Across the pond 大西洋彼岸

Learn an expression which makes an ocean sound very small indeed.

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Feifei 和Neil 在公園裡聊著自己喜歡去的地方。Feifei 喜歡公園,Neil 說他喜歡去“池塘”的另一邊,可是“池塘”彼岸真的就在附近嗎?聽聽他們的對話,你就知道答案了。

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(In a park by the pond)

Feifei
今兒天氣真好!藍天白雲!I love this park. My best memories are from walking around here, feeding the ducks…

Neil
My best memories are… well, from across the pond.

Feifei
Really? What sort of thing did you do there?

Neil
Shopping! You have all sort of products and they are cheaper than here!

Feifei
商店又多又好,而且還便宜 。那我得去看看,不過我怎麼在這邊兒什麼也看不到呢?

Neil
It’s across the pond. And the food there is so delicious! Big portions – all very tasty! I love Mississippi mud pie!

Feifei
That’s a chocolate cake, isn’t it? I want to eat some! Where is the restaurant? I want to go there now!

Neil
But it is far away. It’s across the pond!

Feifei
別懶了,咱拐個彎兒就到池塘了。But all I can see are ducks!

Neil
Here in Britain, when we say ‘across the pond’ or ‘the other side of the pond’, we might be referring to the Atlantic Ocean and the United States. Because there’s a lot of communication between the continents, we compare the ocean to a pond.

Feifei
原來你說的商店和蛋糕都在美國呀!我以為 across the pond 就是“池塘另一邊”的意思,現在才明白原來英國人用 across the pond 或 the other side of the pond 這兩個片語來指“大西洋彼岸的美國”。這哪跟哪 啊!不過想想也不是全無道理,空中旅行如此方便,跨越個大西洋又算什麼。從空中看,大西洋不也就像個池塘嘛!

Neil
Yes. Let’s hear some examples of how this expression is used.

Examples
The latest Woody Allen movie was very popular on both sides of the pond. It was praised by critics and popular among cinemagoers.

Many American actors are starring in plays in London’s West End. This is Shakespeare’s territory and I think the best theatre is still on our side of the pond!

Neil
You look disappointed, Feifei. It’s the chocolate cake, isn’t it?

Feifei
Yes, it is.

Neil
Come on. Let’s find a nice coffee shop and I’ll buy you some tasty desert. We don’t have to go to New York for that.

Feifei
No we don’t. London is a great city!

Neil
Come on, let’s go!

Both
Bye!

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