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Colour Idioms - Blue

颜色习语——蓝色

In this episode, The Teacher introduces you to three idiomatic phrases connected with the colour blue.

这节课,老师教大家三个和蓝色有关的习语。

1. A bolt from the blue.

1.晴天霹雳;飞来横祸;始料未及

2. Once in a blue moon

2.千载难逢

3. Until you are blue in the face

3.白费力气

Hello, I'm a very interesting and intelligent man.

哈喽,我是个幽默聪明的人。

And today, the colour blue and I are getting together to teach you some English idioms.

今天,我和这些蓝色会教大家几个英语习语。

I bet you've never been taught by the colour blue before.

我敢说没人之前上过这样的课吧。

Ah, such a beautiful warm day.

啊,如此温暖美丽的一天。

Urgh!

啊!

I didn't expect this terrible weather.

没想到天气转变这么快。

In fact, it's come as a bolt...argh... from the blue!

真是始料未及啊!

In... English... if something... comes as... a complete surprise... we... can say it's... a... bolt... from... the... blue. Ahhhhh!

在英语中,如果某事突如其来,我们可以说it’s… a… bolt… from… the… blue.啊!

It's a bolt from the blue.

始料未及。

And now... an astronomy lesson.

好吧...我们开始学天文学了。

The universe is...big.

宇宙很...大。

And things happen very... slowly.

事情发生得很...慢。

Ah, the moon. A new moon is created... not very often.

啊,月亮。这可是新鲜啊...这样的月亮可不常见。

In fact, it happens once in a blue moon.

实际上,这样的景象千载难逢。

In English, if things happen extremely rarely, we can say they happen 'once in a blue moon'.

在英语中,如果某事极其罕见,我们可以说‘once in a blue moon’.

Once in a blue moon.

千载难逢。

Like my students. They almost NEVER do their homework. In fact, they do it once in a blue moon. But they don't really listen to me.

就和我的学生一样,他们几乎从不做作业。事实上,我也是难得布置一次作业。但他们都不喜欢听我讲课。

I say to them 'Do your homework.' I do, 'Do your homework'. That's what I tell them. 'Do your homework.' That's what I say. 'Do your homework.'

我和他们说“做你的作业”,我确实说过,“做你的作业”。我就是这么告诉他们的,“做你的作业”。我也是这么说的,“做你的作业”。

That's right. I say it until I'm blue in the face.

没错。我会苦口婆心一直说下去。

In English, if we say something until we are blue in the face, we waste time and effort because we won't get any results.

在英语中,表示费力不讨好的事可以说until we are blue in the face.

Until you are blue in the face.

白费力气。

Oh please do your homework.

噢,请你把作业做了吧。

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