Dumbphone 什麼是 “笨手機”?

Is your smartphone making you dumb? Maybe you need one of these…
A less intelligent phone

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用夠了 “智慧型手機 smartphone” 的 Neil 為了免受新科技的干擾,選擇了另一種不那麼 “智慧 smart” 的手機。但菲菲聽了後覺得他這是跟不上時代。聽《道地英語》對話,學習傳統手機的新說法。

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Feifei
大家好!歡迎來到 BBC 英語教學的《道地英語》節目。我是馮菲菲。

Neil
And I’m Neil. So how was your holiday, Feifei? You got any photos?

Feifei
Yeah! Aren’t they cool?

Neil
Well, I haven’t seen them.

Feifei
什麼?你還沒看我度假的照片嗎?我早就發到社群網路上了呀。Well, check out my social media feeds.

Neil
Erm… well, I’ll have to wait till I get to my computer. I can’t see anything on this dumbphone.

Feifei
Dumbphone?! “笨手機”?手機怎麼還有聰明和笨之分呢?

Neil
Yeah, I was getting addicted to my smartphone – I couldn’t stop checking it every five seconds – so I got rid of it and now I have this dumbphone! It’s brilliant – it does absolutely nothing apart from phone and text!

Feifei
Oh, I see. The opposite of ‘smart’ is ‘dumb’, so the opposite of a smartphone is a ‘dumbphone’. 原來,“dumbphone” 中的單字 “dumb 愚蠢的” 是 “smartphone” 中 “smart 智慧的,聰明的” 反義詞。所以,“dumbphone” 說的是過去人們常用的功能簡單,樣式傳統的 “舊式手機”。

Neil
You’ve got it! It’s very fashionable, you know. Eddie Redmayne uses one!

Feifei
Hmm, not sure about that… But let’s hear some examples.

Examples
A: Argh! My arm’s killing me from playing around with my phone so much.
B: Get yourself a dumbphone, like me. There’s nothing to check!

My sleep’s improved so much since I got rid of my smartphone. There’s no temptation to stare at this dumbphone in bed!

I’m sick of being bullied by my smartphone. I’m going to join the dumbphone fad!

Feifei
這裡是 BBC 英語教學的《道地英語》。Neil 說他學明星艾迪·雷德梅恩,也開始用上了 “dumbphone 傳統非智慧型手機”。這類手機通常只能打電話和收發短信,沒有 “智慧型手機 smartphones” 那樣五花八門的功能。其實,現在還有人在用這種傳統的手機,因為他們覺得功能多樣繁雜的智慧型手機會過多地分散他們的注意力。

Neil
It’s a word that’s only appeared over the last couple of years, so you probably won’t find it in a dictionary – but it’s been used a lot in the media. So, Feifei, how am I going to see these holiday snaps of yours?

Feifei
Neil, just get a new smartphone.

Neil
No way. The past is the future!

Feifei
What next? Are you going to start coming to work on a horse?

Neil
Now, that is a great idea! And maybe I could swap my computer for a typewriter. And who really needs electricity when you can have a nice gas lamp…

Feifei
Goodbye!

Neil
Bye!

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