Someone is like a dinosaur 某人像恐龍

The script of this programme 本節目台詞

Helen: Hello, Welcome to Authentic Real English from BBC Learning English. I'm Helen.

Rob: And I'm Rob.

Image caption Giants from the past

Helen: Rob, can I ask you something?

Rob: Yes, of course. Go ahead.

Helen: My son's friends came to visit at the weekend. They were all in the bedroom playing with dinosaurs.

Rob: Sounds fun.

Helen: Yeah, I even let them watch a dinosaur movie and play a computer game. Then I heard one of them say his parents were dinosaurs.

Rob: Oh, dear.

Helen: I'm a mum, I don』t think I look anything like a dinosaur, do I?

Rob: No, you don』t look like one at all. You are 100% human! What did the boy say about his parents?

Helen: He said that they don』t have a TV at home, and that his parents don』t have mobile phones either. I was quite surprised by that.

Rob: No wonder he thinks his parents are dinosaurs. When we call someone a 『dinosaur』, we mean they're living in the past, they're not very modern, and probably don't use a lot of technology.

Helen: 在英語裏,當我們聽到某人被形容為恐龍時 a dinosaur,意思就是他們還生活在過去,行為和想法過時了,而且也不會使用現代化高科技的東西。

Rob: Exactly. Let』s hear some examples.

  • My grandfather just bought his first digital camera. I've been telling him to get one for years! He』s a dinosaur when it comes to modern technology.
  • A: Have you met Jane』s new husband? B: Yes, he talks like someone from the 1930s. Really old-fashioned! A: I know, he said he hates modern technology. B: Oh, he』s such a dinosaur.

Helen: So calling someone a dinosaur means they're not in touch with the modern world.

Rob: Yes, a bit old-fashioned, maybe conservative in their thinking, and not keen for new challenges.

Helen: Well, I love modern technology.

Rob: Are you on Weibo? Weixin?

Helen: No, what are these?

Rob: Oh dear Helen! You are a dinosaur!