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[report整理] Words and Their Stories 2009-07-26

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Now the VOA special programs words and their stories.
Last week, I told about the number one. Today I will tell about expressions using other numbers. Some problems are difficult to solve, but there are a lot of number expressions that can help.
For example, if we put two and two together, we might come up with the right answer. We know that two heads are better than one. It is always better to work with another person to solve a problem. Sometimes, there are no two ways about it. Some problems have only one solution. You can not be of two minds over these. But with any luck, we could solve the problem in two shakes of a lamb's tail. We could have an answer quickly and easily.
Sometimes we can kill two birds with one stone, that is we can complete two goals with only one effort or action. But we must remember that two wrongs don't make a right. If someone dose something bad to you, you should not do the same to him.
If you're going out with your girlfriend or boyfriend, you do not want another friend go along on your date, you can just say to your friend' "two's company, three's a crowd".
When I was a young child in the school, I had to learn the three R's. These important skills are reading, writing and arithmetic. These three words do not all start with the letter R, but they have the sound of R. My teachers used to give three cheers when I did well in math. They gave praise and approval for a job well done.
Some of my friends work confused and did not understand their school work. They were at sixes and sevens. In fact, they did not care if they finished high school. They saw little differences between the two choices. Six of one, half a dozen the other, that was their position. But they were really happy when they completed their studies and graduated from high school. They were in seven heaven. They were on cloud nine.
Nine times out of ten, students wo do well in the school find good jobs. Some work in an office doing the same things everyday at nine to five jobs. You do not have to dress to the nines, or wear your best clothes for this kind of work.
Last year, one of my friends applied for a better job at her office. I did not think she would get it. I thought she had a hundred to one shot at the job. Other people at her office thought her chances were a million to one. One reason was that she had been caught catching forty winks at the office. She slept at her desk for short periods during the day. But her supervisor appointed her to the new job at the eleventh hour--at the very last minute. I guess her lucky number came up.
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This VOA Special English program, WORDS AND THEIR STORIES, was written by Jill Moss. I'm Faith Lapidus.


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