A man is talking to the family doctor.“Doctor, I doubt whether my wife's goingdeaf.”The doctor answers,“Here’s something you can try on her to test her hearing. Stand some meters away from her and ask her a question. If she doesn't answer, move a little closer and ask again. Keep repeating this until she answers.Then you'll be able to tell if she is deaf or not.”
The man goes home and begins to test his wife's hearing. He stands by the wall and says,“My dear, what's for dinner?”He doesn't hear an answer, so he moves closer to her.“My dear, what's for dinner?”Still no answer. He repeats this several times, until he's standing just a few feet away from her.
Finally, she answers,“For the eleventh time, I said we're having meat and rice!”
某人对他的家庭医生说，“医生，我怀疑(doubt)我妻子(wife)要聋(deaf)了。”医生回答说，“有个办法可以测试(test)她的听力。你站(stand)在离她几米远(some meters away)的地方，然后问她一个问题(question)。如果她不回答，你再走近点(a little closer)，然后再问。如此重复(repeat)直到她听到为止。那时你就可以判断她是否聋了。”
这人回家后便开始测试他妻子的听力。他站在墙的旁边(by the wall)说，“亲爱的(dear)，晚饭(dinner)吃什么？”他没听到回答，于是又朝妻子走近了些。“亲爱的，晚饭吃什么？”仍然(still)没有回答。他如此反复了几次(several times)．直到他离妻子只有几英尺(a few feet)的地方。
8. We Really Don't Know (1)
Jack had gone to the university tostudy his history, but at the end of his second term, he failed his history exam, and he was told that he would bedismissed from university. However, his father decided that he would go to see the history professor(教授)to ask him to let Jack continue his studies the next year.
“He's a good boy,”said Jack's father,“Please pardon him. If you let him pass this time, I'm sure he'll improve a lot next year and pass the examinations at the end of it really well.”
杰克去大学(university)里学习(study)历史(history)，但在第二学期(term)末，他的历史考试不及格(he failed his history exam)．同时他还被告知将被开除(dismiss)。然而(however)．杰克的父亲(father)决定去拜访那位历史学教授，请求教授让(let)杰克继续(continue)下一年的学业。
“他是个不错的男孩(boy)。”杰克的父亲(father)说，“请原谅(pardon)他吧！如果这次您能让他通过(pass)，我确信(I'm sure)他明年一定会大有长进(improve a lot)；而且会在年终时真正地(really)很出色地通过考试。” 8. We Really Don't Know (2)
“No, no, that's quite impossible!”replied the professor immediately.“Do you know, last month I asked him when Napoleon died, and he didn't know!”“Please, sir, give him another chance”said Jack's father.“You see, I'm afraid we don't take any newspapers in our house so we even don't know that Napoleon was illrecently.”
“不，不行，那是完全不可能的(quite impossible)。”教授立即(immediately)回答(reply)，“您知道吗，上个月我问他拿破仑是什么时候去世(die)的，可他居然不知道！”“先生，请再给他一次机会(give him another chance)吧。”杰克的父亲说道，“您要知道，恐怕(I'm afraid)是因为我们家里没有报纸(newspaper)。因此我们甚至连拿破仑近来(recently)病了(ill)都不知道。”