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实用口语:老外并不是那么喜欢用Yes

  yes是个很常见的词,我们总觉得它使用频率很高,但其实在老外的口中,在非正式的场合中,并没有我们想象得那么常见。

  相反,有其他表达可以让你的英语表达听起来更自然。

  NO.1 肯定对方的话

  使用yes的最简单方式是肯定对方说的话,换句话说,你认为它是真的。

  A: Is it going to be hot tomorrow?

  A:明天会很热吗?

  B: Yes.

  B:是的。

  A: The meeting’s at 5:30, right?

  A:会议5点半开,对吧?

  B: Yes.

  B:是的。

  但是,这要看你在和谁谈话,用肯定回答yes有时听起来太正式、太僵硬,甚至会使人生气。下面是一些更随意的回答:

  Yeah!

  是啊!

  Yup!(Tends to sound more definitive than yeah)

  是的!(听起来比yeah的确定性更强)

  Mhm (Can sometimes come off as dismissive)

  嗯(有时会显得轻蔑)

  Uh-huh (Same connotations as mhm)

  嗯哼(含义和嗯一样)

  A: Are you going to the movies with us tomorrow?

  A:你明天和我们一起去看电影吗?

  B: Yes. (Too rigid of a response between friends)

  B:是的。(朋友之间使用会显得太僵化)

  A: Uh, okay… Is everything alright?

  A:嗯,好吧……一切都好吗?

  B: Yeah, I’m fine…

  B:是的,我很好……

  A: Are you going to the movies with us tomorrow?

  A:你明天和我们一起去看电影吗?

  B: Yup! (Definitive answer, but still sounds friendly)

  B:是的!(明确的回答,但听起来仍然很友好)

  A: Cool, see you then!

  A:真棒,到时见!

  A: Hey, let me know when you’re done with the editing.

  A:嘿,编辑完了就告诉我。

  B: Mhm. (A dismissive answer that in

实用口语:老外并不是那么喜欢用Yes

dicates that B is busy)

  B:嗯厄。(一个不屑的回答暗示B很忙)

  还有一组表达可以用来表示某事是绝对正确的,这些回复比简单地说yes强得多。

  For sure.

  当然。

  Definitely.

  一定。

  Of course.(Implies that the other person should already know)

  当然。(意思是别人应该已经知道了)

  Absolutely.(Sounds slightly more enthusiastic)

  当然可以。(听起来更热情一点儿)

  Certainly.(More formal-sounding)

  当然可以。(听起来比较正式)

  Indeed.(Probably the least commonly used one in the list. It will either sound very formal or purposefully funny.)

  的确。(可能是列表中最不常用的一个,它听起来很正式,也有点刻意的趣味)

  A: Is it going to be hot tomorrow?

  A:明天会热吗?

  B: Definitely. I checked the weather this morning.

  B:肯定的。我今天早上查看了天气。

  或

  B: For sure. I checked the weather this morning.

  B:当然了。我今天早上查看了天气。

  A: Is it going to be hot tomorrow?

  A:明天会热吗?

  B: Of course, it’s July! (Implies that the other person should already know it’s going to be hot)

  B:当然了,现在是七月!(暗示其他人应该已经知道天气会很热)

  Visitor: Can turkeys fly?

  参观者:火鸡会飞吗?

  Zookeeper: Certainly, though when it comes to escaping predators, they prefer to run. (A proper response for a more professional interaction)

  动物管理员:当然可以,不过说到逃避捕食者,他们更喜欢跑。(对更专业互动的适当回复)

  A: Do you like 30 Rock?

  A:你喜欢摇滚30吗?

  B: Indeed! It’s one of my favorite shows. (A quirky response made on purpose)

  B:确实喜欢!这是我最喜欢的节目之一。(故意做出的、怪异的反应)

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