Bite your tongue 緘口不語

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有時候你有一些想法,不過這些想法要是說出來可能會冒犯他人,因此最好忍住不說,主持人佳瑩和 Rob 教你一個在這種情況下可以使用的表達,聽他們的對話。

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Jiaying
大家好,歡迎收聽 BBC英語教學的 “道地英語” 節目,我是佳瑩。

Rob
… and hello, I’m Rob.

Jiaying
Rob, what are you doing?

Rob
I am biting my tongue!

Jiaying
Rob! 雖然 “bite your tongue” 是這期節目中要教給大家的表達,但不需要真的 “bite your tongue(咬舌頭)”。

Rob
Oh, phew! Biting my tongue was painful, and it was very hard to speak.

Jiaying
這就是為什麼我們用 “bite your tongue” 來表示 “緘口不語”,當我們 “bite our tongue (咬著舌頭)”,閉起嘴不說話的時候,我們是在阻止自己說一些可能會冒犯別人或讓別人難過的話,當然,我們也可以對別人說 “bite your tongue”,意思就是 “忍住別說,保持沉默”,But, Rob, we don’t physically bite our tongues.

Rob
Right. So, for example, I shouldn’t tell someone they’ve put on weight? I should bite my tongue?

Jiaying
Exactly. Just like the people in these examples…

Examples
I wanted to tell him his new shirt looked awful, but I decided to bite my tongue!

I know the food’s not great, but please bite your tongue and just eat it.

I had to bite my tongue when my friend kept bragging about her ‘great’ exam results.

Jiaying
你正在收聽的是 BBC英語教學的 “道地英語” 節目,我們正在學習表達 “bite your tongue” 的用法,在日常交流中,我們想表達 “忍住不說,保持沉默” 的時候,就可以說 “bite your tongue”,So, Rob, we shouldn’t tell people we think they’ve gained a bit of weight, should we?

Rob
No, we should bite our tongue.

Jiaying
Good. And I will bite my tongue about your weight.

Rob
Excuse me? What about my weight?

Jiaying
Sorry, Rob, I am biting my tongue.

Rob
Hmm. Maybe saying nothing at all is better than saying something. Now, do you fancy a biscuit?

Jiaying
Thanks, Rob.

Rob
Bye. Ouch, I’ve bitten my tongue!