跟老师和同学谈谈。
  ⑤ you’re becoming a mere shell of your former self, and it’s just sad to watch. 你不再是以前的你了,这真让人揪心。
   a mere shell of one’s former self: sb. has changed a lot(某人发生了很大变化)。例如:
  do you know john is a mere shell of his former self since he returned from the afghan war?
   你知不知道约翰从阿富汗战场回来后发生了很大的变化?
  ⑥ maybe things are getting a bit out of hand… 也许事情一发不可收拾了。
  get out of hand: sb. doesn’t have control over sth.(非某人所能控制,失控)。例如:
  the talent shows have gotten out of hand, and now audiences are getting tired of it.
   选秀节目如今已经失控,观众也厌倦了。
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