課文:

All week Bella tried to convince Carol to trade solos with her. She asked again and again, sounding like a broken record. She loudly criticized Carol’s singing. Carol tried to tune her out, but Bella’s mean comments bothered her.

Bella drummed up lots of support from the other girls in choir. Bella was popular and outgoing, so they took their cues from her. They accused Carol of being selfish.

convince:說服
sound like a broken record:不斷重複同樣的話、老調重彈
criticize:指責、批評、非難
criticism:(n.)
tune out:不理睬、置之不理
drum up:激起、鼓動
outgoing:開朗的、外向的
take one’s cue from:照對方的話做、聽對方的吩咐行事
accuse:指責
selfish:自私的

Finally, Carol give in. After choir practice she told Mr. Davidson she no longer wanted the solo.

Mr. Davidson said, “I know you’re doing this because of Bella. As the director, I get to call the tune. Tell her I won’t let you trade.”

Carol said, “But Bella’s right. It’s a really demanding solo, and although I can carry a tune, I’m not a great singer. I really don’t think I can do it.”

They finally compromised. Carol and Bella would trade solos. But Carol would meet with Mr. Davidson to learn how to jazz up her part in “Sing Me to Heaven.”

give in:屈服、讓步、投降
give in to:向…屈服
call the tune:發號施令
demanding:要求高的、費時費力的、吃力的
demand:要求
carry a tune:唱得準、不走音
compromise:折衷、妥協
com-:一起
jazz up:使更吸引人、使更有趣


文法:
as the …, … get to …
(作為…,由…來…)

特別補充:
arrogant
:傲慢的、自大的
cue:提示、信號
queue:隊伍(英式)
line:隊伍(美式)
jump the queue:插隊(= cut in line)
settle:安頓、決定、使安寧、解決問題、和解

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