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【词汇典故】你看起来像“吃金丝雀的猫” You Look Like the 'Cat That Ate the Canary'

来源:慢速英语   时间:2020-01-10 17:42:21

People around the world love their pets. And in the United States, cats are very popular. But they are not just popular as pets. Their often strange and funny behavior has made them really popular on the Internet too.

 

 

So, it is not surprising that American English has many cat expressions. In past programs, we have talked about several of them. But today we focus on one expression that features another animal – birds.

 

全世界的人们都喜欢他们的宠物。在美国,猫非常受欢迎。但是它们不仅作为宠物而流行。他们常常奇怪而有趣的行为也使它们在互联网上也很受欢迎。

因此,美式英语有很多猫表情并不奇怪。在过去的程序中,我们讨论了其中几个。但是今天,我们专注于以另一种动物为特色的表达方式-鸟类。

 

Some cats like to catch and kill small birds. Birds such as sparrows, finches, robins and canaries are fair targets for these skilled hunters.

Today's program centers on the canary.

 

有些猫喜欢捉住并杀死小鸟。这些熟练猎人的目标是麻雀,雀科,知更鸟和金丝雀等鸟类。

今天的节目以金丝雀为中心。

 

With its beautiful feathers and lovely bird-song, many people keep canaries as pets, too. So, if a cat eats one, it may have a look on its face that shows both pride and guilt. The cat is happy it did it even if it is wrong to eat a fellow pet.

Now, do cats feel guilt and pride? Probably not. But people do.

 

以美丽的羽毛和可爱的鸟鸣,许多人也将金丝雀当作宠物。因此,如果一只猫吃了一只猫,它的脸上可能看起来既有骄傲又有罪恶感。猫很高兴它做到了,即使吃错宠物也是错误的。

现在,猫会感到内和自豪吗?可能不会。但是人们确实如此。

 

Let's say I look very proudbut slightly guilty for doing something I should not have done, others can say that I look like the cat that ate the canary. You can also say "swallowed" instead of "ate." Both work.

假设我看起来很自豪,但是因为做我不应该做的事情而感到内,其他人则可以说我看起来像是在吃金丝雀的猫。您也可以说“吞咽”而不是“吃”。两者都可以。

 

 

 

This look is not one of honest pride for hard work or a great achievement. If looks could talk, this one would say, "I just got away with something and you have no idea what it is. I should not have done it and I know it was wrong. But I am still pleased with myself!"

 

这种外表并非是他们努力工作或成就斐然的骄傲。如果看起来可以说话,这个人会说:“我只是逃避某件事,而你不知道那是什么。我不应该这样做,我知道那是错的。但是我仍然对自己感到满意!”

 

That's right. The expression "to look like the cat that ate the canary" says all of that.

那就对了。所有这些都表达了“看起来就像吃金丝雀的猫”。

 

When using this expression, don't forget the guilt part. Let's say you have a friend who studied really hard on a test and then scored really well. She feels proud of her accomplishment. Her smiling face shows it. But you would not say to her, "Well, don't you look like the cat who ate the canary. Congratulations!"

The expression does not work that way.

 

使用此表达式时,请不要忘记内感。假设您有一位朋友在考试中非常努力地学习,然后又取得了不错的成绩。她为自己的成就感到自豪。她的笑脸显示出来。但是您不会对她说:“好吧,您看起来像只吃金丝雀的猫吗?恭喜!”

该表达式不能那样工作。

 

 

However, if she did not study but still passed because she cheated and still looks proud about it ... then the expression will work quite well.

Now, we use this expression in other situations. Maybe we know something that no one else does and it shows on our face. We have a secret. We may look like the cat that swallowed the canary.

 

但是,如果她不读书但仍因自己受骗而仍然为此感到自豪……那么这种表达将非常有效。

现在,我们在其他情况下使用此表达式。 也许我们知道别人没有做过的某件事,并且它显示在我们的脸上。 我们有一个秘密。 我们可能看起来像吞了金丝雀的猫。

 

We use it when we are really pleased with ourselves – when we feel smug.

What does "smug" mean, you might ask.

 

当我们对自己感到非常满意时(当我们感到自满时)使用它。

您可能会问,“ 满志”是什么意思。

 

When you are smug, you are TOO proud of yourself – to the point where other people are upset or annoyed with you. You are too self-satisfied.

People who look like the cat that ate the canary are also hiding something from others or simply not telling all the details. One word for that is being coy.

 

当您感到自鸣得意时,您会为自己感到骄傲-甚至让其他人对您感到不高兴或烦恼。 你太满足了。

看起来像吃金丝雀的猫的人也向别人隐瞒了一些东西,或者只是不告诉所有细节。 一个词就是coy。

 

And that's all the time we have for this Words and Their Stories. Find a chance to practice with today's expression – "you look like the cat that ate the canary."

这就是我们一直在讲的这些单词及其故事。 用今天的表情找到练习的机会–“你看起来就像是在吃金丝雀的猫。”

 

重点词汇:

Words in This Story:

fellow – adj. used to describe people who belong to the same group or class or who share a situation, experience, etc.

proud – adj. very happy and pleased because of something you have done, something you own, someone you know or are related to, etc. : feeling pride

smug – adj. having or showing the annoying quality of people who feel very pleased or satisfied with their abilities, achievements, etc.

annoyed – adj. slightly angry; irritated

coy – adj. not telling or revealing all the information that could be revealed

 

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