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Sara在公司走廊上看到同事Henry.

Sara: Hi Henry, how was your weekend?

Henry: Excellent! I went down to the mall and got myself one of those new minicomputers.

S: You mean the new Orange SuperCom 4? I've seen ads for those on TV! They look really cool.

H: They are pretty cool. It has Wi-Fi, a huge memory and super fast processor. Plus, it's so small it fits in a shirt pocket....look, here it is.

S: Wow...it's so thin! Hey Mark, check out Henry's new toy!

Henry 情緒很好,因為周末他去買了一個最新款的迷你電腦,the new Orange SuperCom4, 有無線寬帶,大容量存儲,超快處理器。而且,體積小到能裝在襯衫口袋里。Sara看了覺得很酷,叫同事Mark過來,check out Henry's new toy. 看看Henry的新玩具。Mark說:

M: Ah....the Orange SuperCom 4, eh? It's all the rage these days. - Must've cost you a pretty penny.

H: Actually it was a tad bit expensive. I signed up for an early waiting list, but because demand was so strong, I did have to shell out a couple extra hundred dollars for it.

M: I saw news reports that people were lining up around the block in front of Orange Computer stores. Some people were even camping out overnight waiting for the store to open!

Mark不用看就知道Sara說的是Orange SuperCom4, 因為 It's all the rage these day. 這是現在最潮的。說一件事情是 all the rage 意思是時下最流行的。比如 Skinny jeans are all the rage. 時下最流行穿細腿牛仔褲。Mark猜,It must've cost you a pretty penny. 你一定花了不少錢。cost a pretty penny 是價格不菲的意思。Henry 承認,因為訂購的人多,I did have to shell out a couple extra hundred dollars for it. 我確實不得不多交了幾百美元。to shell out 意思是出錢。Mark說,新聞里說,為了買這款新電腦,不少人在Orange SuperCom電腦專賣店前大排長龍,甚至有人 camp out overnight 夜里在商店門口露宿。Henry說:

H: I didn't camp out, but I did have to stand in line for about four hours.

S: Is it really worth all the effort? I'm not that devoted to anything. If the wait is longer than 15 minutes, count me out.

M: Some people are "early adopters" of technology. They just have to get their hands on the latest product.

H: Yep, that's me...I got my first computer when I was 14, and from that day onward I was hooked. Every time a major new product comes on the market, I've just got to get it! I'll bet I've spent tens of thousands of dollars on IT products over the years.

Henry說,自己雖然沒徹夜露宿,但確實排了四個小時的隊。Sara表示不解,說不管買什么,如果要排十五分鐘以上的隊,count me out. 我就免了。Mark說,有些人就是科技“潮人”,early adopters of technology. 有什么新產品,他們都得在別人前面用上。They have to get their hands on the latest product. 這里所說的 to get their hands on something 意思是得到。Henry承認自己就是這種人,14歲有了自己的第一部電腦后,I was hooked. 我就著迷了。這么多年,不知道在科技產品上花了多少錢。

網友的學習評論(7條):
作者:ty2000
I'm not that kind of person who has to get his hands on the latest technology first, but personally, I'm also much hooked on computer technology and English learning, if you let me shell out a couple extra hundred dollars for these two things I would spare no efforts to do so, but otherwise, just count me out.
作者:crren
enen though shelling out a pretty penny it's still worth all the efforts to get their hands on all the rage products for early adopters of technology.
作者:Ariel-tan
I'm not the early adopters of technology by no interest. And much dollars for a rage product computer or telephone is not sensible to a girl, less than a beautiful dress.
作者:PETERLU
I like the Orange SuperCom 4 very much. I hope to buy it on day.
作者:XsXSJ
I am not that kind of early adopter, All I have that can be linked with IT are a HTC mobilephone and a computer, there is no more need for me a student to have those high-end products.
作者:sunshine
Henry bought the latest gadget called Orange SuperCom4.He show it to her colleagues,Sara and Mark. They were surprised.They expressed respectable opinion.Mark had ever bought Orange Sumoer Com3,she think the generation first has bugs. Sara sad"the world need 2 kinds of people ,of which is like Henry,he paves the way into the future.
作者:Rachel
Sumgsung is all the rage these days.
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