聽到沉悶嘅談話內容,我哋或者會「左耳入,右耳出 」,將說話當作「耳邊風」。

點樣用英文表達呢?我哋可以咁樣形容:

1. Go in one ear and out the other

最簡單,最近乎直譯嘅講法就係呢句喇。
e.g. My repeated warnings to Mary went in one ear and out the other.
Mary把我對她的反覆警告都當作耳邊風,左耳入右耳出。

 

2.Take words like a passing wind

「左耳入,右耳出 」換句話說,亦即係將說話當作「耳邊風」。所以,別人聽自己講嘢時「左耳入,右耳出 」,當「耳邊風」的話,可以咁講:

Take words like a passing wind
指說話好似一陣吹過嘅風,沒被放在心上。
e.g. Mary took my words like a passing wind.
他把我的話當耳邊風。

另外兩個意思相近嘅講法係:

  • Words taken as a puff of wind
  • Words that pass by (somebody) like the idle air
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3. Fallen on deaf ears/ Turn a deaf ear to

兩句嘅意思都係聽者當說話係「耳邊風」,或者置之不理/充耳不聞。用法分別在於:

  • (某些說話)has fallen on deaf ears
  • (某人)turn(s) a deaf ear to (某些說話)

e.g. John turns a deaf ear to my advice.
John對我的勸告充耳不聞。

 

4. Like water off a duck’s back

呢個講法係特別用於勸告;原來因為鴨仔嘅羽毛「跣水」,就算有水滴落去都唔會沾濕身體--就好似被當作「耳邊風」嘅說話對某人毫無作用一樣。

e.g. My good advice rolls off Mary like water off a duck’s back.
我的忠告對Mary來說猶如耳邊風一樣,根本不起作用。



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