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In Life (as in an Omelet) You Need to 'Break Some Eggs'

生活(就像在制作一个鸡蛋卷)你需要‘打碎一些鸡蛋’

Now, Words and Their Stories from VOA Learning English.

现在是VOA英语学习《词汇与它们的故事栏目》时间。

On this program, we explore common expressions and idioms a little more in depth, Today, we discuss a popular and common food – eggs!

在这档节目中,我们对常见的短语和习语进行更加深入一点儿的探讨。今天我们讨论一种流行而又常见的食物-鸡蛋!

People who like eggs think they are egg-xecllent (excellent)! Egg-traordinary (extraordinary)!!  Egg-mazing (amazing)!!!

喜欢吃鸡蛋的人认为鸡蛋是极好的!非凡的!令人大为惊奇的!

Okay, that last one didn’t really work.

好吧,不存在发最后一个音的单词。

So, let’s talk about cooking with eggs.

那么,今天让我们谈谈如何用鸡蛋烹饪吧。

In the mid-1970s, the U.S. American Egg Board -- a group that represents egg farmers -- wanted to create an advertising campaign that captured the usefulness and versatility of the egg. Its ad campaign, called “The Incredible, Edible Egg,” told of all the health benefits and showed all the ways we can use eggs in our meals.

在20世纪70年代中期,一个代表鸡民的组织美国鸡蛋协会想要发起一场广告宣传活动来引起人们对鸡蛋的实用性和用途多样性的注意。它的广告宣传活动叫作“不可思议的,可食用的鸡蛋”。它讲述了鸡蛋对于健康的所有益处并展示了如何把鸡蛋做成饭的所有方法。

For a party or a snack, in a mousse or in a pack, making omelets for the gang, in a salad or merengue, for a treat right after play, in an elegant soufflé … the incredible, edible egg.

用在聚餐和小吃中的慕斯里或者用在为一群人制作的鸡蛋卷外壳里,放在一份沙拉里,或者放在用于款待跳完默朗格舞的人的一份精美舒芙蕾里……多么令人惊叹的可食用的鸡蛋啊。

And it’s true. We use eggs in so many different dishes. And they are one of the most common breakfast foods in the United States. We eat them sunny side up, scrambled or poached, fried on a sandwich or cooked with vegetables or cheese in an omelet.

并且这是事实。我们在如此多的菜肴中使用鸡蛋。并且它们是美国最常见的早餐之一。我们会吃只煎一面的鸡蛋,炒着吃,煮着吃,煎好了放在三明治上吃,和蔬菜一起吃或者将它和奶酪一起做成鸡蛋卷。

And that brings us to this cooking-related idiom: “You can’t make an omelet without breaking a few eggs.”

而那就引出了这个与烹饪有关的习语:“不打碎几个鸡蛋你就做不成鸡蛋卷”。

We often say this as an answer to several different situations.

我们为了应对几种不同的情况经常这样说。

Here’s one:

这里是一种情况:

Let’s say you have an important goal or task. Well, sometimes you must do unpleasant things in order to complete that task or meet that goal. You can say you had to break a few eggs (those are the unpleasant things) to make the omelet (that is the task or goal).

比方说你有一个重要的目标或任务。那么有时为了完成那项任务或者达到那个目标,你必须做一些很不情愿的事。你可以说我必须打碎几个鸡蛋(指代那些不情愿去做的事)才能做成鸡蛋卷(它指代的是那个任务或者目标)。

However, we usually use this idiom in the negative form.

然而,我们通常使用这个习语的否定形式。

A: What are you doing?! This place is a mess! The floor is covered with cardboard and paint! And what is that shiny stuff all over the new rug?!

你在做什么?!这儿真是乱七八糟!地上堆满了硬纸片和颜料!新地毯上那种闪闪发光的东西是什么?

B: Its glitter! I'm making some props for my next video project. Its going to be amazing!

它很耀眼!我正在为我下一个视频项目制作一些道具。它将成为令人惊奇的视频。

A: But I cant walk across the floor! I cant even SEE the floor!

但是我不能在地板上走动了!我甚至看不到地板了!

B: I know it looks bad. But, you know what they say: You cant make an omelet without breaking a few eggs!

我知道它看起来很糟糕。但是,你知道人们会说:不打碎几个鸡蛋你就做不成鸡蛋卷(不付出点儿代价你就做不成点儿事儿)。

Ok, here is another situation. Sometimes “You can’t make an omelet without breaking a few eggs” means it is impossible to get something important done without creating a problem for someone else. So, the result may be good for you, but not for everyone.

这里是另外一种情景。有时,“不打碎几个鸡蛋你就做不成鸡蛋卷”的意思是不为他人制造点儿麻烦你就不可能做成一些事情。所以,对你来说结果可能是好的,但是并不是对于每个人都是好的。

Let’s hear it used this way in a dialogue.

我们听听它这种用法在对话中的应用。

A: Our customers are not going to be happy if we move our company to a new city.

如果我们将公司搬到一个新的城市,我们的客户会很不开心。

B: Ive looked at the numbers. And moving is the only way we can grow and expand. Taxes are just too high here.

我已经看了这些数据。而搬迁是我们发展壮大的唯一出路。这里的税太高了。

A: Well, they are still going to be really angry.

好吧,他们仍旧会很生气。

B: Look, you cant make an omelet without breaking some eggs.

你看,不打碎几个鸡蛋你就做不成鸡蛋卷(不牺牲一些人的利益就做不成任何事)

Yet another situation involves an element of sacrifice. In order to get something good or useful, you must give up something else.

然而另外一种情景也包含着一种牺牲的元素。为了得到某个好的或有用的事物,你必须放弃其他的东西。

A: Look, I dont think I can give up sugar for one whole month.

瞧,我认为我做不到一整月不吃糖。

B: Well, that's the only way you are going to lose the weight before your wedding.

好吧,那是你唯一可以在结婚前成功减肥的方法。

A: Isnt there another way??

难道没有另外一种方法吗?

B: You cant make an omelet without breaking some eggs.

不打碎几个鸡蛋你就做不成鸡蛋卷(不做点儿牺牲任何事都做不成)

A: I dont want an omelet. I want a double-chocolate iced coffee with ice cream on top!

我不想要鸡蛋卷。我想要一杯上面飘着冰淇淋的双层巧克力冰咖啡。

Now, let’s end the show back on cooking. Making an omelet does require some skill. But boiling an egg does not. You boil some water and put an egg in. That is the recipe. So, if we say that someone cant even boil egg, we mean they cannot cook … at all!

现在,让我们再次回到烹饪这个话题来结束这个节目。制作一个鸡蛋卷需要一些技巧。但是煮鸡蛋不需要。你煮开一些水然后放一个鸡蛋进去。那就是烹饪方法。所以,如果我们说某人连煮鸡蛋都不会,我们的意思是他们一点儿也不会烹饪。

And that’s all the time we have for this Words and Their Stories.

那是《词汇与它们的故事》栏目的全部时间。

Until next time … I’m Anna Matteo.

下期见……我是安娜·马泰奥

In Life (as in an Omelet) You Need to 'Break Some Eggs'

Now, Words and Their Stories from VOA Learning English.

On this program, we explore common expressions and idioms a little more in depth, Today, we discuss a popular and common food – eggs!

People who like eggs think they are egg-xecllent (excellent)! Egg-traordinary (extraordinary)!!  Egg-mazing (amazing)!!!

Okay, that last one didn’t really work.

So, let’s talk about cooking with eggs.

In the mid-1970s, the U.S. American Egg Board -- a group that represents egg farmers -- wanted to create an advertising campaign that captured the usefulness and versatility of the egg. Its ad campaign, called “The Incredible, Edible Egg,” told of all the health benefits and showed all the ways we can use eggs in our meals.

For a party or a snack, in a mousse or in a pack, making omelets for the gang, in a salad or merengue, for a treat right after play, in an elegant soufflé … the incredible, edible egg.

And it’s true. We use eggs in so many different dishes. And they are one of the most common breakfast foods in the United States. We eat them sunny side up, scrambled or poached, fried on a sandwich or cooked with vegetables or cheese in an omelet.

And that brings us to this cooking-related idiom: “You can’t make an omelet without breaking a few eggs.”

We often say this as an answer to several different situations.

Here’s one:

Let’s say you have an important goal or task. Well, sometimes you must do unpleasant things in order to complete that task or meet that goal. You can say you had to break a few eggs (those are the unpleasant things) to make the omelet (that is the task or goal).

However, we usually use this idiom in the negative form.

A: What are you doing?! This place is a mess! The floor is covered with cardboard and paint! And what is that shiny stuff all over the new rug?!

B: Its glitter! I'm making some props for my next video project. Its going to be amazing!

A: But I cant walk across the floor! I cant even SEE the floor!

B: I know it looks bad. But, you know what they say: You cant make an omelet without breaking a few eggs!

Ok, here is another situation. Sometimes “You can’t make an omelet without breaking a few eggs” means it is impossible to get something important done without creating a problem for someone else. So, the result may be good for you, but not for everyone.

Let’s hear it used this way in a dialogue.

A: Our customers are not going to be happy if we move our company to a new city.

B: Ive looked at the numbers. And moving is the only way we can grow and expand. Taxes are just too high here.

A: Well, they are still going to be really angry.

B: Look, you cant make an omelet without breaking some eggs.

Yet another situation involves an element of sacrifice. In order to get something good or useful, you must give up something else.

A: Look, I dont think I can give up sugar for one whole month.

B: Well, that's the only way you are going to lose the weight before your wedding.

A: Isnt there another way??

B: You cant make an omelet without breaking some eggs.

A: I dont want an omelet. I want a double-chocolate iced coffee with ice cream on top!

Now, let’s end the show back on cooking. Making an omelet does require some skill. But boiling an egg does not. You boil some water and put an egg in. That is the recipe. So, if we say that someone cant even boil egg, we mean they cannot cook … at all!

And that’s all the time we have for this Words and Their Stories.

Until next time … I’m Anna Matteo.

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Words in This Story

idiom – n. an expression that cannot be understood from the meanings of its separate words but that has a separate meaning of its own

extraordinary – adj. extremely good or impressive

amazing – adj. causing great surprise or wonder : causing amazement

versatility – n. the quality or state of having many uses or being able to do many different kinds of things

edible – adj. fit to be eaten

scrambled – adj. to prepare (eggs) by stirring during frying

poach – v. to cook in simmering liquid

negative – adj. a proposition which denies or contradicts another : an expression (such as the word no) of negation or denial

glitter – n. very small, shiny objects used to decorate a surface

recipe – n. a set of instructions for making food


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