Vanilla 普通,無趣

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「Vanilla(香草)」 很普通嗎?如果你喜歡冰淇淋,「vanilla 口味」 是個很不錯的選擇!但如果一部手機、一輛車或一個人是 「vanilla」,那意思可就不同了。聽菲菲和 Rob 的對話,學習 「vanilla」 的另一個意思。

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

Rob
…and hello, I’m Rob.

Feifei
It’s very hot today, Rob. What a good idea to present this programme outside in the lovely sunny weather!

Rob
Oh! Yes, it is – and what a great suggestion that I buy you an ice cream!

Feifei
Thanks, Rob!

Rob
Ah… so, come on then. What flavour do you want? Chocolate, strawberry, salted caramel?

Feifei
Oh, vanilla for me, please. 我最喜歡的冰淇淋口味就是 「vanilla」!

Rob
Vanilla! Oh, Feifei, that’s a bit boring… a bit ordinary!

Feifei
It’s just ice cream, Rob. 單詞 「vanilla」 不僅可以指 「香草味的食品」,它還可以用來描述一個產品或服務是普通的、基本的。So, vanilla ice cream is very popular because it is delicious, but your taste in clothes is just….

Rob
…vanilla? Oh, thanks! I think we should hear some examples…

Examples
I thought his performance in the movie was very vanilla. He’s normally amazing.

I’m just looking to buy a vanilla car. Nothing fancy, no extras – just something to drive to the shops in.

I wanted to go skydiving with my friend, but he’s so vanilla he’d never do anything risky!

Feifei
這裡是 BBC英語教學的 「地道英語」。以上我們給大家舉例講解了如何用 「vanilla」 來描述某個產品、服務或事情是 「普通的、基本的」。我們還可以用 「vanilla」 來形容人是 「乏味的,無趣的」。So, come on then, Rob. If my vanilla ice cream is so 『vanilla’, what flavour are you going for?

Rob
It’s got to be salted caramel.

Feifei
That’s so vanilla! Everyone’s eating salted caramel flavoured things these days.

Rob
Well, luckily for you, I’ve forgotten to bring any money! So, no ice cream for either of us.

Feifei
Oh, well, back to work then.

Rob
That’s vanilla too. It’s such a lovely day! Shall we stay in the park a little longer?

Feifei
Yeah, good idea! See you, everyone.

Rob
Bye-bye!