雅思口語提分秘訣:地道俚語的使用

高分的雅思口語回答離不開地道俚語的使用,今天就來總結一些簡單易用的俚語表達,為咱們的口語回答增添色彩。

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1.Be in the air 將要發生的事情

Meaning: The feeling or idea that something new is about to happen or is going to change.

Example: From the arguments going on at the meeting, it seems that a change in policy is in the air.

2.Clear the air 消除誤會

Meaning: To settle a dispute and restore good relations

Example: We had a meeting with the workers, and I think we’ve cleared the air now.

3.Cost an arm and a leg 極其昂貴

Meaning: To be very expensive

Example: I love that fur coat. However, I don’t think I’m going to buy it because it costs an arm and a leg.

4.A bad egg 缺乏道德的人

Meaning: Somebody who has no moral principles and should be avoided

Example: You mustn’t lend Tim money, he’s a bad egg. You’ll never see him or your money again!

5.In the Bag 穩操勝券

Meaning: Said of an achievement which is secure

Example: We have the deal in the bag. The client came in this morning to sign the agreement.

6.In the balance 未知的,不可預測的

Meaning: Said when the outcome of a situation is unknown or unpredictable

Example: His career as a pilot is in the balance, as his eyesight does not seem good enough.

7.Drive a hard bargain 極力討價還價

Meaning: To have the negotiating strength and skills to get the most advantageous price and conditions

Example: Amanda is negotiating the best price from the suppliers. She drives a hard bargain.

8.Ring a bell 看上去或聽起來非常熟悉

Meaning: To look, sound or seem familiar

Example: That face rings a bell, where have I seen him before?

9.Tighten one's belt 節衣縮食

Meaning: To cut down on spending because there is less income than before

Example: Now you are out of work, you’ll have to tighten your belt and give up buying new clothes and going out so often.

10.Kill two birds with one stone 一石二鳥

Meaning: To complete two tasks together, with less effort than doing them separately

Example: Since I’d gone to the store to buy some bread, I thought of killing two birds with one stone and invited Mr. Biggs to the party.

11.Be in a black mood 情緒極差

Meaning: To be so negative about everything that it is impossible for anyone to reason with him/her

Example: My father has been in a black mood for days, we dare not say anything to him.

12.New blood 新成員

Meaning: New people brought into an organization to introduce different and original ideas

Example: It was decided to bring new blood into the school by employing teachers with the latest training.

13.Feeling blue 感到無精打采

Meaning: Feeling sad or depressed

Example: She’s feeling blue, because the man she loves is far away.

14.Get to the bottom of something 弄清真相

Meaning: To find out the truth about something

Example: I’m trying to get to the bottom of why David left without saying goodbye.

15.A piece of cake 輕松的事

Meaning: Something which is very easy to do

Example: Here…let me put the batteries in for you. It’s a piece of cake.

16.Pay a call 拜訪

Meaning: To visit somebody

Example: As we’re in this neighborhood, we might as well pay the Jacksons a call, we haven’t seen them for ages.

17.By chance 偶然, 意外的

Meaning: Unexpectedly; with no prior planning

Example: By chance, I bumped into my wife in the shopping mall

 

18.Round the clock 夜以繼日的

Meaning: To do something continuously, without a break or pause

Example: The ambulance services worked round the clock hauling people trapped in the building to safety.

 

19.Keep one’s cool 保持冷靜

Meaning: To stay calm in a difficult situation

Example: If the traffic is jammed, the only thing to do is keep your cool, or get out of the car and walk!

 

20.In a tight corner 處于困境

Meaning: In an extremely difficult situation

Example: Whenever I get into a tight corner, I try to rely on quick thinking to get out of it.


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