A face for radio 其貌不揚

Do you have an attractive voice but ugly face? Here is a humorous way of saying it

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Neil is reluctant to present a video called The Perfect English Gentleman. He told his boss that he has a face for radio. What does he mean? Listen to the programme to find out.

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Yang Li
大家好,歡迎收聽《地道英語》,我是楊莉。我的搭檔是Neil。 Neil,嘿,怎麼又晚了!他是個很出色的主持人,就是經常遲到!Oh, here he comes!

Neil
Sorry Li, I’m a bit late. I’m here now.

Yang Li
Wow Neil, you look so different today, a suit and tie, what’s happening? 西裝革履的,准備去哪里?

Neil
Well, I have to present the video ‘The Perfect English Gentleman’.

Yang Li
《完美的英國紳士》That sounds fun, don’t you want to do it?

Neil
No, not really.

Yang Li
Why not? You are a great presenter, everyone likes your voice.

Neil
Well, it’s not my voice that’s the problem. Look at this massive, broken nose, my spotty skin, missing teeth, long greasy hair… I’m pretty ugly, Li. I kept saying to my boss that I have a face for radio, but he insisted I present the video. What can I do?

Yang Li
Neil 總是那麼幽默,說自己長得不好看,鼻子龐大又不直,痘痘皮膚,牙齒脫落,頭發長而且油膩。Did you say you have a face for radio? But you don’t need to show your face as a radio presenter, do you?

Neil
That’s exactly the point, Li. If you say someone’s got a good face for radio, it’s an indirect way of saying they are not very good looking!

Yang Li
I see. 我喜歡這個短語, ‘a face for radio’ 就是婉轉地說一個人長相不好看。請聽例句:

Examples

  • Man: Jane looked beautiful at her wedding.
  • Woman: Really? She must have had a good make-up artist because, to be honest, she’s got a face for radio.
  • Man: No one’s going to choose me at this speed-dating event.
  • Woman: Why on earth not? You’re such a warm-hearted guy.
  • Man: Thanks. But you have to admit, I’ve got a face for radio.

Yang Li
這就是今天我們要學的地道英語 “A face for radio”。英國人太幽默了,不直接說一個人其貌不揚,而是婉轉地他長了個適合做廣播的臉!Hey Neil, I think I have a solution for your video presenting problem… How about this for a good opening line? Do you want to hear it?

Neil
Go on then.

Yang Li
(clearing her throat) ‘This modern English gentleman has got a face for radio. Just shut your eyes, relax and listen…’

Neil
Now you’re making fun of me, Li!

Yang Li
Ok. Seriously, I think you will be just as good on video as you are in front of a microphone. You have a unique way of saying things which is clear, funny and engaging. 你講話清楚,幽默,有一種獨特的魅力。What face can beat that!

Neil
Thanks Li. I feel a lot more confident now! Just pass me that mirror…

Yang Li
OK, here you go.

Neil
Actually I’m not that bad looking, am I?

Yang Li
No, you’re not. You’ve got a face for TV and a voice for radio!

Neil
Hey, thanks Li, you’ve made my day!

Both
Bye!

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