To know your onions 精通某事

更新時間 2013年 1月 22日, 星期二 - 格林尼治標準時間16:04

The script of this programme 本節目台詞

Li: 大家好我是楊莉。歡迎收聽《地道英語》。今天和我一起主持節目的是 Rob. Hi Rob.

Rob: Hello. Now come on Li, concentrate, I need you to help me finish this quiz in the newspaper. If I get all the questions right, I might win a holiday.

Li: Oh right. 我最喜歡測驗了,特別是可以獲獎的競猜! OK Rob, no problem, what's the next question?

Rob: Ok, right. Well is says here: what is the capital city of Chile?

Li: Easy. Santiago.

Rob: Good. Next, what is the name of the world's largest ocean?

Li: The Pacific – of course!

Rob: Wow, you're good Li. You really know your onions.

Li: 什麼我知道我的洋蔥? Was there a question about onions?!

Rob: No Li!


Do you know your onions?

Li: Good, because that is one thing I don't know anything about –洋蔥 onions – except that they make me cry.

Rob: Don't cry Li. It's a compliment. If someone says you know your onions, it means you are experienced in something or you know a lot about a particular subject. So it means you're clever!

Li: Oh really?! 這麼說 '知道自己的洋蔥'是個食品成語,意思是對什麼事情或專業很精通、很懂行. But why 'onions'?

Rob: Well, it is a strange term, isn't it, and some people say it comes from a man called S.G. Onions, who made fake coins to help teach children about money. So if they learnt about money they would know their onions.

Li: I see. 這個成語的出處大概是一個人的名字。一個叫洋蔥的人利用假洋蔥來教授孩子們如何理財。 But now we just use it as a silly expression.

Rob: Yes we do, a bit like this…

  • If you ever need someone to fix your computer, ask Bob, he really knows his onions!
  • Look, you got full marks in the maths test – you really do know your onions.
  • That tour guide really knew her onions, didn't she?

Li: 現在非常清楚了 to know your onions 這個短語的意思就是精通某事。Well, that describes me very well then!

Rob: Hmm. Now another way of saying it is that you really know your stuff.

Li: Stuff 東西。你也可以用 'You really know your stuff' 來代替,意思就是你的確對這件事很精通. Like this…

  • When it comes to making cakes, my mum really knows her stuff.

Rob: Well, knowing your onions, or knowing your stuff, is very useful when you're doing a quiz like this. Here's another question Li. Complete the name of this flavour of crisp… 'Cheese and something'?

Li: Oh, that's tricky… cheese and ham? Cheese and apple? 正確的答案是什麼來著?土豆片的味道是五花八門的 cheese 和…和…? I've got it! It's cheese and onion crisps. 沒錯就是奶酪和洋蔥味的土豆片!

Rob: Brilliant Li. You really do know your onions. And now I might win a holiday.

Li: That's great but who are you going to take with you?

Rob: Probably my girlfriend.

Li: Oh right. I didn't want to go with you anyway – you have got onion breath!

Rob: Oh dear. Join us again soon for another Authentic Real English.

Li: Bye!

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