Have a lot on my plate 自顧不暇

The script of this programme 本節目台詞

Feifei: This is a great restaurant, Finn. I'm glad we could finally come here and try out their new menu.

Finn: It is a good restaurant, Feifei. But, well, I haven't been able to relax and enjoy a nice meal in the last few weeks.

Feifei: Really?

Finn: Yeah, well, I'm moving home soon…

Feifei: Oh, I know how difficult it is to find a new flat.

Finn: Yes. And my grandmother has been complaining that I don't visit her in Scotland very often…

Feifei: Yes, our elders like us to visit every now and again.

Image caption A plate of food, not of problems

Finn: And this new project at work…

Feifei: I've noticed that you have been working late...

Finn: I simply have too much on my plate right now!

Feifei: Oh, if you have too much on your plate, can I help you?

Finn: Yes, well, that would be nice…

Feifei: Leave it to me. Let me take some of this lovely looking chicken from you. Mmm… this is very tasty...

Finn: Feifei, what are you doing?! You're taking food from my plate?!

Feifei: Mmmm… I must find out how they cook this chicken. It tastes so good!

Finn: Feifei, I didn't mean for you to take food from my plate. In English, when you say you 'have a lot on your plate' or 'too much on your plate', you mean you have a lot of work to do or a lot of problems to deal with.

Feifei: You have a lot on your plate 意思就是你有很多事兒要處理已經忙不過來了,我們也可以用 too much on your plate 這個表達,它倆的意思是一樣的。

Finn: 'Have a lot on my plate' is today's expression in Authentic Real English. Let's hear some examples of how it's used.

  • Ann has a lot on her plate at the moment. She's just had twins!
  • Sorry, but the manager can't speak to you today. The company is launching new products next week and she's got too much on her plate right now.

Feifei: Oh, so this expression has nothing to do with this delicious food you have on your plate.

Finn: Come on, Feifei. You knew this expression already – you just wanted to pinch my chicken!

Feifei: Okay, guilty as charged! This chicken looks so appetising… and these potatoes and...

Finn: Feifei, I can share them with you.

Feifei: Thank you, Finn. And you can share the workload, too. I can help you with your new project so you』ll have time to go and visit your granny.

Finn: Feifei, I'm very grateful. Here, have some more potatoes. And… I like the look of that carrot mash you have on your plate.

Feifei: Here, have some… this food is lovely! We'll have clean plates in no time at all. Bye.

Finn: Bye.