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天天英语--A Leopard Can’t Change Its Spots

——江山易改,本性难移

A Leopard Can’t Change Its Spots 江山易改,本性难移

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Bob:Well, Anne is late for practice again. I guess a leopard can’t change its spots.

鲍伯:唉,小安练习又迟到了。我想是江山易改,本性难移吧。

Jeff:The worst thing is how she gives excuses.

杰夫:她找的藉口才是最糟糕的。

Bob:It’s like she thinks it’s our fault that she’s late!

鲍伯:就像她觉得会迟到都是我们的错一样。

Jeff:I know. I kept telling her to warm up by walking before practice.

杰夫:我知道。我一直跟她说练习前要先走走路作为暖身。

Bob:Still, maybe it’s too much for her to walk all the way from her house.

鲍伯:不过,对她来说,从她家一路走过来可能太远了。

Jeff:You think so?

杰夫:你觉得是这样吗?

Bob:No, she should probably just leave an hour earlier.

鲍伯:倒也不是,或许她应该提早一个小时出门。

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★leopard是“豹”,spot指豹身上的“斑纹”,a leopard can’t change its spots字面意指“一只豹无法改变身上的斑纹”。此俚语源自《圣经》:“Can the Ethiopian change his skin, or the leopard his spots? Neither can you do good who are accustomed to doing evil.”(古实人可以改变他的肤色吗,还是花豹可以改变身上的斑纹?这些答案是否定的,就像你们这些习惯为恶的人没办法行善。)本俚语引申指一个人积习难改。

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