来源：沪江听写酷 2014-05-05 16:54
He had brought a bottle of French wine, something he did not know my parents could not appreciate. My parents did not even own appropriate glasses for wine. And then he also made the mistake of drinking not one but two frosted glasses full, while everybody else had a half-inch "just for taste". But the worst happened when Rich criticized my mother's cooking, and he didn't even have a clue about what he had done. As is the Chinese cook's custom, my mother always made negative remarks about her own cooking. That night she chose to direct it toward her famous steamed pork and preserved vegetable dish, which she always served with special pride. "Ai! This dish not salty enough, no flavor," she complained, after tasting a small bite.
他买了瓶法国葡萄酒，并不知道我父母不喜欢这玩意儿，我父母甚至连像样的红酒杯也没有。接着他又犯了个错误：他喝了不是一杯，而是满满两大毛玻璃杯的葡萄酒，而其他人的杯子里都只有半英寸高的酒，大家只是“尝尝而已”。 最糟糕的是他批评了我妈妈的烹饪手艺，而他竟然没意识到自己做了什么。我妈妈总是要对她自己的烹饪发表一些评论，说一些自己的菜烧得不好之类的话，这是中国厨师的习惯。那晚她原打算说说自己的拿手菜——梅干菜蒸肉，上这个菜时她总是特别得意。 “唉，这个菜不够咸，没味道，”尝了一小口后，她抱怨道。