Quote… unquote 在口語中的用法

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在口語會話中,如果想要逐字引述他人說過的話,可以使用哪個英語說法?主持人 Neil 和佳瑩在討論這期 「地道英語」 節目中要介紹的表達時,就用到了它。聽對話,學習 「quote… unquote」 的意思和用法。

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(關於台詞的備註: 請注意這不是廣播節目的逐字稿件。本文稿可能沒有體現錄製、編輯過程中對節目做出的改變。)

Jiaying
大家好,歡迎收聽 BBC英語教學的 「地道英語」 節目,我是佳瑩。

Neil
… and hello, I’m Neil. So, what English phrase shall we talk about today?

Jiaying
Well, Neil, earlier you said 「quote 『leave it with me, I’ll sort out a phrase’ unquote.」

Neil
Did I? I don’t remember saying that.

Jiaying
別擔心,Neil,我已經想好要講哪個表達了,就是 「quote… unquote」。「Quote」 的意思是 「引用、引述他人的話」。

Neil
Yes, and we use quotation marks before and after what someone has said when it’s written down. So, when you say 「quote… unquote」, it’s like you are quoting what I said. You can use the phrase before you quote someone or around what they are saying.

Jiaying
沒錯!在書面表達中,我們會用引號來重複他人說過的話語;那麼,在口語會話中,尤其是當我們不贊同某人的時候,就可以在單詞 「quote(上引號)」 和 「unquote(下引號)」 中間或後面加上這個人的原話,強調這是他人的觀點。I knew you wouldn’t find a phrase for us even though you said you would – that’s why I am quoting exactly what you said!

Neil
Hmmm. Well, don’t quote me, but I’m sure I said, 「I’m too busy, I’ll leave it to you」!

Jiaying
Well, we have our phrase now, so let’s hear some examples of it being used.

Examples
She told me, quote unquote 「they’re just good friends」 – but they look more than that to me!

You told me, quote 「this car will last you a lifetime」 unquote, but after a few months, it’s already broken down!

The company said, quote 「staff will get a pay rise in August」 unquote – but it’s September and we’re still waiting.

Jiaying
你正在收聽的是 BBC英語教學的 「地道英語」 節目。上面,我們介紹了口語表達 「quote… unquote」,人們用它來重複別人說過的,但自己可能不贊同的話。So, have you got it, Neil?

Neil
So, you’re saying, quote, 「I didn’t do what I said I’d do」 unquote?

Jiaying
Exactly – but that’s a great use of the phrase.

Neil
Oh, thank you very much. To quote a famous writer: 「Using a phrase is better than finding one.」

Jiaying
Oh, which famous writer said that?

Neil
Me! I just wanted to get the word 『quote’ in the script one more time.

Jiaying
Well done, Neil! It’s time to go.

Neil
Goodbye.