中国时间 10:53 2017年8月17日 星期四
YR: Jessica, Congratulations! And I'm mad at you!
Jessica: What? Why? What's going on?
YR: 我听说你交了个特帅的男朋友! 所以当然恭喜你一下喽!不过，咱俩是好朋友，你居然瞒着我，所以我生气啦!
Jessica: What boyfriend? Where did you hear it?
YR: 大家都这么说啊。就是...啊...怎么说来着，street words say...
Jessica: Do you mean "word on the street"?
YR: 对! Word on the street is you've got a new boyfriend! 坊间传言，您交了新男友哦!
Jessica: Gosh! This is pure rumor! Yiru, you must tell me who told you this. I need to dispel this rumor!
Jessica: Deal! 道听途说...Let me see...Okay, you can say "I heard something through the grapevine." Grapevine is spelt g-r-a-p-e-v-i-n-e.
YR: 哦，grapevine是葡萄藤的意思，I heard it through the grapevine 就是“通过葡萄藤听来的消息”，也就是道听途说喽! 还有别的说法么？
Jessica: You can also say "a little bird told me." For example, if you don't want to tell others the source of your information, you can say "Let's just say I know because a little bird told me."
YR: 哈哈，真可爱，A little bird told me, 小鸟告诉我的!
Jessica: 好啦，现在你可以告诉我了吧？Who's spreading the rumor?
YR: Well, let's just say a little bird told me!
Jessica: Hey! That's cheating, Yiru! Besides, if you say "a little bird told me," usually it means both you and I actually know the source of the information, but neither of us wants to say it. 可我现在不知道啊!
YR: 原来，在用 a little bird told me 的时候，大家对消息来源其实都心知肚明，只是故意不说。好吧，那我告诉你吧，其实---I heard the rumor through the grapevine!
YR: 今天我们学的内容包括：第一，坊间传言可以说Word on the street is...;
第二，道听途说可以说 I heard it through the grapevine;
第三，大家心照不宣地不挑名消息来源，可以说 A little bird told me.