To make a song and dance (about something) 小題大做

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菲菲的唱歌和跳舞水平怎麼樣?唱歌跳舞的水平在她想投訴一件事情時,有多重要?本集節目中所介紹的表達看似有些奇怪,不過,別小瞧它,也許在你想 「小題大做」 的時侯它就能派上用場。聽菲菲和 Rob 的對話,學習 「make a song and dance about something」 的意思和用法。

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Feifei
大家好,這裡是BBC英語教學的《地道英語》節目。我是馮菲菲。

Rob
And hello, I’m Rob.

Feifei
Hey Rob, watch this…

Rob
Yes, very impressive, Feifei. But why are you singing and dancing?

Feifei
Well, I booked a holiday in a lovely hotel with a fantastic swimming pool.

Rob
And you’re celebrating by singing and dancing? Very strange!

Feifei
No Rob, of course not! 我預定了酒店後,發現酒店的游泳池正在裝修,不能使用,所以我想取消預定,但是那家酒店不讓我取消預定。

Rob
Oh right. So you’re just singing about it?

Feifei
因為 Neil 說我應該給酒店打電話,然後 「make a song and dance about my reservation」,所以我想在給他們打電話之前,先練習練習。

Rob
Hold on, Feifei. Don’t waste your time. What Neil means by ‘to make a song and dance about it’, is to make lots of unnecessary fuss about it – basically, to over-react.

Feifei
Ah, got it! 其實在英語裡,「to make a song and dance about something」 的意思是 「對一件事情大驚小怪,反應過激,小題大做」。Yes, I can do that!

Rob
Well, go and make that phone call while we listen to some examples.

Examples
My boyfriend makes such a song and dance about doing the housework – but to be honest, it’s not that hard!

Don’t make a song and dance about it – I only asked you to move seats so I can see the screen.

I can’t believe they lost your suitcase at the airport; you should make a song and dance about this and get a proper apology.

Feifei
這裡是 BBC英語教學的《地道英語》節目。在這集節目中,我們一起學習的地道表達是 「to make a song and dance about something」,這個表達用來描述對一件事情大驚小怪,過分激動,小題大做。And Rob, that’s what I did when I called the hotel.

Rob
So you over-reacted?

Feifei
Yes.

Rob
You made lots of fuss? You made a scene?

Feifei
我是小題大做了,還大吵大鬧了!And guess what?

Rob
What?

Feifei
They apologised and offered me a free holiday when the swimming pool has reopened and said I could bring a guest for free.

Rob
Brilliant – a free guest! So, when shall we go?

Feifei
We, Rob? No, I’m taking my best friend Maria.

Rob
What?! I’m not your best friend. All that time we’ve worked together. All the things I’ve given you…

Feifei
Calm down, Rob. Don’t make a song and dance about it. I’ll send you a postcard.

Rob
Oh thanks.

Feifei
Bye-bye.

Rob
Bye.