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〈 職人英語通〉徒勞無功 Beating a dead horse

 

這跟另一句英文俚語”to milk a bull(幫公牛擠牛奶)”意思雷同,都有「徒勞無功」之意。

Chris:Hey, I need your opinion!

Chris:嘿,我需要你的意見!

Sheila:Sure, on what?

Sheila:沒問題,哪方面的呢?

Chris:I showed you my designs last time, remember?

Chris:上次我給妳看過我的設計,還記得嗎?

Sheila:Of course I do. They are so unique and cute. I personally like them a lot!

Sheila:當然囉。它們是如此與眾不同又可愛。我個人非常喜歡呢!

Chris:I actually sent some of my designs to a company but they have never got back to me with any comments at all. Do you think I should try other companies or I’m just beating a dead horse. No one will be interested in those at all?

Chris:實際上我已經把自己的一些設計寄去給一家公司了,可是他們連個回音都沒給,你覺得我應該要試試別家公司嗎?還是這根本就是徒勞無功。沒有人會對我的設計感興趣的。

Sheila:I wouldn’t say that, but to be honest, I find your ideas a bit too avant-garde for this market. You should try some companies in Europe.

Sheila:我不那樣認為。不過老實說,我覺得你的設計對這個市場來說有點過於前衛。你應該要試試一些在歐洲的公司。

Chris:Why?

Chris:為什麼?

Sheila:Consumers there are more sophisticated and I believe they’ll be more receptive to new ideas. You’d never know. You may just be a most-wanted top designer in no time!

Sheila:那邊的消費者比較成熟,我相信他們也比較能接受新的想法。說不定,你可能很快就變成最熱門的頂尖設計師了呢!

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