Examiner: Good to see you got here nice and early. You must be very eager.
Randall: Yeah. I'm a little nervous, to be honest.
Examiner: That's to be expected. ①I find it's better if we just kick things off. ②Are you ready to get underway?
Examiner: Now, I'm going to be observing you and making sure you follow the regulations. I may talk to you, but if you prefer not to talk, just let me know. This is your test, and you can go about it however you like. Providing you follow the road rules, you will pass. If at any time you feel uncomfortable, just pull over in a safe and timely manner.
Randall: Can I just get a reminder of the key areas you will be assessing?
Examiner: Sure. There are about 10 areas, but more generally they are: observation, indication, control and speed. Keep those in mind and ③you will be sitting well ahead of the curve.
Randall: I'm ready.
(Thirty minutes later) (三十分钟后)
Examiner: Pull into the car park here and stop the car. Great.
Randall: So...did I pass?
Examiner: Whoa, hold up. ④Let's not jump the gun. First let me give you some feedback, ⑤and then I'll fill you in on your results.
Randall: Sorry. I'm just really excited. My parents are going to buy me a car if I pass.
Examiner: Hmm…well, ⑥don't count your chickens. OK, first of all, your observation at 1)junctions was really good. Your reversing and control of the car was also outstanding. Your use of indicators was correct and you maintained a good speed throughout the test…
Examiner: …however, your use of mirrors needs improvement. You need to make sure you are checking your mirrors every few seconds and responding to what you see.
Randall: Oh no! I failed, didn't I?
Examiner: Your use of mirrors needs improvement…but it wasn't enough to pull you under the line. Congratulations, Randall. You passed!
① I find it's better if we just kick things off. 我们最好直接开始吧。
kick things off: get things started(开始)。例如:
Let's kick things off. Time is running out.
② Are you ready to get underway? 你准备好开始了吗?
get underway: an activity starts(开始)。例如:
The conference got underway this morning with an opening speech by Mr. Tien.
③ You will be sitting well ahead of the curve. 你就能够通过的。
ahead of the curve: make more progress or move faster than average(快于或高于平均值)。例如:
Your grades are ahead of the curve in this class.
④ Let's not jump the gun.我们一步一步来。
jump the gun: to start doing something too soon(急于做某事)。例如:
I jumped the gun without waiting for further instruction and got myself in deep trouble.
⑤ And then I'll fill you in on your results. 然后我再告诉你结果。
fill sb. in: give sb. more details about sth. (让某人了解某事的详细情况)。例如:
I will fill Terry in about the conference when she comes back from vacation.
⑥ Don't count your chickens.别高兴得太早。
count one's chickens: assume oneself will be successful in sth. when things are not certain(高兴得太早)。例如:
I don't want to count my chickens before the ballots are counted.