From pillar to post 東奔西跑

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BBC 英語教學所在的辦公大樓裡在裝修,大家都需要找臨時辦公位工作。Rob 不知道他的座位到底在哪裡,所以在樓裡跑來跑去,像個無頭蒼蠅。不過,他的困惑給我們提供了一個學習新地道英語短語的好機會。聽他們的對話,看菲菲用哪個短語形容 Rob 「東奔西跑,四處奔走」。

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Feifei
大家好,歡迎來到 BBC 英語教學的《地道英語》節目。我是馮菲菲,但我的搭檔 Rob 怎麼還沒來?

Rob
Sorry, Feifei. I didn’t know we were in this studio today.

Feifei
Yes. Studio 62D. It says it on this plan.

Rob
Really? The studios and offices are being refurbished and everything’s a bit chaotic.

Feifei
最近我們的辦公樓和錄音間都在裝修,所以辦公室裡比較亂。Calm down, Rob! Are things really that bad?

Rob
Yes! First I sat at my desk and was told to move to another one. And then when I sat at another desk, I was told the boss was sitting there…

Feifei
…so you had to move on.

Rob
Of course! Then when I went to the studio, somebody was in there, reading the news! So I was told to find another studio…

Feifei
Yes, yes, I get it, Rob. You could say you were moved from pillar to post. From pillar to post 東奔西跑。

Rob
Exactly. You mean, going from one place to another in a disorganised and chaotic way?

Feifei
I do. 短語 「from pillar to post」 指一個人從一處到另一處,東奔西跑,四處奔波。 Let’s hear some examples of this phrase in action.

Examples
We got moved from pillar to post on our tour so we started to complain – it’s not what was promised in the holiday brochure!

As a child, both my parents worked, so I got dragged from pillar to post trying to find someone to look after me.

I was passed from pillar to post when I phoned the bank to try and pay my credit card bill.

Feifei
這裡是 BBC 英語教學的《地道英語》節目。因為我們辦公樓裡在裝修,辦公室裡的座位有調整,錄音間也變了,這搞得 Rob 在樓裡跑來跑去 「from pillar to post」。But, Rob, things don’t have to be chaotic.

Rob
Oh yeah, why’s that?

Feifei
If you just follow the temporary plan. 臨時座位安排上寫的很清楚我們的座位應該在哪裡。

Rob
OK, let’s have a look. Right – so we’re meant to be in this studio – 62D.

Feifei
Yes! And where is your desk?

Rob
Err, oh no, my desk is right behind a pillar! Nobody will be able to see me now. I’ll have no one to talk to.

Feifei
Oh, I think this office refurbishment is going to be really good!

Rob

Thanks. Are we at the end of the programme now?

Feifei
Yes. Bye.

Rob
Bye-bye.