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.
Voice: Some time later...
Helen: Jen, 看看時間 we've been here seven hours!
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...
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?