It’s the thought that counts 禮輕情意重

It's Christmas soon. What's a polite thing to say when you get a present you don't like? Find out here.
A good phrase for a bad present.

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Neil 提前給菲菲買了一件聖誕禮物,他覺得這個禮物很酷,但菲菲好像不大喜歡這個禮物。聽他們的對話,學習如何在收到不心儀的禮物時,禮貌、誠懇地感謝送禮人的一片心意。

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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.

Feifei
你手裡拿的那個包裹是什麼?Looks exciting!

Neil
It’s a present.

Feifei
禮物?給誰買的禮物?

Neil
For you! For Christmas!

Feifei
給我的聖誕禮物?不過是不是有點早啊?

Neil
Well, I saw these and I just knew you’d love them so much – so I bought them! I can’t wait till Christmas to see your face. Go on, open it now!

Feifei
You’re too kind, Neil. OK…一副眼鏡,哈利·波特眼鏡!

Neil
Aren’t they brilliant? Go on, try them on.

Feifei
I look ridiculous. And I don’t even like Harry Potter. Oh, well, it’s the thought that counts. 

Neil
‘It’s the thought that counts’ – an excellent expression, Feifei. If someone gives you a present which you don’t like, you can say ‘it’s the thought that counts’.

Feifei
“It’s the thought that counts” 是一句禮貌用語,通常用在贈送禮物的場景中。儘管收禮人可能不喜歡收到的禮物,但仍想感謝送禮人的一片心意的時候,就可以說 “It’s the thought that counts.”,也就是我們說的 “心意最重要,禮輕情意重”。

Neil
Let’s hear some examples of this expression which is particularly useful around Christmastime.

Examples
A: Wow! That Elvis Presley onesie you’re wearing is pretty weird.
B: Oh, thanks. My grandmother gave it to me for Christmas. It’s the thought that counts, I suppose.

A: I have no idea what to get my aunt for her birthday.
B: Err, get her anything. It’s the thought that counts.

A: Oh, no, not more tea towels! I was expecting something more exciting for our wedding presents.
B: You know what they say? It’s the thought that counts! 

Feifei
這裡是 BBC 英語教學的《道地英語》節目。本集節目裡介紹的表達是 “It’s the thought that counts.” 通常用在贈送禮物的場景中。收禮人可以用這句話來感謝送禮人的一片情誼,而禮物是什麼就不那麼重要了。

Neil
A very useful expression for politely saying that a present someone bought you is really not what you wanted. OK, Feifei, lean over.

Feifei
Ouch! What are you doing with that pencil?

Neil
There we go. With that flash of lightning on your forehead now you really look the part – Feifei Potter.

Feifei
Hmm, I need a spell to make you vanish, Neil.

Neil
Goodbye!

Feifei
Bye!

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