Call it a day 一天结束了

The script of this programme 本節目台詞

Jen: Hello, and welcome to Authentic Real English. I'm Jennifer, and with me in the studio is... yawn... Helen.

Helen: Hi Jen... 你累了嗎?

Jen: Oh yes, I really am. I've been here since seven this morning - I think I'm ready to call it a day now.

Helen: Monday? Tuesday? 給日子起個名字?你說叫什麼好?Monday? Tuesday?

Jen: Oh no, I don't mean...

Helen: How about Saturday? 我最喜歡星期六。要不我們起個全新的名字。How about Cake-day! Or Coffee-day.

Jen: I don't want to rename the day. In English, if you're ready to call it a day, it means that you want to finish whatever you're doing - and usually go home.

Helen: So you want to call it a day now? We haven't finished the programme yet.

Jen: That's true. In that case, let's hear some examples of the phrase in action.

  • We're getting nowhere with this - shall we call it a day and start again tomorrow?
  • I'm getting picked up from work at five, so I think I'd better call it a day.

Helen: I see. 如果你說 call it a day, 意思是你決定今天工作到此為止,下班了。

Jen: That's right, so let's call it a day now.

Helen: Alright then. Do you fancy a quick drink after work?

Jen: Well, I'm feeling pretty tired, but I suppose I could come out for one drink.

Helen: 那麼我們就快去吧!

Voice: Some time later...

(Nightclub music)

Helen: Jen, 看看時間 we've been here seven hours!

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Image caption Is it time to 'call it a night'?

Jen: I know! I don't know where the evening went. It's probably time to call it a night.

Helen: I thought the phrase was 'call it a day'?

Jen: We can also say 'call it a night' if you've been somewhere in the evening and you know it's time to go home.

Helen: 該回家了,太晚了. Well, I definitely think that you need to call it a night, then. Although look...

Jen: What?

Helen: 你看太陽都出來了,我們一宿都在外面。Perhaps we should call it a day instead?

Jen: That means it's nearly time for work again! Can I call in sick, please?