Something to chew on 仔細考慮

Is Feifei's cooking really that bad? Neil uses a phrase that needs some explaining! Tuck in to another English expression.
A phrase to think about.

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菲菲好不容易烤了餅乾,帶給喜歡甜食的 Neil 吃,但 Neil 卻說她做的餅乾是 “something to chew on”。他是在描述餅乾的口感,還是另有它意?聽他們的對話,學習一個包含動詞 “chew 咀嚼” 的英語表達。

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Feifei
大家好,歡迎來到 BBC 英語教學的《道地英語》,我是馮菲菲。

Neil
And I’m Neil.

Feifei
Hey, Neil. Would like you like to try one of my homemade cookies?

Neil
Well, we shouldn’t really eat while we’re presenting but… go on then!

Feifei
I made them last night and I thought I’d try them out on you! Neil 可愛吃甜食了,所以他肯定沒辦法抗拒我親手做的餅乾。

Neil
Mmmm.

Feifei
Well, what do you think?

Neil
They’re… OK. Perhaps not the best I’ve ever had.

Feifei
Oh, so you think my cooking isn’t great?

Neil
Let’s say it’s something to chew on. 

Feifei
Right! So you’re saying my homemade cookies are chewy? Neil 用到了片語 “something to chew on”,他的意思是說我的餅乾很 “chewy 有嚼勁兒” 嗎?

Neil
No, I’m not. In fact, they’re crunchy. But when someone says they need to chew on something, it’s an informal way to say they need to think about it before making a decision. 

Feifei
Right. 所以,片語 “to chew on something” 的意思並不是 “咀嚼”,而是指 “好好想想”,也就是 “在做出決定之前仔細考慮某事”。Well, Neil, I will chew on a response to your insult about my cooking while we hear some examples.

Examples
Our extension plans are great but we need to chew on it before we give them the go-ahead.

Hmm, it’s very expensive to fly to Australia for a holiday. Let’s chew on it, shall we?

My boyfriend asked me to marry him and I said I’d chew on it. He didn’t seem that pleased!

Feifei
這裡是 BBC 英語教學的《道地英語》節目。Neil 對我的廚藝持保留態度,他用英語片語 “to chew on something” 或 “something to chew on” 來表達 “做出決定前仔細考慮” 的意思。And Neil, I’ve made a decision about what to say to you!

Neil
Oh, yeah? 

Feifei
If you don’t like my cooking, I will not be inviting you to my dinner party tonight!

Neil
Oh, Feifei! Oh well, at least I’ll avoid your cooking.

Feifei
I’m not cooking. We’re getting a takeaway curry and lots of wine. I suppose you could come… if you pay for the takeaway?

Neil
Hmm, that is something I don’t need to chew on. The answer’s ‘no’ – I’ll stay at home and bake my own cookies! See ya.

Feifei
Bye.

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