Off the top of my head 未經思考,不假思索

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有時,儘管我們手頭沒有參考資料或資料,但我們可以憑藉既有知識快速地對問題作答,就好像從腦袋外面直接產生的答案。主持人 Rob 和菲菲在談起以往節目中一共教過多少英語短語時,就用到了一個可以描述這種情況的表達 “off the top of my head”。聽他們的對話,學習如何使用這個地道英語表達。

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Feifei
Hello and welcome to Authentic Real English. 歡迎收聽 “地道英語” 節目。大家好,我是馮菲菲。

Rob
… and me, Rob. Hey, Feifei. We’ve taught a lot of English phrases and idioms over the years, haven’t we?

Feifei
We sure have.

Rob
But have we explained one about using our memory?

Feifei
I can’t think of one off the top of my head.

Rob
Ha… I think you just have! ‘Off the top of my head’. Let’s use that one.

Feifei
OK, Rob. 英語俚語表達 “off the top of my head” 的意思是 “不假思索地,憑藉既有知識就能想起來的事情”。這個表達其實很形象,一些不需要花費腦力就能想起來、順口說出來的事情,就好像從腦袋外面直接產生的想法——“off the top of my head”。

Rob
Yes, it’s just about quickly remembering and saying some facts without checking them. And off the top of our heads, we have some examples of this phrase now, don’t we?

Feifei
We do. And here they are…

Examples
Off the top of my head, I think we’ve collected about £100 for Jean’s leaving present.

I haven’t written it down, but off the top of my head we’ve sold about 1,000 raffle tickets.

Off the top of your head, do you know what time the flight from Tokyo arrives?

Feifei
你正在收聽的是 BBC英語教學的 “地道英語” 節目。剛剛我們教給大家的表達是 “off the top of my head”。注意,這個俚語表達中的 “my” 可以換成 “your”、“his”、“her”,來表示 “別人不假思索的表現”。And Rob, off the top of your head, do you know exactly how many phrases and idioms we have taught so far?

Rob
Oh… um… off the top of my head, I’d say err… 707?

Feifei
No – I’d say it’s more like 708.

Rob
Hmm. Is that just off the top of your head?

Feifei
It is – but I have a very good head for numbers.

Rob
If you say so, Feifei. But I’ll go and count them, just to be sure. Bye.

Feifei
Bye, Rob.