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「到時再說!」英文怎麼回?學會4個實戰情境,放膽和外國人來場日常英語對話!

在與朋友的日常談話中,我們可以使用什麽有趣的短語讓交談更生動和本土化一些呢?英文學習網站以簡單實用的教學方式,讓你學習英文輕鬆上手。本文將透過不同的場景範例,爲有興趣學習日常英語的人提供有用的提示。

1、問候朋友

當你碰到一個常見面的朋友,可以熱情的說"Hi"或"Hey!"向對方打招呼。可是,如果不常見或好久沒見,你也許希望與朋友稍微聊一下,互相交換近況:

How's it going?
What's new?
How are things?
How're you doing?
How have you been?
What's up!

這些都是問候朋友「近況如何」。在美劇常聽到的"What's up!",有「最近發生了什麽特別的事嗎?」的意思,是在美國常見的問候語。

問候一群男生或女生朋友,可以說:

Hi everyone!
Hey guys!

"Hey guys!"不僅適用於問候一群男生朋友,也可以用在一群女生朋友,或者是"Hey girls!"和"Hey ladies!"都可以。

如果要强調與朋友太長時間沒見面了:

It's been forever!
I haven't seen you in ages!
I haven't seen you for so long!
How long has it been since I last saw you?
When was the last time we saw each other?

這些都是强調「我好久沒見過你了!」、「上次見面是什麽時候?」。因此,只要一段時間沒見了,可以對朋友說:

How have you been? It's been ages since I saw you.
I haven't seen you for so long! How are things?

對於熟悉的朋友,可能對他的生活、工作和家庭情況有些瞭解,也可以問問其他有關情況:

How's work going?
How's the new job?
How's school going?
How's your family?
How's the new place?(如果知道朋友剛搬遷)
How's Jane doing?(如果認識朋友的家人、伴侶)
What's new with your kids? (如果認識朋友的小孩)
How are your mom and dad doing?(如果認識朋友的父母)

(示意圖/pexels)
美劇常聽到的"What's up!",有「最近發生了什麽特別的事嗎?」的意思,是在美國常見的問候語。(示意圖/Huy ProShoot@pexels

2、與朋友聊天

寒暄後開始短暫的閑聊,假如察覺朋友心情似乎特別好、或者不像平常那麽微笑,可以依你對他的瞭解打開話匣子:

You seem to be in a great mood today.
Looks like you've had a good day.
You seem a bit tired / stressed / distracted.(你似乎有點累 / 壓力 / 分心)

假如朋友詢問自己的狀況,可以如此回答:

Great!
Couldn't be better.
Pretty good / tired.
Things are great / so-so / alright, I guess. (事情很好 / 一般 / 我想還可以)

在閒聊的過程,如果不願意對某個問題與朋友深入交談,例如你剛離職而朋友又剛好詢問你的工作情況,你希望能夠儘快轉移話題,可以回答說:

That's the thing – I'm now looking for a new job.
I'm taking a break now.

不想繼續談論某個話題時,可以把它交回給朋友:

I'm not really sure what to say. What about you?
Could be better, but not to worry. And you?
I'm sure things'll get better soon. What about you?
How are things at your end?

如果要結束某個不願多談的話題時:

Things are fine.
I'm sure I'll manage fine.
Yeah, you know how it is.

建議你在短語前用上"so",可以幫助對話流程,也讓你的提問更流暢。例如:

So, how did the meeting go with your boss?
So, how did it go with your girlfriend Janet?
So, are you still working at the furniture store?

如果你們有共同的朋友,可以相互交換訊息:

I saw Frankie last week. He has a new job.(告訴對方一個你們共同認識朋友的近況)
Have you seen Molly recently? What's she up to?(詢問對方有關一個共同認識朋友的近況)

有好消息與朋友分享,或者希望引起朋友的注意時,可以用較誇張的語氣說:

You'll never guess – I'm getting married next month!
You won't believe this – I got the job!
Have you heard – our favorite rock band is performing this weekend!

在交談中聽到令人驚訝的消息,可以用驚嘆的語氣反應:

No way!
You're kidding!
You're joking!
Really?!
I can't believe that!
That's terrific / terrible / shocking! (太棒了 / 可怕 / 令人震惊)

"That's terrible / shocking! " 只用在當你聽到不好的消息時,例如朋友告訴你,他遇到的可怕經歷或意外等。其他短語例子則是好、壞消息兩者皆適用。

(示意圖/pexels)
問候之後便可以開啟話題。(示意圖/Helena Lopes@pexels

3、與朋友安排計劃

一般朋友見面時都會同時計劃下次出遊或約會時間,你可以建議說:

Let's get together.
Let's hang out!
Let's go out tonight. What do you reckon?
How about going to the cinema / park / library?
Let's go window shopping.("我們去逛街吧!")
Let's paint the town red!("讓我們出去盡情狂歡吧!")

對朋友提出的建議,可以如此回答:

Ok! Count me in!
Sounds good!
Great, see you then!
Wonderful!
Cool, see you there!
Let's play it by ear.

"Play it by ear"原本是指在沒有樂譜可看的情況下,憑藉著耳朵與對旋律的記憶,把聽過的曲子彈奏出來。後來就引申為 「未經事先刻意安排,視當時情況而定」,也解釋為「到時再說吧!」。

對約會不確定或是不能出席:

Maybe, I'm not sure yet.
Let me get back to you.
Sorry, I have something else on.
Sorry, I'm really busy right now.

(示意圖/pexels)
最後可以約下次見面時間或是有禮貌的道別。(示意圖/Juan Pablo Arenas@pexels

4、結束談話

與朋友結束短暫的談話,但希望可以再次見面深談,可以對朋友提出建議:

We should get together sometime.
Hey, let's catch up next week.
We should get coffee soon.
We should go out for a drink sometime soon.

爲了表示你真的希望能夠再次見面,可以問朋友"You have my number, right?"或是"Do I have your cell? "

至於不是太熟悉的朋友,在近期可能沒有要再次見面的意圖,可以客氣的表示:

It was so nice to see you!
Well, guess I'd better go.
Hope to see you again soon!
Catch you later!
Don't be a stranger!
Take care!
Bye!

英文短語非常有趣和容易學習,希望你閲讀這篇文章之後,能夠放膽與朋友以英語輕鬆交談喔 !

本圖/文經授權轉載自EF English Live(原篇名:與朋友談話時常用的短語)
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