John: Hey,um… I don’t think I can go to Jimmy’s after work. I just found out that Apple is announcing thelong-awaited iPhone 6 tonight live on the Internet.
Tom: Oh, that’s too bad. I was hoping you could join me for a round of beer. I guess I’ll have to take a rain checkon that one.
John: Yeah, I’m sorry.
So you’re not really into the digital gadgetry, are you?
Tom: I guess I’m not. Don’t get me wrong; I think it’s great that all these smart devices are changing people’s lives for the better but I just don’t get why some people are willing to pay a king’s ransom for something that will eventually force them to work anytime, anywhere.
John: I see where you’re coming from, and I suppose you’re right. From my perspective though, I just think it’s a great way to connect to people and the world. The Internet is literally at your fingertips. Furthermore, anyone and everyone can gain and share knowledge at the speed of light. That is why handheld devices are so fascinating and are all the rage nowadays.
1. long-awaited adj. 令人期盼的
something that people have been waiting for
The long-awaited sequel to the block buster has finally been announced.
2. take a rain check idiom 改約
to reschedule or do something at another time
Do you mind taking a rain check for the dinner? I don’t think I’m going to make it.
3. be into something idiom 喜歡某事物
to like something
My wife is not really into baseball, but she always goes to the game with me.
4. gadgetry n. 裝置的集合/總稱
a collection of gadgets
His entire office is rigged with mechanical gadgetry.
5. for the better adj. 往好的方向...
Resulting in or aiming at an improvement
Nobody believes the politicians can change the country for the better.
6. to get v. 了解
I don’t get what he says sometime.
7. a king’s ransom n. / idiom 一大筆金額（國王的贖金）
a large amount of money
The shop is charging a king’s ransom for their mediocre service.
8. see where sb is coming from idiom 了解某人的立場
to understand someone’s position on an issue
After a long discussion, I started to see where my dad is coming from.