Jessica 在北京学汉语,她的中国朋友要是遇到了不知道用美语怎么说的词,就会来请教她。今天是Lulu要问的:短板。

Jessica: Hi, Lulu, how's your new job treating you?

LL: 唉,还可以吧。不过我觉得同事们都很强势,弄得我不敢说话。这种内向害羞,真是我的短板!

Jessica: 短板?

LL: 短板就是我的弱点,缺点。哎?这用美语该怎么说呢?

Jessica: I see. It is your weak point, or shortcoming.

LL: 哦,短板在美语中就是 weak point, 或者 shortcoming. I think being shy is my weakest point. I really should be more aggressive.

Jessica: Don't worry. Sometimes it takes me time to open up to people too. You should stick to your strengths by showing your co-workers what you're good at.

LL: 你是说,让我多向同事展示自己拿手的方面,stick to my strengths, 就是扬长避短,对么?

Jessica: 没错!

LL: 说是这么说,可是现在,我们组我资历最浅,好像觉得插不上嘴,好象局外人。

Jessica: As I said, you just need some time to warm up. It's natural to find it a bit challenging to fit in at the beginning, but you'll be fine very soon! Talk to your co-workers! Ask them stupid questions! They won't see you as a poor fit.

LL: a poor fit? 这又是什么意思啊?

Jessica: You find people or things a poor fit if they don't suit you, or don't get along with you. For example, if someone is a poor fit in a team, he is not working well with other team members.

LL: 明白了,a poor fit 就是不合适,如果一个团队里有个人不合群,他就是 a poor fit for the team.

Jessica: That's right. Lulu, I'm sure you're a good fit for the team. Now let's see what you've learned today!

LL: 今天我们学了,短板是 weak point, 或者 shortcoming; 扬长避短是 stick to your strengths; 不合适,不合群是 a poor fit.