Plain sailing 一帆風順

更新時間 2012年 8月 14日, 星期二 - 格林尼治標準時間13:42

The script of this programme 本節目台詞

Rob: Hi! I'm Rob. And this is Li!

Li: Hello.

Rob: The weather is so great today we're outside on the sea, sailing in this beautiful boat. What do you think Li?

Li: Impressive. 我怎麼一點兒都不知道 Rob 擁有一條帆船,而且還會駕駛呢。 Rob, I didn't know you had a sailing boat – in fact I didn't know you could sail a boat!

Rob: Don't worry Li, I know what I'm doing.

Li: Mind that rock!

Rob: Whoa! It's ok Li. I'm in control – just keep your hand on that rope. We've got the wind in our sails, the sea is calm – we can just easily sail around this island and be home in time for tea.

Li: Oh right. Rob 讓我別擔心,說有他掌控著帆船,不會出問題。這叫一帆風順。 I was just saying Rob, it's all plain sailing.


Can Rob sail a boat?

Rob: What? Plain sailing? We're not sailing any planes Li!

Li: No Rob. Plain sailing. It's an expression used to describe an activity that goes well or smoothly and is easy and uncomplicated. 一帆風順。 一切順利。

Rob: Yes of course – this sailing is going well and is actually quite easy – so you're right – this is plain sailing. But can we only use the phrase to describe sailing boats?

Li: No – although it was originally a sailing term, it can really refer to any activity. Listen to these examples:

  • Driving through the city was difficult but once we were on the motorway it was plain sailing all the way.
  • Once we found some office space and recruited staff, setting up our business was plain sailing.

Li: 一帆風順這個詞可以用來形容很多事情,不僅僅是駕駛帆船. I have to admit Rob, your sailing skills are very good and …oh watch out for that big wave!

Rob: Whoa…ouch! I've hit my head on the boom. Oh no, we're heading for the rocks again…hold that rope Li, quick!

Li: I've changed my mind Rob, this isn't plain sailing anymore! There, we're back on course. That's taken the wind out of your sails Rob.

Rob: Err, it's still windy Li. Look at the sails.

Li: No Rob. That's another sailing idiom – to take the wind out of your sails 意思是殺掉你的風頭,使人洩氣。Let's hear some other people using this expression:

  • I was all ready for a big argument but when he bought me some flowers it took the wind out of my sails.
  • The negative feedback from my boss has really taken the wind out of my sails.

Rob: Hmm, Li you've certainly taught me a lot about sailing today – there are some good expressions – but one thing you haven't taught me is how to sail this boat.

Li: You said you knew how to sail it.

Rob: Well when I said I had been sailing several times I had….but I meant on a ferry….as a passenger.

Li: 什麼?原來 Rob 只不過是坐了幾次擺渡而已! Watch out!

Rob: That was close. I've a feeling this really isn't going to be plain sailing after all.

Li: Too right! 再見。

Rob: Bye. Now Li, just pull that rope there.

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