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The Scene of the Accident
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ID: 0542 Upper Intermediate
It is a dark and stormy night. You see a woman kneeling on asphalt, her tears staining a rusted hulk of twisted metal. A man stands to one side, head averted, face flushed. Sirens wail in the distance. This is a scene of desolation and despair. They are two people, alone in a hostile world. Desperately, terribly alone. Surrounded only by night, the rain, a circle of fifty bystanders and two street vendors hustling nut cakes and sugared-water. ChinesePod brings you to the Scene of the Accident, in Mandarin Chinese.
Sun Jun 10 2007 | Jenny, John
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|减速||jiǎnsù||to slow down|
|右转向灯||yòu zhuǎnxiàngdēng||right turn signal|
|直行||zhíxíng||to go straight|
wǒ kāi dào lùkǒu de shíhou shì lǜdēng ，bùguò wǒ háishi jiǎnsù 、dǎ yòu zhuǎnxiàngdēng 。méi xiǎngdào ，yī liàng zhùdòngchē chōng chūlai 。tā shì zhíxíng ，sùdù bǐjiào kuài 。wǒ mǎshàng shāchē ，kěshì háishi zhuàng le 。wǒ jìde zhuàngchē de shíhou tā méi shuāi xiàlai ，dànshì děng wǒ xiàchē ，tā jiù yī pìgu zuò zài dì shàng ，yòu kū yòu nào ，shuō wǒ bǎ tā zhuàng shāng le 。míngmíng shì tā chuǎng hóngdēng ，wéifǎn jiāotōng guīzé ，hái yào lài zài wǒ shēnshang 。wǒ dāngshí zhuǎnwān de shíhou sùdù zhǐ yǒu èr sān shí gōnglǐ ，gēnběn bù kěnéng zhuàngdǎo tā 。
When I drove up to the intersection the light was green, but I still slowed down, and put on my right turn blinker. I never thought an electric bike would come out of nowhere. She was going straight, at a rather high speed. I braked immediately, but I still hit her. I remember when I hit her bike she didn't fall off, but after I got out of my car, she set her butt right on the ground, crying and making a fuss, saying I injured her. She's clearly the one that ran a red light, breaking the law, and now she wants to pin it on me. At the time I was turning, my speed was only 20 or 30 kilometers per hour. There's no way I could have knocked her over.
wǒ dāngshí qí zhùdòngchē zhíxíng 。yào chuān mǎlù de shíhou ，wǒ zǐxì kàn guo ，lǜdēng gāng biànchéng huángdēng ，dāngshí zài wǒ qiánmian de chē dōu guòqù le 。wǒ yě jiāsù chōng guòqu ，érqiě hái yīzhí àn lǎba 。méi xiǎngdào yī liàng Àodí yòuzhuǎn ，sùdù fēikuài 。tā gēnběn méi jiǎnsù ，fǎnér shì jiāsù 。wǒ yīdiǎn dū láibují fǎnyìng ，jiù zhuàng shàngqu le 。tā zhème kuài de chēsù ，yòu shì zhème dà de chē ，wǒ yīxiàzi jiù lián rén dài chē shuāi dào dì shàng le 。
I was riding my electric bike, going straight. When I needed to cross the street I looked carefully, and the green light had just turned yellow. The cars in front of me all went ahead. I also sped up to go through, and I was continuously blowing my horn. I never imagined an Audi would make a right turn, and at a blinding speed. He never slowed down -- he sped up. I had no time at all to react, and I ran into him. He was going so fast, and it was such a big car, that I was immediately thrown to the ground along with my bike.
chūshì de shíhou wǒ jiù zhànzài lùkǒu ，kàn de yīqīngèrchǔ 。dāngshí yī liàng xiǎojiàochē yòu zhuǎnwān ，méiyǒu àn lǎba ，“wū ”de yīxià jiù zhuǎn le 。shéi xiǎode yī liàng zhùdòngchē yě kāi guòlai ，sùdù yě hěn kuài 。tāmen jiù zhuàngshàng le 。wǒ dì yī cì kànjiàn zhuàngchē ，xīnlǐ pà de hěn 。wǒ xiǎng zhèxià huài le ，kěnéng zhuàngsǐ rén le 。wǒ gǎnkuài pǎo guòqu ，kàndào nàge qíchē de xiǎo gūniang shuāi zài dì shàng ，hái hǎo rén méishì 。kāi chēzi de nánrén hòulái yě xiàlai le 。tāmen liǎng ge dōu kāi de kuài ，yìngpèngyìng jiù zhuàng le 。
When the accident happened I was standing at the intersection, and I saw everything clear as day. A small car was turning right, didn't blow its horn, and ``whoosh" just made a turn. Who knew an electric bike would also drive up, and at a really high speed. They just hit each other. It was the first time I ever saw a car accident. I was scared out of my wits. I thought it must be bad, maybe someone died in the crash. I hurried right over and saw the girl on the bike had been knocked to the ground. Good thing she was OK. Then the man driving the car got out. They were both driving very fast, metal hit metal, and it was a crash.
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