Smell a rat 起疑心

The script of this programme 本節目台詞

Li: Hi Neil. How are you today?

Neil: Hello Li. I'm a bit worried. All these bills to pay… there'll be no money left for my holiday.

Li: My problems are over and so are yours, Neil! I'll pay all my bills, and yours, and… where do you want to go for a holiday? How about Dubai? Five star hotel, by the beach, drinking champagne…

Neil: Well, that's very generous of you, Li, but where are you going to get the money for that?

Li: I won the lottery!

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Image caption Does this look like a 'lottery organiser' to you?

Neil: The lottery?! That's brilliant! How much?

Li: Yes. I won US$10 million! It's a lot of money, Neil! They sent me an email this morning.

Neil: An email?

Li: Yes. The only thing that the organisers are asking is for me to pay them a small fee and give them the details of my bank account so that they can transfer the money. I'm a millionaire!

Neil: Mmmm… I smell a rat!

Li: A rat?! Where?! I'm terrified of rats! Where is it? I can't see a rat!

(Li stands on her chair)

Neil: No, no, no! No need to stand on the chair, Li. There's no rat, no mouse, there're no rodents at all here. In English, when we say we 'smell a rat', we mean we're suspicious of someone, we feel there's something wrong.

Li: 明白了,原來所謂的 「嗅到了老鼠 smell a rat」 意思就是起疑心,對什麼事情感到可疑,感到不對頭。So you think there is something wrong with this lottery?

Neil: I'm afraid so. Let's hear some examples of how to use 'smell a rat', today's expression in Authentic Real English.

  • A: I read an article about a diet which makes you lose six kilos in one week. It says there is no need for exercise. B: Six kilos in one week?! That's impossible! I smell a rat!
  • Jane smelt a rat when she read a job advert for actresses in the newspaper. It said "no training or experience required", but they wanted someone "good-looking and open-minded".

Li: Oh. No money for me then… but are you sure, Neil? Maybe this one is for real…

Neil: No, it's not, Li. And you shouldn't send emails around with your bank details. It's very dangerous. Someone might steal your money!

Li: Yes. I should be careful with my email.

Neil: Think: have you ever entered the Australian lottery? Did you buy a ticket?

Li: No. I've never even been to Australia.

Neil: So how could you be the winner? It's a scam, Li. It's a dishonest way to make money by deceiving people like you.

Li: You are right, Neil. I wanted to win the lottery so much!

Neil: So let's go out and buy a proper lottery ticket. One we know is real!

Li: Maybe we will win!

Neil: Maybe we will! Let's go. Bye.

Li: Bye.