2012年6月3日 星期日

談情說愛 英語

. 2012年6月3日 星期日

美國人儘管喊了多少年的「性開放」,但很多美國人在談情說愛方面,仍然喜歡採用一些含蓄保守的詞句或語句,表現文明和禮貌。以下舉一些例句,或許能說明一二。

1.to have a crush on (someone);
to feel an instant magnetism;
to catch one's eyes; to hit it off;
to have the hots for (someone);
to be attracted to each other.


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這些片語,都是描寫男女間互相傾慕,兩情相悅,有吸引力或一見鍾情。
例如:
* He (she) has a crush on her (him) (他對她十分愛慕) 。
* He felt an instant magnetism when their eyes met. (他們見面時,他立即感到磁性般的吸住)。
意指女的外表吸引; 如果是 she felt …… 那麼就是指男的外表吸引。
* A nice-looking girl caught his eye.(漂亮的妞兒吸住)。 注意:不用 eyes。
* He was introduced to a pretty woman and they seem to hit it off immediately.(他被介紹給一位漂亮女子後,他們似乎就一見鍾情)。 或
* They were attracted to each other the moment their eyes met.
* When he met her, he had the hots for her.(當他見到她,他就對她愛慕不已。)(多半指 sexual attraction。)
例如說,女對男的沒有興趣,那麼也可以說:
* She did not feel any attraction toward him.(她對他毫無興趣); 或
* He is the man for whom she feels no attraction, catch or no catch.(不管他的條件好或壞,她對他就是沒有興趣)。
這裡的 catch,可指財富、地位、名望和外表。
2.to be a lady's man (或 ladies' man);
to be a prince on a white horse;
to be a casanova;
to be a womanizer. 
這些都是指男人英俊瀟灑,作風奔放,野性旺盛,喜歡在「女人窩」裏。例如:
* Mr. Lin has been considered a prince on a white horse.(林先生被認為是白馬王子。)
這是中古時代女子對男人的夢中理想,然而現在也有老外認為美男子應該是:全身盔甲燦爛光輝的王子。
* He is a prince in a shining armour.(動詞時態:shine, shone 或 shined。)
* Many people think that Mr. Clinton is a real lady's man.(或 a real womanizer)(許多人認為柯林頓先生喜歡在女人窩裏。)
*As a casanova, he has many girl friends.(由於他是美男子,他有許多女友。)
(Casanova 是義大利人,據說是頂尖的美男子,他的全名是:Casanova de seingalt Giovanni Giacomo 在此 casanova 被當做普通名詞,故 c 不必大寫。

如果形容男人外表魅惑力大,能使女人「如饑似渴」般崇拜他,也可以說:
* He has melted her down and made her knees buckle.(他把她溶化了,使她拜倒他的西裝褲下)。
這句話老外通常不用在男人身上,也許因為男子應該比較堅強些吧!或且說:
* So many women swarmed him like bees to the honey.(許多女人看到他,就像一群蜜蜂見到蜜那樣蜂擁而至。)

倘若說:…… like flies to the garbage 指像一群蒼蠅喜歡垃圾那樣,當然就不是恭維了。
3.to be a beauty queen; to be a dream boat;
to be a cutie; to be a babe;
to be a fox.
這些都是形容女人漂亮,曲線玲瓏,身材曼妙,揮身性感或散發一種性感的野性。
例如:
* She is a beauty queen.(= very beautiful)
* She is a cutie.(= pretty and attractive)(漂亮迷人)
* She is a dream boat.(= ideal type of woman)(理想女人)
* She is a babe.(= very beautiful and attractive)
* She is a fox.(= She is a foxy lady = She is sexy.)(她很性感)。
注意:如果說: She is as sneaky(或 cunning)as a fox. 又是指她像狐狸一樣的狡猾。

假如女人能使男人拜倒她的石榴裙下或神魂顛倒那麼就能說:
* Her beauty (attraction) has caused his knees to shake. (或 to quiver)(她的漂亮迷人使他膝部發抖)。或
* She made him feel up there in the clouds.
(= on clouds nine = on the top of the world)(她使他神魂顛倒,飄飄然如仙。)
其實,所謂「情人眼裏出西施」(Beauty is in the eyes of beholder),世上的美或醜,只是主觀的看法而已。
4.to fall in love with (someone);
to fall head over heels in love; to love (someone) from head to toe.
都是指男歡女愛,沉溺情海,或是愛得暈頭轉向。
例如:
* They have fallen in love with each other for years.(他們相愛多年)。(動詞時態:fall, fell, fallen)
* He fell head over heels in love with her.
(= He fell for her head over heels = He is head over-heels in love with her.)(他與她沉溺情海,愛得暈頭轉向。)多半指很快落入情海。
* He loves her from head to toe.(他從頭到腳地愛她)。多指經過較長時間後才熱戀, 或
* He falls madly in love with her.

至於男女熱戀時「目中無人」或「形影不離」,也可以說:
* They are two peas in a pod. (他們像豆莢裏的兩粒豆子--即形影不離。)
* They only have eyes for each other(and forget the entire world.)(世界上似乎只有他們兩個人。) 
5. to sow (one's) oats; to fool around with women.
這多半是指男人喜歡拈花惹草,到處留情。
例如:

Before his marriage, he sowed his (wild) oat. (他在結婚前,到處留情。)
Do you think he is sowing his (wild) oats? (你想他在拈花惹草嗎?)

至於 to feel(one's)oats 的意思,也有精力旺盛,想動人腦筋的味道。 例如:
Now he is divorced, he is feeling his oats again.(現在他離婚了,他又在動女人的腦筋了。)
He liked to fool around with girls when he was young.(他年輕時喜歡與女孩鬼混。); 或
He was a promiscuous lover. He tried to get many girl friends.(他亂交女友)。 或者,
He falls in and out of love as the wind changes.(他愛來愛去,像風變一樣。)

6. to make a pass at (someone); to make eyes on (someone); to kid around with (someone).
意思是挑逗、引誘(seduce) 或眉來眼去(flirting)。
例如:

He(she)has made a pass(或 passes)at her (him)(他挑逗她)。
She was 18 when he made a pass at her in the bar.(她18歲時,他在酒吧引誘她。)
這句片語,多半指口頭上(verbal)的引誘,有時也有動作上(physical)的挑逗或調情。
He made eyes on her.(She is attracted to him.)或
He kids around with her in a flirting manner.(他對她眉來眼去。)(名詞是:flirtation;動詞是 flirt)

7.  to sweep(someone)off(someone's)feet.
意思是使某人狂熱,傾心或愛慕或給某人深刻的印象。
例如:

Mr. Chen swept Miss Wang off her feet.(陳先生使王小姐傾慕不已。)
With her charm and beauty, she sweeps me off my feet.(由於她的美麗與魅力,她使我十分傾心。)
Miss Young swept Mr. Lin off his feet.(楊小姐使林先生十分愛慕。)
She has so far swept ten men off their feet.(她如今已經使十位男人傾慕。) (動詞時態:sweep, swept, swept)
甚至也可以說: Cellist Yo-Yo Ma swept Taiwan off its feet during his visit.(大提琴家馬友友訪台時引起台灣的狂熱。)
注意:feet前面的代名詞所有格,要與前面名詞受格一致(即:Sweep me off my feet; swept Taiwan off its feet; sweep the lady off her feet)。

8.  to turn a few heads.
意思是指外表的吸引,使人回頭看幾眼。
例如:

She has turned a few heads.
= She has made men to turn a few heads.(也許因為她美麗性感或賣弄風情,使男人回頭看她幾眼。)
也就是:As she is beautiful, she turns a few heads.

同理:
He has turned a few heads.
= He has made women to turn a few heads.(也許因為他英俊瀟灑使女人回頭看他幾眼。); 也就是:
= As he is handsome, he turns a few heads.

照理說,應該是別人 turn a few heads,但是因為當事人的美麗或英俊,導致別人轉頭看他(她)幾眼。即:
She (he) attracted other people to turn a few heads.

但是如果是其他原因,往往也會引起別人回頭看幾眼。(諸如明星、球王或奇裝異服者。)
例如:
The baseball star has turned a few heads.
= The baseball star has made the fans turn a few heads.(因為他打球有名,所以球迷轉頭看他。)
注意:老外不用 to turn many heads 或 to turn a lot of heads,因為不太可能一次就有許多人同時轉頭看。

9. to be off-limits; to be hands-off.
用在男女關係,有 「不許碰」的意思。
例如:

She is off-limits.(=She is not available.)(沒有說明原因,也許因為結了婚或名花有主。)
She(he)is off-limit because she(he)is married. (off-limit後面不加s時,多半說明理由。)
Hands-off the married man.(Womam)(不要動已婚男人(女人)的腦筋。)(Hands-off = keep your hands off)

但是 off-limits, hands-off 也有「禁止入內」,「受到限制」或「不懂情趣」、「不干涉」的意思。
例如:
The building remains off-limits.(這棟大廈不對外開放。)
She may dump hands-off boy friend. (她將丟棄不懂情趣的男友。)
China emphasizes a hands-off foreign policy towards the internal affairs of other countries.
(中國強調不干涉他國內政的外交政策。)

10. to be all hands; to be an octopus; to be(become)fresh
都是指男人對女人毛手毛腳。
例如:

The minutes he got her alone, he was all hands.(一旦她單獨一個人,他就上下其手。)
The girl did not want to go out with him because he was an octopus.(這女孩不願與他外出,因為他毛手毛腳。)
He becomes fresh whenever he dates.(每次約會,他總是毛手毛腳。); 或
He can not seem to keep his hands to himself. When he was fresh, she slapped on his face.(當他毛手毛腳時,她給他一巴掌。)
注意:He looks fresh. 意思又是:他看來精神振作,生氣勃勃。

11. to shack up with(someone); to be live-in
指男女沒有結婚而同居 。
例如:

The man has been shacking up with the pretty girl for months.(這男子與那漂亮的姑娘同居幾個月了)。
The two lovers were not ready for marriage, so they decided to shack up together.(這對情侶還未準備好結婚,因此決定先同居。)
She is his live-in girlfriend.(她是他同居的女友。)(live-in當形容詞用)。

如果指女子比較「隨便」或「放蕩」,也可以說:
She has a reputation of being easy. (她有「男人容易得手」的名聲。); 或
She gives herself to her boyfriend in every way.

假如是柏拉圖式的愛情(精神戀愛)而沒有肉欲的肌膚之親,那麼就可以說:
They just have platonic relationship.(他們只是純潔友誼。)或
Their friendship is based on platonic love.(他們的友情是基於柏拉圖式的愛情。);
至於 to have a one-night stand with(someone)又是指與某人一夜風流。
例如:

He had a one-night stand with the woman. (他與這女子有一夜露水的關係。)
She is the person he would most want to have a one-night stand with.(她就是他最想一夜風流的女子。)

12.  to tie the knot;to be attached
都是指結婚。
例如:

Take a long, hard look before you tie the knot.(=to get married)(結婚前,你要長時間的仔細觀察。)
The rich man needs a prenuptial agreement before he is attached.(富翁需要一份婚前契約。)

如果形容婚後相親相愛、情話綿綿,那麼也可以說:
Every second of every minute of every day I love her(him).(每天每分每秒我都在愛她。)
When we love each other, every day is Thanksgiving and every night is New Year's Eve.(當我們相愛時,每天就是感恩節,每夜都是除夕夜。)
I blew her a kiss and she blew me one back.(我給她一個飛吻,她也回我一個。)
Marriage is just like wine getting better with age.(婚姻如美酒,愈陳愈香。)

有時夫妻還可開個玩笑或幽默一下:
I have been nesting with the same hen for 30 years.(我與同樣的母雞共巢 30 年。)
I am nesting with the wrong rooster.(我與混蛋的公雞巢居。)(hen 指太座,rooster 指老公。)

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