Organizing a Delivery(1)
K: Kevin M: Marco E: DHL employee
Even though Kevin got rid of some old stuff, he’s still got a whole lot of things he needs to ship back to Taiwan.
K: Glad that’s all sorted out. I only got 50 bucks from Goodwill, but at least I’m down to(2) shipping only one box. Where’d you go to ship your stuff?
M:I went to DHL. It’s not far from here. I’m not sure what their rates are, but we might as well check.
K: Cool, mind giving me another ride?
M: No problem.
(At DHL, an international delivery company)
K: Hi, what are your rates to Taiwan?
E: Just that box there? Let me weigh it.
K: Here you go.
E: Looks to be 45 pounds. We have three different choices for you. Same day shipping comes to $200.21. For within five days, it’ll be a flat 85 dollars. Our normal(3) service, which could take up to three weeks, would be $39.62.
K: The normal service is fine. Can I buy insurance(4) for the shipping?
E: Of course. What do you value the package at(5)?
K: About $250.
E: That’ll be another 20 dollars. Your total is $59.62. Can I do anything else for you?
K: Nope, that’s it. Thanks!
Words & Phrases 單字片語
★ 1. delivery n. 投遞；交付；遞送的物品
If you need to make a delivery, please come in through the main gate.
There is no mail delivery on Sundays.
2. down to sth 下降至（最小的）某物
The crayon had been worn down to the last bit.
★ 3. normal a. 一般的，正常的
Can you walk me through the normal working
★ 4. Insurance n. 保險（不可數）
Do you have insurance on your house and its
5. value sth at… 為某物估價為⋯⋯（金額）
The house Jacob lives in at the moment has been valued at over NT$20 million.
You Can Do This 英文試金石
1. The bike messenger weaved through the busy city streets trying to make his ______.
(A) properties (B) reactions
(C) deliveries (D) instructions
2. Those who graduate from great universities tend to have better chances in ______.
(A) job hunting (B) choking
(C) departing (D) ballet inspiring
3. The ______ operation of the factory machines was cut because of power failure.
(A) shallow (B) homeless
(C) absolute (D) normal
答案：1. C；2. A；3. D
Planning a Visit
A: Andy B: Barbara
Andy and Barbara have been in a long-distance(6) relationship for a few months now.
A: Hey! Glad I caught you this time.
B: Me too. It’s hard enough with the distance.
A: I’ve been so busy with work, but I really miss you. I was thinking I could visit you soon.
B: Aww, I miss you too. Please come soon! How long do you have off for Christmas?
A: I’ve got the full week. If I come to you, it would be our first white Christmas.
B: It might be a bit cold for you, but we could stay close(7) together by the fire. I think it would be great if you came here! I don’t think I can make it out of here until the 4th of July next year, so you better come see me this time.
A: Of course. I know you love summer. Hey, July is a good time to job hunt(8), if you want to move back.
B: I’ll have to see how things go here. I miss the
summer, but I miss you more.
A: I’ll be there for Christmas!
Extra Words 補充字詞
Words & Phrases 單字片語
★ 6. long-distance a. 遠距離／長途的
You will be billed monthly for your long-distance calls.
7. stay / keep close靠近，緊緊地靠在一起
Since we are lost, we should stay close to the trail to wait for help.
★ 8. job hunt 求職，找工作（= job hunting）
After finishing his military service, Scott went job hunting.
Tips in Use 重點解析
文中in a relationship 表「在一段感情，戀愛中」，常見的關係狀態還有single（單身）、engaged（訂婚了）、married（ 已婚）、separated（ 分居）、divorced（離婚）、domestic partnership（同居）、prefer not to say（還是不說的好）或 complicated（好複雜，一言難盡）。讓我們來看看生活中怎麼用：
Brad and Liz seem to be in a domestic partnership at the moment, but I heard they actually are secretly married.
A: How are you and Nicholas going? Moving to the next stage?
B: I’d prefer not to say. It’s quite complicated at the moment!