Wow factor 讓人發出驚嘆叫好的東西
The script of this programme 本節目台詞
Feifei: Hello and welcome to Authentic Real English. I'm Feifei and joining me is Harry.
Harry: Hello there! And the expression we are going to look at in this programme is 'wow factor'.
Feifei: 本期節目要給大家介紹的這個表達是 wow factor。我們將給大家講解這個短語的意思和具體用法。誒，Harry, 你要搬家，房子找的怎麼樣了？
Harry: Oh, don't ask! Not very well, really. I mean, I've seen a few places so far, but they didn't really appeal to me.
Feifei: 啊，一套都沒看上？So none of them were any good?
Harry: They were OK. Adequate I suppose. I could live in some of them if I had to, but none of them had the wow factor. Do you know what I mean?
Feifei: Not really. 每套房子都缺少 「the wow factor」，這是什麼意思？
Harry: The wow factor? Something that makes you go 'wow' when you walk in.
Feifei: 當我們遇到一個讓人驚嘆的東西時，我們可能就會用英語感嘆詞 wow 來形容這個東西。
Harry: So, you know, a sun deck, a view of Big Ben, a steam room, a granite cocktail bar, a shared swimming pool – that kind of thing. My friend who teaches English in Indonesia has his own swimming pool and I was hoping …
Feifei: Yes, but this is London – 不是我說啊，這是倫敦，生活成本排名世界前幾名的。除非你花大價錢，否則怎麼可能找到有 wow factor 的房子。Wow factor 用在這個語境中形容一套讓你一進門就連聲感嘆叫好的房子，比如，帶有私人游泳池的那種豪宅。那還有什麼東西可以有 wow factor 呢？
Harry: You hear it a lot on TV. On cooking shows, when someone creates an exciting tasty dish they say it』s really got the wow factor.
Feifei: 嗯，我也在廚藝節目中聽過人們用這個表達。我記得有位大廚曾說 「It's just an omelette, but the chillies give it a real wow factor.」大致意思就是：「這不過是個不起眼的雞蛋卷，但加上辣椒後它就真的讓人眼前一亮。」
Harry: That's right. And in singing competitions, if the singer delivers an exciting performance, the judges say they really had the wow factor.
Feifei: 在歌唱選秀比賽中，評委老師對嗓音獨特的，讓全場觀眾眼前一亮的選手的評價就是「他們有 wow factor」。那是不是我們就可以這樣理解 wow factor：凡是讓我們感到驚喜的、了不起的、連聲稱讚的人或事，我們就可以說他們具有 wow factor？
Harry: That's right. Let's listen to some more examples.
- He's just bought a new Italian sports car – it's really got the wow factor.
- We're going to completely re-decorate the restaurant so there's more of a wow factor when you walk in.
Feifei: So, do you think you will find a place to live with the wow factor?
Harry: I'm not sure. But if I don't, I might spend my money on a 72-inch 3D TV. That way people will still get the wow factor when they walk in.
Feifei: That would certainly have the wow factor, and I want to come around and watch some cookery shows and singing competitions.
Harry: No problem! Join us again soon for Authentic Real English.