老美最愛發的15句牢騷

撰文者:世界公民文化中心

很多人都說,比起用英文做簡報,用英文吵架、吐苦水似乎還更難。難在哪裡?

吐苦水、吵架或聊天都不是一種「結構性」語言,再多文法、正式語言都沒有用。你講不出來這些句子,只是因為語言裡面少了一些簡單的詞彙、慣用語,課本上學不到的。這是老美最常在office發的牢騷,你也來說幾句吧!

1、I am picked on all the time. = People pick on me all the time. (人們老愛找我麻煩。)

2、I try to be thoughtful, but he calls it manipulative. (我想表達關心,但被他解讀成發號施令。)

3、He is wrong, dead wrong ! (他是大錯特錯!)

4、He almost chewed me out ; I cannot seem to please him. (他把我罵了一頓;我就是無法讓他高興。)

5、His response to me was rude and insensitive. (他對我的回應粗魯,一點都沒人情味。)

6、He was so wishy-washy that drove me nuts. (他優柔寡斷,真令我難受。)

7、I cannot bear to work with him. (跟他在一起工作真受不了。)

8、His response is fine, but his tone was belittling. (他說的沒錯,不過口氣瞧不起人。)

9、Sometimes he is completely overbearing. (有時他過分傲慢專橫,盛氣凌人。)

10、He missed the bull's eye. (他搞不清楚重點。)(bull's eye 意思是 main point ,這下之意,牛眼這麼大都看不見。)

11、He lays a guilt trip on me. (他使我有罪惡感。)

12、He is immature, whiny and egotistical. (他幼稚、嘮叨而自大。)

13、His comment seems like a slap in the face. (他的說法,像是一種汙辱。)( a slap in the face 本來意思是打耳光 )

14、He is unsupportive, overly critical, controlling and negative. (他不合作,過分走極端,愛管人和消極。)

15、He is a square peg who does not quite fit into a round hole. (他格格不入,不適合這份工作。)

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