A barrel of laughs “开心果”


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Image caption Are you 'a barrel of laughs'?

The script of this programme 本节目台词

Feifei: 大家好,欢迎收听《地道英语》,我是冯菲菲,还有我的搭档…

Rob: And me Rob. Hello!

Feifei: So Rob, what's that thing you've got over there?

Rob: Oh this? It's a barrel [tapping on wooden barrel]...

Feifei: 大木桶 a barrel。I see.

Rob: And do you want to know what's inside the barrel?

Feifei: Not really.

Rob: OK - well if I open the lid you'll be able to hear [Opens lid and sounds of laughing] - funny isn't it?!

Feifei: [not impressed] You have a barrel of laughs “一桶笑声”。And that is supposed to be funny?

Rob: It's supposed to illustrate today's piece of authentic real English. It's hilarious, isn't it! And you know what - the phrase 'a barrel of laughs' can be used to describe me - someone who is fun and always joking around.

Feifei: Really? 原来短语 a barrel of laughs 可以用来形容那些总是喜欢开玩笑,给人们带来快乐的人。But this doesn't describe you Rob - you're not funny.

Rob: Oh? What?! I think we better hear some examples of this phrase in action - and I'll show you how funny I really am...


  • I shall miss having John in the office. He was such a barrel of laughs.
  • What a barrel of laughs that bus driver was. He made the long journey much more fun with his funny announcements!
  • Since I split up with my boyfriend, life hasn't been a barrel of laughs.

Feifei: 这么说,其实这个短语可以理解为汉语里常说的“开心果”,形容一个幽默的、逗人开心笑的人。谁说不是呢,我们都喜欢身边有个“开心果”。

Rob: By the way, 'a barrel of laughs' can also be used to describe a thing, such as a TV show. But come on Feifei, you have to agree, this barrel full of laughs is so funny! Listen again [Opens lid again: laughter].

Feifei: Hmm, it's a cheap joke but it's not funny. I know what you can do if you want to make me laugh...

Rob: Oh yes - go on, what is it?

Feifei: Why don't you see if you can fit inside the barrel?

Rob: Oh, right, well, that sounds like a laugh. OK, here goes... [Sound of Rob getting in] Getting in... I'm in Feifei.

Feifei: Wow Rob - you actually fit in the barrel! 我算是佩服了,Rob 还真能钻进这个木桶里去。我只需要把桶盖儿盖上就行了。That's so funny!

Rob: Hey, Feifei, what are you doing?

Feifei: Making you into a real life 'barrel of laughs'

Rob: That's not funny.

Feifei: It's hilarious! See you later.