李华和Larry星期六早上一起去吃午饭。今天我们要学两个常用语：get a leg up on 和 crush.
LH: Larry, 一星期没见，你最近是不是特别忙？
LL: Hi Li Hua. It has been a busy week.
LH: 下星期是不是就没事了？你陪我去看Disney On Ice冰上迪斯尼怎么样？
LL: Unfortunately I think next week might be even busier. We are bidding against our top competitor for a huge advertising contract, so everybody is going to have to work especially hard to win it.
LL: Yes, although they have a lot of talent, I think we'll be able to get a leg up on the competition.
I think we'll be able to get a leg up on the competition.
LH: A leg up一条腿在上？这是什么意思？
LL: Haha... A leg up on the competition means that we have an advantage over them.
A leg up on the competition means that we have an advantage over them.
LH: 噢， a leg up就是具有优势。
a leg up就是具有优势。
LL: Yes exactly. Because we have got a leg up on our competitors, I'm pretty confident that we'll be able to win the contract.
LL: It's a contract to advertise soda.
LH: 你为什么觉得自己have a leg up on the competition比对手有优势呢？
LL: Although the other company has worked with them in the past, their last ad campaign was not so successful. We on the other hand have been very successful with similar products, so I think we have got a leg up on them.
LL: It is VERY good, especially because if we win this contract, we might all be able to get a bonus this year.
LL: What's new with you Li Hua?
LH: 好消息，我们排球队刚刚杀进小组前四名，下一场比赛是这星期五晚上。你一定要来。虽然对手很厉害，可我们还是有优势。We have a leg up on them.
LL: Why do you say that Li Hua?
LH: That's great. What time is the game?
LH: Hooray! We won!
LL: Won? You crushed them!
LH: Eh? crushed them? 那是什么意思？
LL: Crushed them, it means you beat them severely.
Crushed them, it means you beat them severely.
LL: I don't know, Li Hua, your team was clearly on top. I'd say you crushed them.
LH: 你别忘了，刚开始的时候，她们可是一路领先，I thought they would really crush us.
LL: Well it certainly seems like you were able to come back from behind then for the victory.
LL: I guess that is when you were really able to start crushing them.
LL: It was a really good game to watch. You were on fire out there.
LL: Have I ever! You remember that account I told you about? The ad campaign that we were competing for?
LL: We got the contract! We crushed our competitors and now we'll be in charge of this huge new account.
LH: 太棒了，I'm glad to hear that you crushed them.
LL: We were able to show our past successes, and our rates were much lower than their old company. We really crushed them.
LL: Well the boss is still trying to decide who to put in charge of the project, but I am hoping it will be me.
LL: It will mean a bit more responsibility, but no real change in the hours.
LL: Sounds good to me!
今天李华学了两个常用语。 一个是get a leg up on, 意思是占据优势。另一个是crush, 意思是彻底打败。
一个是get a leg up on, 意思是占据优势。另一个是crush, 意思是彻底打败。