Professor: That's right, Winnie. In this first part, Craig stops to ask a policeman for help.
Craig: Excuse me, I'm looking for number 250 on East 97th Street. Can you tell me how to get there?
Policeman: Ninety-seventh street? Wow, that's pretty far away. I hope you're not in a hurry.
Craig: Actually, I'm late for my first day of work. What's the fastest way to get there?
Policeman: Do you have a car or are you taking public transportation?
Craig: I'm on foot.
Professor: That's why the policeman hoped Craig was not "in a hurry". If you're late for something, you can also say that you're "in a rush". It means the same thing.
哦，in a hurry和in a rush都是“来不及”、“赶着做什么事”的意思。Professor, “public transportation”是指公车、地铁这样的公交系统么？
Professor: That's right.
可是Craig既没有开车、也不坐公车、地铁，而是on foot - 走着去。我真担心他会迟到！
Policeman: Well if you're walking, the fastest way to get there is to go through Central Park.
Craig: Central Park? How do I get there?
Policeman: Follow this road straight for three blocks until you see 97st street. Then take a left.
Craig: OK, I'll go straight on this street and take the third left. Then what?
Policeman: Follow 97th street until you get to the other side of Central Park. Number 250 will be four blocks ahead on your left.
Craig: Great! Thanks for your help.
Professor: So Winnie, what does the policeman tell Craig to do?
Professor: Exactly. And then what does he have to do?
Professor: Exactly. In this next section, one hour has passed and Craig has come back to talk to the policeman again.
Craig: Officer, I followed the directions you gave me, but I didn't find the address! I think you gave me the wrong directions.
Officer: What? That's impossible. I told you the right way to get to 250 West 97th street.
Craig: West 97th street? No, I told you East 97th street! You mean I walked all the way there for nothing?
Officer: You're going to East 97th Street? Oh no, I must have told you how to get to West 97th street! East 97th street is just around the corner. You can get there in five minutes.
Professor: Yes, Craig is having some bad luck this morning. But at least his destination is only five minutes away now.
对，好在警察说，东97街is just around the corner，就在附近，一拐弯就到。
Craig: Alright officer, can you please tell me how to get to 250 EAST 97th street?
Policeman: Of course. Just go back to 97th street, and instead of turning left, turn right. The building will be on your left-hand side.
Craig: Ok. Is that the fastest route? I'm really late now.
Policeman: There is a short cut, but since you don't know the city well, it's probably best to take the easiest route so you don't get lost.
Professor: That's right, Winnie. Do you think Craig's new boss will be mad at him for being late?