Memory like a sieve 記憶像濾網

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如果你滿腦子都是事,難免就會忘記一些。Rob 正在廚房裡烤蛋糕。他通過烤蛋糕的一個工序,引出一個可以描述人健忘的英語表達。聽 Rob 和菲菲的對話,學習 「memory like a sieve」 的意思和用法。

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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。

Rob
… and me, Rob. Err… thanks for joining me in the kitchen today, Feifei, for the unveiling of my new cake.

Feifei
It’s just a cake, Rob, but if it’s good, I’m happy to try a slice.

Rob
Well, let me get it out of the oven now… Right, there you go. OK. Ta da!

Feifei
Umm… 蛋糕的樣子還不錯,不過味道怎麼樣呢?Let’s try it. It’s a bit stodgy, heavy… even lumpy.

Rob
Right. You don’t actually like it, do you? I followed the recipe exactly, although perhaps I forgot to do something to the flour. Oh, I seem to have a memory like a…

Feifei
A sieve.

Rob
That’s it! I didn’t sieve the flour. Ah, that explains the lumps.

Feifei
我的意思是你太健忘——「have a memory like a sieve」。這個表達把人的記性比喻成過濾網,放進去的東西都會漏出來,也就是說一個人容易忘事,記憶力差。Your memory is bad, Rob. You can’t forget things when you’re cooking.

Rob
Well, I’m not the only one. Listen to these examples.

Examples
I’ve been making my own lunch to take to work, but I’ve got a memory like a sieve and I keep leaving it at home!

My husband’s got a memory like a sieve – he keeps going out and leaving the iron switched on.

I’ve got a memory like a sieve – I left the house without my keys this morning and now I’m locked out!

Feifei
你正在收聽的是 BBC英語教學的 「地道英語」 節目。這集節目中教給大家表達 「have a memory like a sieve」 的意思和用法。我們可以用 「have a memory like a sieve」 來指一個人的記憶力差,十分健忘。Just like flour falling through the sieve that Rob should have used when baking a cake! So are you going to try again, Rob?

Rob
No, I think my baking days are over, but luckily I bought one from the shop just in case.

Feifei
That’s OK. A shop-bought cake will do – so get it out and I’ll put the kettle on.

Rob
Great… err… Oh, now, where did I put it? I know it’s around here somewhere?

Feifei
Memory like a sieve again, Rob?

Rob
Looks like it. I’ve got a lot on my mind, Feifei.

Feifei
Don’t worry. I’ve found it! It’s here in the fridge with the milk.

Rob
Honestly, I’d forget my own name sometimes!

Feifei
Bye, Rob.

Rob
Oh, yes. That’s it!