Take with a pinch of salt 将信将疑

更新时间 2013年 1月 15日, 星期二 - 格林尼治标准时间09:17

The script of this programme 本节目台词

Kaz: Hi. You're listening to Authentic Real English. I'm Kaz and today I'm having dinner at Li's house.

Li: Hi, I'm Li. And I've prepared some chocolate mousse for dessert.

Kaz: Oh thanks. I love chocolate mousse. Mmm, it's delicious.

Li: Good! Anyway, what was I saying? Oh yes, I don't know if I want to stay in this house. I mean, Chris thinks it's haunted and that there are some ghosts here! Chris 觉得这房子有点闹鬼。He says he can sense their presence...

Kaz: Really? I can't sense anything.

Li: Shhh... listen? 我好像听到什么声响。Can you hear something?

Kaz: No Li, I can't hear anything. Just the wind outside. And if you want my advice, you should take it with a pinch of salt.

Li: OK, I will... Yuck! It's disgusting.

Kaz: Li, what are you doing?


Why does Li add salt to her chocolate mousse?

Li: I just ate my chocolate mousse with a pinch of salt, as you suggested, and it's absolutely disgusting! 我照你的建议在巧克力蛋糕里放进去一撮盐,太难吃了!

Kaz: Li, I was talking about what Chris said about ghosts in your house. In English, if you take something with a pinch of salt, it means you don't believe it completely.

Li: Really? 如果我对什么事情不全信,就可以说 to take something with a pinch of salt, 对什么事放进去一撮盐,很有意思,其实这就是我们汉语里说的将信将疑。

Kaz: Yes, and sometimes Chris does exaggerate so you shouldn't always believe everything he says.

Li: Let's have a look at some more examples:

  • Apparently they're going to sell the company and make everyone redundant.
  • You should take it with a pinch of salt; it's only a rumour.
  • The other day he told me he speaks 23 languages fluently.
  • I take everything he says with a pinch of salt because I know he likes to exaggerate.

Li: Ah, right. 在 Chris 告诉我这房子里有鬼的时候我应该打个问号,说不定是想故意吓唬我的!Maybe he's just making it up to scare me!

Kaz: I'm sure he just said it as a joke. Do you want some chocolate mousse? Without a pinch of salt this time?

Li: Good idea. Mmm, 不放盐的蛋糕的确很好吃。

(Sound of banging, creaking)

Li: What was that?

Kaz: It's probably the wind.

(Ghost sounds - oooooo ooooooo)

Li: It's not the wind. Someone is in the house! Look, there's someone coming into the room!

Voice: Ooooo, Oooooooo, I'm a ghost!

Kaz: What the...? I recognise that voice.

Li: Chris? Is that you? Why are you covered in a white sheet?

Chris: I am a ghost that has come to haunt you... I heard you made some chocolate mousse, Li, so I came over to eat some... Ooooo...

Li: You scared us! I really do have to take what you say and do with a pinch of salt.

Chris: Mmm... delicious!

All: Bye!

Li: Unbelievable!

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