To teach an old dog new tricks 因循守旧者很难接受新事物

更新时间 2012年 10月 2日, 星期二 - 格林尼治标准时间11:35
A dog surfs as part of the Surf City Surf Dog contest in Huntington Beach.

A dog wipes out during the Surf City Surf Dog contest in Huntington Beach. Photo: Lucy Nicholson/Reuters

今日小常识

The Surf City Surf Dog competition is held annually on Huntingdon Beach, California and attracts many pet owners, who are keen to show off their talented canines. This year's competition included a World Record attempt to get twenty dogs to ride the same wave for at least five seconds. Unfortunately, the dogs were unsuccessful.

海浪城市冲浪狗竞赛,每年举行一次,竞赛地点是加利福尼亚的享廷顿海滩。这一活动吸引着许多宠物的主人, 他们热衷于展示各自的宠物狗是多么才华横溢。今年的竞赛包括一项破世界纪录的尝试性赛项:让20条狗集体冲浪达5秒钟以上。不过狗不争气,没成功。

今日短语

在英语里 “you can't teach an old dog new tricks”是个比喻性短语,字面意思是老狗学不会新把戏,用来比喻你很难使因循守旧的人接受新事物。

例句

I bought my mother a smartphone, but she prefers her other one, which is over ten years old! Oh well, you can't teach an old dog new tricks.

My friend keeps telling me that I should stop smoking, but there's no chance – you can't teach an old dog new tricks!

Everyone keeps telling me that I am too stressed and should work less, but I have always been the same. You can't teach an old dog new tricks!

请注意

注意,如果说什么东西 has gone to the dogs, 那就意味着其质量严重下降。

Let's avoid that bar, it's really gone to the dogs since the management changed.

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