To teach an old dog new tricks 因循守舊者很難接受新事物

更新時間 2012年 10月 2日, 星期二 - 格林尼治標準時間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

今日小常識

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.

海浪城市衝浪狗競賽,每年舉行一次,競賽地點是加利福尼亞的享廷頓海灘。這一活動吸引著許多寵物的主人, 他們熱衷於展示各自的寵物狗是多麼才華橫溢。今年的競賽包括一項破世界紀錄的嘗試性賽項:讓20條狗集體衝浪達5秒鐘以上。不過狗不爭氣,沒成功。

今日短語

在英語裏 「you can't teach an old dog new tricks」是個比喻性短語,字面意思是老狗學不會新把戲,用來比喻你很難使因循守舊的人接受新事物。

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!

請注意

注意,如果說什麼東西 has gone to the dogs, 那就意味著其質量嚴重下降。

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

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