Key worker 關鍵工作人員

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醫生、護士、教師、消防人員、警察、救護車司機……他們是給民眾提供必要服務的關鍵工作人員。英語表達 「key worker」 就可以形容這類工作者。聽節目,學習如何使用 「key worker」。

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Feifei
歡迎收聽 BBC英語教學的 「地道英語」 節目。大家好,我是馮菲菲。

Roy
And I’m Roy!

Feifei
你這是在幹什麼?怎麼這麼多鑰匙? What is that noise?

Roy
Sorry, I was just cutting some keys! It turns out that I’ve been doing my job wrong all these years!

Feifei
Ah! I know what happened. Neil called you to say you’re not a key worker, right?

Roy
Exactly! All this time at the BBC and I hadn’t cut a single key! I’m lucky Neil was so forgiving. He had no idea what to say when I told him I’d start cutting keys.

Feifei
Neil 聽了你的回答,不知道說什麼,這一點我不驚訝。因為你理解錯了 「a key worker」 的意思。「A key worker」 指的是 「給民眾提供必要服務的關鍵工作人員」,比如,醫生和護士。

Roy
Yep, that’s more logical. I get confused sometimes.

Feifei
You do. Let’s listen to these examples while you get rid of those keys.

Examples
My friends Jorge and Zdenka are both key workers! They do the amazing job of teaching kids.

Michiko is a key worker, but her class is closed at the moment due to the outbreak of the virus.

Key workers need to have easy access to their places of work during the coronavirus crisis.

Feifei
你正在收聽的是 BBC英語教學的 「地道英語」 節目。以上,我們介紹了表達 「key worker」 的意思和用法。「Key worker」 指的是 「提供必要服務或扮演重要角色的關鍵工作人員」,比如老師、醫生或護士。

Roy
That’s right! ‘Key’ in this expression relates to ‘vital’ or ‘important’. Not to keys that open locks.

Feifei
That’s correct, Roy. And it’s been quite a common expression during the coronavirus pandemic. People have been talking about the importance of key workers being able to do their jobs during a world crisis.

Roy
That’s right. In fact, I could say it’s been a key point of discussion. I really respect the amazing jobs that people like doctors, nurses, emergency service staff, and teachers do.

Feifei
Yes, me too. Err, one thing, though, Roy. How much did you spend on that key cutting machine?

Roy
Enough to say ‘please don’t tell my wife – she’ll be really angry’. Do you want me to cut you a new key?

Feifei
No. I don’t want to encourage you! Bye, Roy.

Roy
Bye!