- 2017年08月14日11:30 来源：小站整理
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1. Do you like doing housework?
No I can’t stand doing housework to be honest with you. I mean, I just find it a lot of effort. And I also don’t like getting my hands dirty, so I avoid it whenever I can!
I find it a lot of effort– 我觉得很麻烦
Another possible answer:
No, I wouldn’t say I do, cos I find it kind of tedious. But saying that, I do get quite a nice feeling when I’ve finished it and everything looks clean and tidy!
Tedious - 单调沉闷的;枯燥的;乏味的;令人生厌的 If you describe something such as a job, task, or situation as tedious, you mean it is boring and rather frustrating.
clean and tidy - 干净整洁
2. How do you think housework could be made more interesting?
That’s a good question. I guess um... it could be made into a game, I suppose, for example have a competition with your friend to see who can, like, clean a room the fastest. That could possibly make it a bit more interesting and exciting. Um…What else? Uh let me see... that’s all I can really think of, I’m afraid – just make some game out of it!
Like - 表示思考下Some people say like when they are thinking about what to say next
Put on the radio on while you’re doing the housework.
Listen to an audio book or something while you’re doing it.
3. Did your parents ask you to do housework when you were a child?
Yeah they did. Mainly it was, like, tidying my room, cos it was always quite messy. Yeah, that was the main thing. And uh, what else? Oh yeah, sometimes they would ask me to help with the washing up, but that was pretty much it. So I guess I’m kind of lucky, in that my mum did most of the housework.
Messy – untidy; 乱
washing up = washing the dishes; 洗碗
that was pretty much it– 差不多就这些
No, on the whole, they didn’t because they wanted me to focus on my homework. Occasionally, I did do a little bit to help, like sweeping or mopping the floor, if there was a lot to be done, but by and large, I escaped doing most of the household chores, so I was pretty lucky I suppose!
Sweep the floor – 扫地
Mop the floor – 拖地
By and large - 总的来说
Household chores - 家务活 (another way to say housework)
4. Do you think children should do some housework?
Yeah I think it’s a good thing for children to do. You know, I’d say it kind of prevents them from taking things for granted, and um, it also helps develop a good work ethic.
Take it for granted - 视为当然; 认为…理所当然
Work ethic – 工作态度
5. Which do you think is better for doing housework, a machine or a person?
I think, on the whole, a person is better, because a machine might miss out a few bits. Just to give you an example, I’ve seen in some electrical appliance stores these robots that move in a random motion sucking up the dust off the floor. And to me it looks pretty inefficient, because they might go over the same spots repeatedly whilst missing out other areas. And this is not something a person would do. Having said that, I think a combination of both – i.e. humans operating certain machines, like vacuum cleaners, is probably the most ideal way to do housework.
Move in a random motion - 随机运动，无规则运动
Having said that – 但话又说回来
i.e. - 亦即;也就是 i.e .is used to introduce a word or sentence which makes what you have just said clearer or gives details. (Pronounced “I” “E”)
Operate – 操作
6. In the future, do you think machines will replace humans for doing housework?
Not completely, no, because, as I mentioned just now, machines often need humans to operate them, so I think, in all likelihood, it will continue to be a combination of both machines and humans.
as I mentioned just now – 就像我刚才所说的
in all likelihood – 十有八九