To put all your eggs in one basket 別孤注一擲

更新時間 2013年 6月 25日, 星期二 - 格林尼治標準時間11:09

The script of this programme 本節目台詞

Feifei:大家好,歡迎收聽《地道英語》節目。我是馮菲菲,今天和我一起主持節目的是 Rob. Rob, what are you doing?

Rob:(counting out money) Oh hi, I'm just counting up all my money… actually, could I borrow £100 please?

Feifei: £100? That's a lot of money. What do you need it for?

Rob: Well, with all my savings plus your £100, I'll just have enough.

Feifei: For what?!

Chicken

Rob: To invest in this new company my friend is setting up. He's invented this machine where you can talk to people anywhere in the world and there are no wires or cables. It's going to be a huge success.

Feifei: Rob, that sounds to me like a mobile phone – that's already been invented.

Rob: Yeah but you can also type messages on it and send them to other people. Amazing! If this is successful my investment is going to make me millions of pounds!

Feifei: Rob 覺得投資他朋友的公司肯定能有很多錢賺。Don't put all your eggs in one basket.

Rob: What? I'm not investing in eggs – this is real money – and what do you mean about one basket? I wasn't going to put the money in a basket!

Feifei: It's a saying! Don't put all your eggs in one basket 的意思是不要把所有的錢都放在一個籃子裏,也就是我們常說的不要孤注一擲。我覺得 Rob 不應該把錢全都投在一個生意裏。 Rob, don't use all of your savings on this one idea – it might fail.

Rob: Fail? Do you really think so? Are you really saying putting all my eggs – or all my money - in one basket is too risky?

Feifei: Exactly. 把所有的錢都放進一個投資項目裏並希望有所回報的風險是很大的。Here are some more examples of the idiom in action:

  • I know you're confident about getting that job but I don't think you should put all your eggs in one basket. Why don't you apply for a few more, just in case?
  • My dad says I should buy shares in a lot of different companies, and not put all my eggs in one basket.

Feifei: 所以說千萬不要孤注一擲 don't put all your eggs in one basket! Have you got the message Rob?

Rob: Yes, I think so. I mustn't depend on one idea to make me rich. I'm not so sure about my friend's new idea. But does that mean you won't lend me £100?

Feifei: No.

Rob: What about for my other cracking good idea - one that you really will need a basket for?

Feifei: Rob 還有一個能賺錢的辦法。What is it?

Rob: I have bought a chicken. It means I won't have to buy eggs at the supermarket anymore. It will save me lots of money. Oh look, she's just laid her first egg… here, Feifei, catch. Can you put that in the basket for me?

Feifei: Watch out, you nearly hit me.

Rob: Ha, then you would have had egg on your face!

Feifei: Excuse me?

Rob: That's another saying, I'll explain another time. Come on, let's go and boil this egg.

Feifei: How egg-citing! 好了,感謝收聽,下次《地道英語》節目再會啦。Bye.

Rob: Look! She's laying another one.

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