Friends in high places “高處有朋友”

Learn a phrase to describe important and powerful friends. How many of these do you have?
A phrase about knowing important people

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常言道:出門靠朋友。廣交朋友固然是好事情,但英語表達“friends in high places 高處的朋友”所描述的是什麼?節目中,Rob 和菲菲舉例講解。

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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。

Rob
…you are and I’m Rob.

Feifei
Rob 我有個問題:你是不是有一位住在山頂上的朋友?

Rob
Errr no.

Feifei
What about a friend who lives in La Paz – one of the highest cities in the world?

Rob
Strange question but no.

Feifei
OK. 那有沒有住在樓房頂樓的朋友?

Rob
Definitely not. Why are you asking about my friends anyway?

Feifei
咱們同事告訴我說你有“朋友住在高處 friends in high places”。我就是不理解“有住在高處的朋友”對你有什麼好處?

Rob
OK, well if you have friends in high places it has nothing to do with their physical location – they are people you know who are powerful and in an important position and are able to help you.

Feifei
啊,原來如此。表達“friends in high places”的意思是“身居高位並願意用自己的影響力幫朋友一把的人”。 So they’re useful people to know then?

Rob
They certainly are. Let’s hear some examples of other friends in high places.

Examples
Wang managed to get a promotion, but I’m sure it’s only because he knows people in high places.

Thanks to his friends in high places, my boyfriend managed to get tickets for the sold-out rock concert. Yay!

Despite failing her exams, Jane still managed to get a place at university – I’m sure she has friends in high places.

Feifei
這裡是 BBC 英語教學的《道地英語》節目。本集節目中教給大家的表達是“friends in high places”。Rob, you know some very important people then?

Rob
Well, yes a few, although not the Queen. Why do you want to know?

Feifei
Well I have to renew my passport and I need someone important to witness my application.

Rob
Oh come on Feifei, you know I could do that.

Feifei
Err sorry Rob. You may be a friend but you’re not in a high enough position to do this! Look, it needs a doctor, lawyer or policeman to sign it.

Rob
Great! So how high am I?

Feifei
About this high.

Rob
Oh dear, that low. Time to make some new friends. Bye.

Feifei
Bye.

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